Watch collecting

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ambulance Chaser, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Here is my view of the ideal watches for a small collection:

    1. An all-around sports watch
    2. A time-only dress watch
    3. A chronograph
    4. A watch with an interesting complication
    5. A beater
    6. An iconic watch

    I have purposely refrained from mentioning specific brands to allow for variance in taste.

    What do you think?
     


  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I am going to voice the opinion that the ideal would be to have one watch that so fits you that it would handle 95% of your timekeeping needs. the possible exceptions would be for a waterproof watch for the gym with a timer, and possibly a simple pocket watch for when you are wearing evening clothes.
     


  3. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    do you want machanical or quartz watch?

    I think oakly makes interesting lookig sports watch.
    I have weak watch collection that I need to improve.
    But with me, it'll be:

    1. darkbrown leather strap automatic movement watch.
    2. black leather strap automatic movement watch.
    3. 2 tone (preferably polished steel / gold) bracelet chronograph automatic movement watch.
    4. Sleek/modern fashion watch, which I have already.

    1 and 2 will be everday watch. It will match my shoes etc.
    3. is for bling bling when gathering among buddies.
    4. is for date or when meeting chicks.

    I do not need sports watch since I require no watch when I play sports or do workout.
     


  4. ernest

    ernest Senior member

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    Need different :

    1) Shape (round, square, reclangle, ovale)
    2) Index (color, style)
    3) Strap/bracelet (material, color)
    4) Style (sport, dressy, business, diving)
    5) Metal (steel, yellow gold, white gold)

    I guess it make at least 8 watches.
     


  5. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    I love watches, and if I had to limit a collection to essentials, I would have one of each of the following:

    - Sports watch, like a vintage Rolex Sub. If you look closely, they had different details from the contemporary range.
    - Dress watch, like a contemporary Cartier. The vintage ones are nice also but a bit too small by today's standard.
    - Beater, like a Casio G-Shock.

    The sports and dress watches should be mechanical timepieces. That is what most people would need as far as essentials go.
     


  6. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I like Rolex sub model, but there are too many design knock offs. Seiko and even Fossile make watches look very close to the Sub. If I was to pay $5000US for machnical watch, I would buy very unique styled ones.
     


  7. nightowl6261a

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    Unfortunately, it is very hard to find a uniquely styled Rolex, I too am a fan of Rolex, and yes there are many knock offs out there, however, I believe, regardless of the fakes, to own one is maybe a bit of a prestige thing, and at the same time, a style issue. I like the bit of bling offered in the styling of a Rolex, yet I hate a wantabee. My favorites are a list of the Rolex norms, S/G Datejust, S/G Sub w/ blue face, and the Yachtsman w/Platinum dial. In Europe there are so many styles of Rolex available that are difficult to find in the states, and many of these offer contemporary styling that most would not realize are Rolex. I do love however for a dress watch this simple Rolex, that mnay would never guess being on an arm is Rolex. [​IMG] I will continue to dream until I can get one of these.
     


  8. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    just a few more pair of shoes....
     


  9. nightowl6261a

    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    sure, maybe after the next collection, but my wife said i have to get rid of one to buy another, she said she did not care which, but one had to go....the nerve of her
     


  10. norcaltransplant

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    C, 6 watches still seems like a lot for a "small" collection. i would try to narrow my ideal # down to four:

    1) dress watch
    2) sport watch/chronograph
    3) Unique complication/Iconic
    4) Beater
     


  11. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I have a similar view on collections:

    1. An all-around sports watch: Suunto Vector altimeter/compass watch (great for mountain climbing)

    2. A time-only dress watch: Patek Calatrava Travel Time

    3. A chronograph: B&M Capeland Chrono

    4. A watch with an interesting complication: I don't have one. Currently lusting after a Breguet Hora Mundi world timer, or a Breguet Reveil du Tsar dual time alarm.

    5. A beater: Citizen titanium "Eco Drive" perpetual calendar chronograph

    6. An iconic watch: JLC Reverso

    Just gotta save my pennies for the Breguet, and I'm done.
    (Who am I kidding, I won't be satiated until I get a turbillon and one of those truly exquisite Patek star chart watches.)
     


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