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Method to your madness/collection?


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I'm always curious if there's a design to others' collections.

I've got a 24 slot watch box. I allow myself to have that many, plus up to 4 randos that can go in my travel case. The goal is black dials, blue dials and white dials as primary. All the colors I wear daily, with few exceptions. Each category needs one watch with a bracelet, one black leather strap, and one brown leather strap, to match with my shoe collection. I also allow a kind of funky piece or two that's designated more for weekend wear and not exactly office safe. Also a few supportive colors I tend to wear that fit the color spectrum with each, such as grey, red, orange, yellow, and green.

I also wanted a good wide array of quality and worthwhile movements. Mechanical chronographs are my favorite, but quartz also important. I wanted a vintage pin lever, modern Swiss, high accuracy quartz, and a split-second flyback. The thing I wanted most in my collection, though, was a mechanical regatta yacht timing movement. Coolest thing I've ever seen in a watch! Also a fully engaged watch, a close second to the regatta timer. Lastly, getting my grails was of the utmost importance, never mundane things like generic Submariners. Generic has never been nor will it ever be my style.

This is my lineup...

ROW #1:

Black:

1. Omega Speedmaster Reduced (bracelet)✓

2. Omega Seamaster F300 (black)✓

3. Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G (2-tone)✓

4. Oris Flight Timer BC4 (brown)✓

5. Fiyta Spacemaster (brown)✓

6. Alpina Seastrong Yachttimer Regatta Countdown (weekender)✓

Etc:

1. Grey: Breitling Chronomat 2-tone✓

2. Digital: Casio AE1200 "Casino Royale"✓

 

 

ROW #2:

Blue:

1. Certina DS Action Chrono (bracelet)✓

2. Victorinox Maverick (bracelet black engraving)✓

3. Stella Felix (brown)✓

4. Seiko MM300 Sharky mod (2-tone)✓

5. Anonimo Militare Chrono (weekender)✓

Etc:

1. Baby blue: Soxa mod✓

2. Blue-Green: Farer Carnegie (brown)✓

3. Green: Bulova Oceanographer (bracelet)✓

 

 

ROW#3:

White:

1. Tag Heuer Formula 1 Chrono (bracelet)✓

2. Farer Pendine (black)✓

3. Christopher Ward C60 Trident (brown)✓

4. TechnoMarine Black Reef (weekender)✓

5. H2O Kalamar 2 Racing Edition (weekender)✓

Etc:

1. Red: Alexander Shorokhoff New Planet✓

2. Orange: Doxa Sub 6000T✓

3. Yellow: Sorna vintage chronograph✓

 

 

TRAVEL CASE:

1. 2-tone: Seiko MM300'Mariner mod✓

2. Blue: Bulova Accu•Swiss Tellaro✓

3. Green: Seiko SKX Hulk mod (going to change this up, just not sure how yet)✓

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I’m new to this lark and if I called it a day with your collection, I’d be pretty chuffed.

My aim is pretty similar if not as comprehensive in that I’d like a good selection of dial colours which must definitely include some of the more out there ones such as yellow, orange, red etc. I’m never going to be playing in Rolex, Ap territory but I’d like a few from the “big” brands thrown in but that is based purely on personal taste rather than for investment or to impress anyone else. 
I have a 10 watch box on the way and if I can fill that with a couple on winders and one on the wrist, I’ll be happy.

 

Just realised, that makes 13 so I’d need to round that up to 14 so as not to be unlucky. 24 though, might as well get a 6 slot case to make 16.

16 plus one on the wrist, 2 on the winders, 19? Might as well get another 10 slot box.

20 plus.........

 

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2 hours ago, JayDeep said:

This is my lineup...

It would be great to see a photo of your lineup.

I buy for quality, looks and the left field element these days. I have a couple of divers, though they really are not my thing. I prefer dressier and smaller watches to big tooly things and I’m fond of the odd blue dial or two.

I guess the most popular and conventional of my main watches is the Moonwatch. Otherwise I prefer things that others are less likely to be wearing. 

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None what so ever for mine .. I wish I could be as organised as you .. 

mine are all over the place .. that’s if they are in the case ! 
as for method or choice of collection.. lol non whatsoever.. I thumb through photos  and then wham !!  :)
 

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I see my collection as an evolving thing, as finances have allowed it has grown in volume and value, but I'm now to a point where I'd like to (and with some good fortune and hard work away from watches, am able to) focus more on the lattr and try to restrict the former.

I have two 6 rotor winders now, I prefer the romantic nature of automatics, so these are for my day (good) watches, I then have a nice little 6 watch case for quartz/ hand winders that I generally see as my morning watches, something I can throw on whilst I get up and ready for the day ahead, it would also be from this box I pick if I'm doing something in the garden or a spot of DIY at home.

