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What set you off collecting?

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Do you remember which watch you you would count as the "first" in your collection? (and why).

When I was a sprog I used to buy watches one at a time and replace them when I broke them, cheap mechanical then!

One sunny day ten or fifteen years ago I spotted a Sekonda faux pilots watch (with complicated but useless bezel)  and bought it.  I followed this up with another Sekonda and then I started looking around and spending  bit more.

Never regretted it though my bank account has!!

How did you begin?

 

 

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from the age of 8 i bought pocket watches from scout jumble sales and occasionally wrist watches if i found them, i think early pocket watches carry a hoarding disease that is clearly incurable

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It goes back to my child hood in the late 70's. My dad used to take me for a watch in the jewellers in the Arndale Centre in a town called Nelson in Lancashire. I always had a nice digital in those days probably a casio or something like that and it was my pride and joy as a kid at school. So that is where it stems from.

What actually returned my interest was a free supplement in Top Gear Mag about 5 years ago about how to blag a test drive in an expensive car by showing the dealer you have an expensive watch (they used a Breitling Vintage Navitimer.) I know it was a corny article and a commercial job at that but it reinstalled the interest and I'm glad it did as its a cheaper hobby than flash cars with big engines. What I save in petrol alone pays for a nice watch and I dont have to get cold wet and oily cleaning them etc.:laugh: 

My first latter day decent watch was an Accurist GP surprisingly good for 50 quid 

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I don't really collect though as the aim as always been to end up with only a couple at any one time. Though I like those couple to get better or at least more liked by me each time I change. Hence why I've now got a Longines and an Omega.

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I've always liked watches but never owned many I was that bloke you saw looking or licking the jewelers windows as i ogled over the many watches on display . It wasnt till a couple of years ago that my wife bought me a timex expedition watch that I got thinking i would start a collection. I dont buy expensive watches with not being in employment ( but then I never really bought expensive ones when I was working as a taxi driver) I just buy cheapish ines that appeal to me. 

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6 minutes ago, jsud2002 said:

I've always liked watches but never owned many I was that bloke you saw looking or licking the jewelers windows as i ogled over the many watches on display . It wasnt till a couple of years ago that my wife bought me a timex expedition watch that I got thinking i would start a collection. I dont buy expensive watches with not being in employment ( but then I never really bought expensive ones when I was working as a taxi driver) I just buy cheapish ines that appeal to me. 

I have lot of watches that I bought for very little.....Amazon is good if you keep a close a close eye open.......prices go up and down quite a lot almost daily! Watches that appeal are what I buy as well :thumbsup:

 

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What an excellent question RWP.

First, I think I should count myself out. I resolved many years ago that I should not collect anything. Now I wish all of you collectors all the very best. However, I have always regarded actual collecting as some form of displacement therapy. That is: Jamie collects porcelain elephants because: (a) he does not know what to do with himself on a Sunday; (b) one can only play with oneself for so long AND.....God, is that the time....doesn't it drag. Could be finding a cure for cancer: Can't/won't do that. Thus, collects the elephants instead.

BUT, I must confess to enjoying LOOKING at watches (ie watch porn). Very cost effective, very social and it still can fill the gap mentioned in the previous paragraph. For example, the 710 says that she desires to go shopping in, say, the centre of Stoke (say). Fantastic (I agree), see you back at the car park in three hours dear. I will then proceed drift and linger outside watch shops (yes, jsud2002, I'm standing just next to you).  Still no nearer the cure for cancer (sadly).

What inspired this interest in watch porn? Very simple: it was when my parents took me to see (all those years ago), Live and Let Die at the cinema in Bridgend. Imagine having a watch (the fact that it was a Rolex was completely lost on me), THAT (a) cut rope, (b) deflected stray bullets and (c) (best of all) enabled you to unzip Maddy Smith's dress in a wardrobe whilst you were snogging her. This is living!!! Oh it's good to be alive!!!!

I have never quite made it to this Nirvana yet (nowhere bloody near actually). However, I am encouraged by the statement that 'every map should have Utopia marked on it.'

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm much the same ,cheap digital, cheap wind ups . About 18 years ago I saw a accurist black faced diver style in a catalogue a woman had at work it was £80 and I paid £5 a week . Still got it and it still works although a little scratched now. After that I started to notice other watches and the rest is history 

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After I left the army, I was running a family business and rented out part of one of our offices to an old guy, nearly blind, who was a clock maker and restorer and who also did a bit of work on watches. He was a member of the BHI and I used to go and sit in his workshop and watch him work and, as I was a bit of an artist even then, do some restoration work in my spare time that he couldn't handle, repainting clock dials for him.

I found it all very fascinating and learned a lot from him and that of course got me interested in watches and clocks in general. Not long after that I got to know the chief technician for Rolex in the UK and that really got me involved even more and I haven't really looked back ever since... :)

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When I was at school my girlfriend bought me the Casio equivalent of this

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When the battery went flat (long after her affection for me did :biggrin:) I put it in a drawer and eventually threw it away (if only I'd known..............)

After that I never wore a watch, then I inherited this from my wife's Great Uncle.

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In trying to find out a little bit of it's history I came across vintage Seikos (and other watches) and then I was doomed.

 

 

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This one.

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I wore it for a couple of years whilst working in the pottery industry. The environment was harsh, very dusty and damp, with temperatures that would go between 14 degrees Centigrade and 30, if the kilns were burning. Victorian working methods and buildings in the 1990s.:wink:

I retired it rather than ruin it, I still have it and it works.

I used cheap digital watches instead, none let me down unless the straps broke.:wink:

When my employment changed from a harmful environment to something more (or less) civilised I decided to get my first mechanical watch since the 1970's.

It was this.

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A Rolex was out of the question at that time, one would have cost a good portion of a house, I chose the house.

 

  

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my first watches in the were cast offs from older relations - hence various vintage POS knackered in need of service dreary looking **** !

hence i went for yer generic square black plastic digital (explains a lot really) - but after a while i saw the need for a 'good watch' as well as an everyday wear.

then a sports watch, than a dress watch, then perhaps a choice of every day watch, or indeed another sports watch :laugh:

have been thought fads of dive, anadig, regulator (which i must revisit), vintage, non date , handwind, quartz,  pocket watch etc etc etc etc etc etc etc 

i am not a collector i am a free man ... and yes mach may be right - monsters are somewhat aesthetically challenged - unless its a few months from now when they might indeed once again be the very dab !   oh and obviously either much wabi or mint , do or do not - there is no try !  

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I think for me it was because I always wanted a g-shock/chunky digital watch as a kid/teenager. But my parents never got me one :( 

When I got my first weekend job as a 16 year old, I worked all throughout christmas and with my first pay cheque I earned about £200ish, (£3.60 ph) lol - I bought a watch, it's a Diesel (which I still have now) it was really funky/trendy at the time, dark brown dial, yellow seconds hand, heavy stainless steel, all for the sum of £89. I got a hell of a lot of compliments from it... It made me feel good wearing it, and For me it's stemmed from there!

Watches have slowly got bigger and more expensive since then... But I love watches, vintage, old, new, iconic, digital, mechanical, cheap, expensive! Always looking out for something new... Even if it's just a new strap!

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Hi Mr Levity,

J.W. Benson eh. Really good pieces of kit in my experience.

About 10 years ago I bought a J.W. Benson watch from a flee-market in Oxford. Didn't fancy buying another flea so I bought the watch instead.

Opened the beauty up only to discover that its movement was manufactured by Jaeger Lecoute. Not a bad purchase for 3 squids.

Good luck with your collecting.

 

 

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