This is essentially a pseudo "Declaration of Intent" and is obviously completely open to discussion and advice! I've decided to start a long term hobby collection of watches. I don't have much in the way of "spare income" so this is going to be several years in the making and as such will very likely alter it's shape over time. In order to keep my thoughts on one place I beg the indulgence of the board to use this thread as a "placekeeper" for my decisions, if the forum owners are ok with that? I've found myself following many of the threads here on Calibre11 and vicariously sharing the pleasure you all have with your watches, so wanted to share the same as and when I have something to share! I've been considering my reactions as I see the photos of the various Tags and Heuers and comparing those reactions to the emotions I feel when I think about the watches I have now, and those I've owned in the past. As some of you may remember: I've owned a TAG Heuer 1000 Professional ref 844/5 from new and it still stirs my soul whenever I look at it. (I wonder if I've got the only 844 with a marked-up Calibre5 movement? Presumably something that happened the last time it went to Tag for a service!) (some better photos WILL be forthcoming, I promise!) In the past I've had a few other watches, mainly when the 844 has been off for servicing, or for other reasons, but I keep coming back to it. Nothing else feels "right". For example - this Swatch YIS407GA I bought simply because I liked the colour.... but after a few days I realised I missed the lume of the 844, the date window on the Swatch is tiny and even though I updated the 'Milanese' strap for a Jubilee style, it still didn't 'do it' for me. I also look at the undoubtedly beautifully designed Autavias, Monacos, Carreras, and also watches from other manufacturers, but I end up lost in the sheer volume of information and inevitably fall back to preferring the simplicity and singularity of purpose of the diver style, and the Heuer 1000 stylings. So, with the above in mind, I've decided that I would like a bit of variety, but still with that feel and vibe of the 844. My current plan is to build up a small collection of 1000 style watches, simply to give me the variety that I'm craving, but with the security and familiarity of the 42mm bodied 844. Having looked through the Heuer & TAG Heuer catalogues I know that the 1000 only had a few automatic variants and one of these is the Orange dial 980.005 (as reviewed on Heuerville : https://heuerville.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/heuer-orange-diver-980-005-auto/ ), So that's the number one on the list. I've recently bought my girlfriend a 980.016* for her birthday, (she caught a look at it over my shoulder and went 'Ooooooo' - so that was an easy find!) and I love the look of it (photos coming soon - she receives it on Thursday... ). I also hope to include a decent original 844 (cathedral hands, red 24 hour indices etc) if I can find one for an affordable value. I love the dial on these - the 24 hour indices especially. As time passes I hope to add to the variety with a PVD fully-lumed 'Night Diver' in Olive (980.106 - 42mm) or black ( 980.031 - 38mm), and one of the rare all pewter 982.106/006 which I think is an intriguing colourway (in my mind I've christened this the "Ghost" and I see it as a 'dress' watch). Obviously these are Quartz movements, not automatics. 2 more 'off-the-wall' options are a 756 Ladies size diver - I'm intrigued by the intricacy of these small watches; and a Simon Watches GMT customised version - but that would be a custom build, and I want some time to think about that one. One thing I should add is that I am hoping that each and everyone of these watches would be a 'daily-wearer' (although obviously not all at once!) and I hope to find models that are in sufficiently good shape (but not museum quality) so that I can enjoy wearing the timepieces, not just gawp at them. I may also consider 'making up' a watch that would be a deliberate 'Franken-watch' which would embody all my favourite aspects of the 1000, once I decide what those are! For example - it might be an Orange-dial in a 42mm black PVD case with the GMT movement (an unlikely combination - but certainly unique!) So - am I mad? I hope that I'm not setting myself expectations that I can't reach, and I hope to be enjoying this hobby for quite a few years! I've found a few sources where these watches may come up - but if anyone has any suggestions for favoured sellers that they're willing to share, I would be very grateful - personal recommendations are always the most valuable, especially in a game like this! * From tag1000diver.com - a very good buying experience I have to say!