The 12 auto's currently have a few that I know I will keep forever, a couple that will be with me longer term but may eventually be traded up and a couple that I see as place holders that will be the first to go when I am in a position to upgrade. The quartz box is fair game for flipping whenever the mood takes me, but contains a few gifts that will always stay for sentiment.

The auto's, tier 1 (keepers):

Rolex date just 1977

Omega Seamaster 1977

Tudor Glamour

Frederique Constant classic

CW C65 diver

Tier 2 (long term):

Eterna Eternity 

Tag Carrera calibre 5

Ball Fireman

Certina ds-1

Tier 3 (place holders):

Ventus Mori v2

Spinnaker Spence diver

Tempore Lux vintage one (already listed)

The 6 box:

Larson & Jennings norse handwind (will be a surprise keeper)

Briston

Vixtorinox Alliance 

High Boss (gift, keeper)

Rotary Havana (gift keeper)

1 place currently open....Still looking.

After all of that I do then have a little wooden chest of oddments, a few old hand winders that caught my eye cheaply, the odd old gift or donation, a couple of family owned pocket watches from relatives long gone, this is just a fun box of memories and tat that I will keep but don't consider as part of my collection.

There are still many brands I long to try and a 'grail list of watches, watch types and brands that is long and contains some that will be achieved and many that won't, and I've no doubt omits many that I have yet to see or hear of (but being hear is finding new additions to the list every single day).

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I would like a spread of watches through time and style preference. From a simple pocket watch through the small 1950s to the mental moderns (yes, that will include a Diesel big daddy).

I would like to include a selection of different movements too and although I will never have one, a high speed tri-axle tourbillon.

So.. style and fashion through the years combined with movement types. 

You can also include a few personal odd watches that I just like for odd reasons.

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I’ve just been contributing to a similar thread on a different forum, so I thought I would copy over the gist of what I wrote there in order to give a fuller answer to this interesting topic.

So my current watch buying, and to some extent my current collection, is based on a few simple notions: quality; looks; left-field character; function; size; avoidance of repetition.

Quality: speaks for itself. Back in the early days I used to hunt around, particularly the vintage watch shops looking for bargains. I don’t do that anymore, and I tend not to take too much notice of so-called bargains; it’s only a bargain if you wanted it in the first place. I’m probably something of a brand snob as well, deep down.

Looks: I prefer slightly dressy looks, even in what purports to be a tool watch. Although I have a couple of CW C70s, I tend to avoid colourful dials though I have a bit of a passion for blue ones. Red, green and orange wouldn’t get a look-in with me. So, heading towards safe looks, but not by any means ultra-safe.

Left-field character: difficult to define, but basically I’m less likely to be interested if it is something that everybody is wearing and/or clamouring for. My last two purchases have been a single-hander and a rather extraordinary GMT. I certainly have one watch that is pretty much universally popular on every platform I visit, in other words the Speedy Moonwatch. But it’s an icon so I don’t care. I try not to follow the herd.

Function: I have the odd piece with decent WR but in general I’m not a great fan of dive watches. Far too ubiquitous and therefore decidedly not left-field enough. Plus I don’t really like the look. My best WR at present is my single-hander, bought specifically as a holiday watch. I quite like chronographs and have three of those, and I quite like the GMT or world timer concept. Apart from that I tend to avoid toolish things, on the grounds that they might actually give people the impression that I enjoy doing jobs. I like watches that look happy strolling along a Mediterranean promenade at sunset! Basically I’m a lazy git and a bit of a sybarite.

Size: my perceptions have altered over the years, and I’m happy to wear what I might term medium-large watches, though 42 mm could be considered an absolute maximum for me and it has to be the right watch. Height is an issue and I prefer watches to be as slim as possible. That said, for the right watch I will make an exception, as long as it’s not a huge slab-sided case. I prefer lighter watches for comfort, though three of my bracelet watches do weigh in at over 140 g.

Avoidance of repetition: I have been very careful in recent years to aim for a certain variety in my watch box. Apart from my four Christopher Wards (I have owned up to 8 at a time) I have tried to avoid brand repetition, and my “modern box” has one each of: Omega, Cartier, Ulysse Nardin, MeisterSinger and Orient. The watches themselves comprise: three chronographs; a retro style diver; a more traditional cheap diver; a single-hander with good WR; a fascinating and dressy GMT; a gold tone dress watch; and a dressy rectangular classic. 

I’m perfectly happy for people to have boxes full of the same brand and the same style/colour if they wish. I just decided it wasn’t for me.

So what does my collection say about me? Exquisite taste, obviously.  :laugh:  A liking for stylish things and a desire to be different, mitigated to some degree by a slightly cautious approach. :)

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I like a wide assortment , have tried so far to cover all bases , i'd say i'm quite conservative in my choices and my only real preference is i prefer a no date watch generally unless it's digital and it keeps up without any help from me! in a money no object scenario i would buy a load of milestone watches such as a Cartier Tank/Santos Dumont , a JLC Reverso , A couple of Panerai's  a Luminor/Radiomir , Royal Oak a Nautilus A B01 Navitimer sadly my pockets aren't that deep and i will add perhaps two or three of these in my time left collecting

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Similar approach to you JD (although nowhere near as extensive as only been “into” watches properly for a year or two).

