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How many watches do you own?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ambulance Chaser, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. jerrysfriend

    jerrysfriend Senior member

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    Eight real:
    1) and 2) Rolex
    3) Audemars
    4) Bulgari
    5) and 6) Omega
    7) Gerrard Perrageaux
    8) ?maker from Carroll & Co.

    Canal Street, Chinatown fakes (these drive Ernest wild)
    1) Franck Muller
    2) Patek
    3) Audemars
    4) Bulgari
    5) Cartier
     


  2. pgoat

    pgoat Senior member

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    I got up to a dozen at one point. No fakes but mostly in the $500 range, stock eta movements, Glycine, Oris, Seiko Divers, Gubelin. I eventually sold them due to nit picking over how the lugs fit on my wrist or the case size. I have big wrists and find 38-42mm works best for me.

    I sold most of them and just kept 5 for practical uses, mostly ones given to me with sentimental value:

    1957 Bulova - my dad's gold plated watch. Way too small for me at 32mm but keeps excellent time and fits under a snug shirt cuff wonderfully. I rarely wear it as I have a platinum wedding band and have to wear my one gold ring and set of gold tone cufflinks with it.

    1992 Swiss Army Officer's watch on bracelet, my first decent watch after a string of timex and cheapo digitals in the 1980s, given to me by the wife (then girlfriend) after i graduated with my BS. Great all-around watch, looks great w/ t-shirt & Jeans, slim and fits well under shirt cuffs, keeps as close to perfect time as any watch I've owned.

    2000 Seiko 5 - bought on a bored day online for $60. Good beater for everyday office wear, it's the only one of my purchases from my watch binges I kept, mostly because I wouldn't get anything selling it. My wife wore it for a while - it's a 36mm, so borderline small on me tho that is a standard men's dress watch size. I'll prolly give it back to her so I can wear my other stuff more.

    2003 Omega Aquaterra - my wife bought for me on my 40th b-day. Beautiful watch, perfect size (41mm) and shape for me. The only problem is I'm scared to beat it up so it's gotten only sporadic wear. Silly I know and I plan to start wearing it more. (see above)

    2006 Cateye HR monitor. My first year training w/ a HR monitor - what a diffrence! A power meter will be my next purchase for cycling..... I only wear this on the bike or for jogging, tho it's not bad looking for what it is.

    I would like to get a chronograph or two (speedmaster Pro, IWC Flieger or doppel) as I don't own one, but I think 6 would be plenty for me. The problem with all these mechanicals is you need a winder to keep them going. ( I have three left over from all those watches I sold!)
     


  3. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    zippo

    Except I think I may have a cheap skagen or something that broke about five years ago in the back of a drawer somewhere.
     


  4. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Hmm... should I count my two military-issued Shturmanskie and one plain old Poljot 3133 chronometers that need repair...
    That is three.
    Two Vostok, one a "dress" Amphibia with metallic brushed dial, one a Radio Room operator Amphibia.
    One Seiko "Flieger" 5 (full lume face)
    One Sea-gull "1963" chronometer.
    One Stowa Antea Kleine Sekunde (manual wind)
    One Skagen which I don't remember and never wear
    One Gucci (gift, quartz)
    One Octo automatic dress watch (very nice little watch actually, I think ETA 2824)
    One Alfa Romeo branded chronometer with a very nice titanium case (needs parts, Miyota quartz movement)
    One Citizen ecodrive, San Remo tonneau

    I think that is it... no big names but all have their charms. Well, except for the Gucci and the Skagen.
     


  5. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

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    Very nice.
     


  6. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    Just the one. It's always the same time regardless of timepiece, so I don't see the point in having more than one.
     


  7. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Senior member

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    For me, only the mechanical ones count:

    1) IWC Der Fliegerchronograph.
    2) My grandpa´s vintage Rolex.
     


  8. Beckwith

    Beckwith Senior member

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    I have been trying to start a modest collection:

    Technomarine (weekend/gym)
    Tag Heuer (high school graduation present)
    Franck Muller Casablanca (engagement gift)
    Chopard Millie Miglia (wedding gift)
    Panerai PAM-111 (gift to myself)

    Looking for a vintage watch on ebay to add to the collection.
     


  9. andyw

    andyw Senior member

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    A great passionate hobby! Over the years, I've owned over 150 watches and serially concentrated on sports watches, alarms, divers, time zone, vintage Seiko automatics and other complications that piqued my interest. I've stopped the watch collecting and whittled down the collection to keepers and have shifted my passions elsewhere, like this forum. So I now rotate the following on my wrist:

    1. Hamilton White Gold Piping Rock w/ WG bracelet, circa 1930
    2. Hamilton Yellow Gold Piping Rock, circa 1945
    3. Enicar SS Sherpa Jet, circa 1960
    4. Le Coultre SS Deep Sea Master Mariner, circa 1970
    5. Omega SS Seamaster 120M w/Omega SS Divers chain link bracelet, circa 1970
    6. Zenith SS Square El Primero Chronograph w/ OEM SS bracelet, circa 1975
    7. IWC Porsche Design Titanium World Timer w/integral Titanium bracelet, circa 1980
    8. Seiko Titanium Chrono Alarm w/integral Titanium bracelet, circa 1985
    9. IWC SS Chrono Alarm Ingenieur w/integral SS bracelet, circa 1990
    10. Swatch Divers Chrono, circa 1990
    11. Ventura Titanium Large V-Matic Chronometer, circa 1995
    12. Ebel Yellow Gold 1911 Sport, circa 1995
    13. Cartier SS Large Tank w/ Cartier SS bracelet, circa 2000
    14. Seiko Titanium Chrono Alarm, circa 2005

    By the way, if you want to comingle watch collecting and sartorial tendencies; check out the Atelier du Bracelet Parisien, they make bespoke leather watch straps of superior quality...............also other small leather items. http://www.abp-paris.com/
     


  10. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    In my opinion, you only need 2. A sportier, thicker watch like a chrono or perpetual calendar. And a thin dress watch.
     


  11. pgoat

    pgoat Senior member

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    In my opinion, you only need 2. A sportier, thicker watch like a chrono or perpetual calendar. And a thin dress watch.



    I agree but for really vigorous sports I prefer a third, inexpensive plastic/rubber sports watch - Timex, Casio, etc. Not only do you not want to bash up an expensive four-digit chronograph, they are kinda hevy and clunky if you are jogging, cycling, etc.
     


  12. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I agree but for really vigorous sports I prefer a third, inexpensive plastic/rubber sports watch - Timex, Casio, etc. Not only do you not want to bash up an expensive four-digit chronograph, they are kinda hevy and clunky if you are jogging, cycling, etc.
    I agree. I have two Tags for clunking around in. I'm actually thinking of bringing them back as my dailys. I'm just sick of scratching up gold watches wearing them every day.
     


  13. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    I have two that I actually wear, since for the longest time I was "against" them. A dress watch with a black strap and one with a brown strap. A sports watch would complete the basic collection for now, but I would rarely wear it.
     


  14. romafan

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    Two. Dress/utilitarian
     


  15. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Counting mechanical ones only:
    - One vintage divers watch
    - One contemporary issue of a classic dress watch
     


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