I’ve so far based it basically on my wardrobe / routine - office watch, “nice” watch, two weekend watches (each on different colour leather straps to match shoes), and a beater. Ignoring the beater, I’ve got white dial, silver dial, black dial and blue dial, one on mesh, one on bracelet, one on black leather rally and one on brown leather rally. Three autos, one quartz. 

There’s quite a big jump between my “nice” watch and my two weekend watches, and my black dial weekend watch is a fairly cheap quartz chrono, so maybe a good (I’m talking 500-850ish) black dial nice ish watch. That’s then my five plus beater.

After that I’m going to have to think about what route to take next!

One thing I thought would be cool is to have some sort of theme running through - maybe motor sport related, so not all necessarily sporty looking chronos, but perhaps the more dressy watches were once worn by some famous f1 driver or something like that. Think that makes it a bit more of a “collection” rather than an “assortment”!

Should also say the next watch decision was made  after a few good suggestions on here!

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1 hour ago, WRENCH said:

Yorkshire method for me. I buy what I like and I like what I buy.

This!

I can't imagine being quite so anal with my approach to buying watches. I'm not trying to tick boxes for the sake of being able to say "I have x watch for x outfit", I don't "categorise" my watches, I'm a watch fan and I buy what I like the look of.  I find this obsession with having to have one of every genre, and agonising over "ohhh I can't buy that, I already have my 'white dial' watch covered" quite unhealthy. 

These style threads do seem to proliferate on here so there is obviously a need for them, I can't see it myself though - feels like "have to say something" rather than "have something to say".   Apologies if that sounds off the mark. 

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5 hours ago, Bricey said:

 

After all of that I do then have a little wooden chest of oddments, a few old hand winders that caught my eye cheaply, the odd old gift or donation, a couple of family owned pocket watches from relatives long gone, this is just a fun box of memories and tat that I will keep but don't consider as part of my collection.

That pretty much sums up my entire 'collection'.  'Collection' is in itself too grand a word for the watch oddities I own.  I suppose having around 20 that I wear regularly does make it a collection of sorts.

Watches are a fascination for me, but the ones I own and love most have little financial value, but masses of sentimental value.  Like a little plain mechanical 'Elco' Swiss made 17 jewel Incabloc watch that was my Grandma's and I can see her wearing it over 50 years ago, whilst I was perched on a stool in her kitchen, baking with her.  It still goes and keeps good time and I wear it periodically because it gives me a comforting warm and fuzzy.  I wouldn't swap that watch for the entire collections listed in some of the posts.  It's a little mechanical time capsule of happy memories.  I wind it up sometimes, just to hear it tick - the exact same sound she listened to.

But I also don't need any sort of validation for my watch selections.  I buy or wear watches that make me happy and frankly, I don't give 2 hoots what anyone else thinks of them.  There is absolutely no 'design' to my collection at all - except that each watch makes me happy for some reason.

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4 hours ago, Bonzodog said:

My current line up,no method what so ever.

 

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I see a running theme that is missing from mine (and I suspect others)... They all display the correct time :biggrin:

There's watches in my box that don't even display the correct month! 

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20 minutes ago, SolaVeritate said:

 

I see a running theme that is missing from mine (and I suspect others)... They all display the correct time :biggrin:

There's watches in my box that don't even display the correct month! 

I think that is why it does make sense to me to have watches that work with different outfits / my routine. If I had ten really dressy formal watches that were all amazing and I loved a lot, they’d still each barely get worn about once a year. 

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3 hours ago, WRENCH said:

Yorkshire method for me. I buy what I like and I like what I buy.

This for me as well. Does that make me an honorary Yorkshireman?.  I did live there part time for about 2 years. 

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I also buy what I like.

What do I like?

39-43mm cases showing nicely decorated (preferably) in house movements (preferably "pocket watch style) through a display case back. Not much blurb on the elegant face. If possible from a manufacturer turning out only a few watches each year. Easily pleased, me :blush:

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13 hours ago, yokel said:

I also buy what I like.

What do I like?

39-43mm cases showing nicely decorated (preferably) in house movements (preferably "pocket watch style) through a display case back. Not much blurb on the elegant face. If possible from a manufacturer turning out only a few watches each year. Easily pleased, me :blush:

I just collect pictures of Yokel's watches.

 

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Really no method to my collection to be honest. I really just buy what I like. Internet is always a never ending source of inspiration regarding watches, especially this great forum. I haven't actually been into watches for that long yet so maybe the collection one day will shape itself into some kind of theme or structure, but for the moment I'm just winging it and buying watches I like! Surely the best way!

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