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    Wink Perfect 6 watches being discussed on the ATG Forum

    Reading a post on another forum got me thinking. The gist of the thread was like many that have gone before and will undoubtedly come again and was this - if you could only have only so many watches what would you choose?

    This thread is a little different and is entirely selfish because it's about me. Now here s where the experimental part kicks in. I ve have little idea of what those watches will be or how the collection might evolve. And it certainly won't happen overnight. But I thought it would be interesting, at least to me, to post my thoughts and see where this journey takes me.

    So there you have it. This thread hopefully will record a journey to obtaining a collection which hopefully provides personal variety and meets my life's needs and desires.

    I m also hoping that as folk start to get a feel for the types of watches that interest me, you will chip in with ideas of watches that I might consider and provide alternative views, experiences and thoughts.

    Thanks for reading and hopefully you will pop back from time to time to see what's happening.

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    Default My Perfect Six - What interests me?

    To kick things off, very gently, I thought I would put down some initial thoughts about my tastes and preferences.

    Firstly, in terms of numbers, and the clue was in the title, for reasons that I cannot begin to explain I ve decided that six watches is as many as I want. As I said I can't explain why, accept that, in my head at least, six is sufficient to provide variety whilst allowing sufficient funds to explore other interests.

    Secondly, what type of watches tend to interest me. A few years ago, the answer would almost undoubtedly have been exclusively mechanical dive watches, although to coin a phrase there were one or two roosters in the hen house!!! However, I ve started to develop more diverse interests or perhaps more refined tastes and today I m prepared to consider most possibilities although I think it s safe to say that I still lean towards sports watches.

    Thirdly, movement. As I said a few years ago, I wouldn't consider anything other than watches with mechanical movements, either auto or hand wound. However, today that has definitely changed and I would if possible like a selection of watches that covers at least some of the different movements that have been used, quartz, electronic or auto - I really don't mind.

    Fourthly, manufacturers. Again no hard and fast rules, this really is anything goes. If possible I would like my collection to be represented by manufacturers from around the globe. I would also like there to be representation by smaller boutique manufacturers as well as some of the larger and more well known manufacturers.

    And finally, case material. Anything but gold. It's very shallow but stems from a particularly horrid Lorus gold plated watch I had in my teens. I ve had an aversion to gold coloured watches ever since!!

    Hopefully this provides a flavour of my preferences and a general direction that I m headed in.


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    Default Some More Thoughts

    I ve given some thought to the features that I feel should be included within my collection and as well as the previously mentioned thoughts I would like my collection to consist of the following:

    Something chronograph
    Something diver
    Something vintage
    Something GMT
    Something heritage

    I will also need something durable and waterproof as a daily wearer.

    Of course one watch might fill several niches e.g. a vintage chronograph or a diver with a GMT function.

    But one way or another I want to build all of the above into my collection, which hopefully will provide a varied but balanced collection that will suit any and all occasions.


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    I think for me it would have to be all Speedmasters or all Heuer chrono. In know its not varied on the other hand who needs variety.

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    I'm going to have to think about this one

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    Onespeed,

    An interesting thread and it is going to be exciting to see how the collection will evolve. I was about to reply after the 2 first posts, writing that you definitely should include some vintage in the collection, but I see that you have closed that gap with post 3.

    6 watches isn't much for a themed collection, unless you stick to one brand or one type of watches, so my suggestions below is based on watches that can "speak for themselves". it is not a full list but hope fully it provides a little food for thoughts.

    Vintage + tool
    to me watches are mostly about vintage - from a time where precise time keeping was a result of craft man ship and technical solutions. Lets face it; the best time keeper I have is my iPhone loaded with an app that is connected to 4 ntp servers, which in turn are connected to atomic clocks. Further I like the idea that the watch served a real purpose; worn by a diver/pilot/soldier and used as a tool of the trade. It is a bit too easy to lead you down the military road in this category (thats where my own interest lies), but they for sure fit the bill for both vintage chronograph and divers. Vintage divers are maybe difficult to keep waterproof so it might not count for a diver in your list above. If not military, take a look at the vintage chronograps: Mathey Tissot type 20, Brietling Co-pilot, Universal Geneve Compax (Space and Nina Rindt), and the Omega Speedmaster of course. For the divers some vintage Doxa Sharkhunters, Aquastar Deepstar or anything that Cousteau wore and obviously there is the vintage Rolex path. Vintage without "tool" elements, are fast going to be dress watches and size below 38mm, which by todays standards feels small.

    GMT:
    when I hear GMT I think of Rolex - either the Master or the Explorer. But with your choice of a Bremont I wonder if it is a signal of "the desire of having high quality without flashing it"? GMT could also be a Glycine Airman, which is very tool-ish and available in both vintage and contemporary, or maybe a Bulova Accutron Astronaut with a turning fork movement. the two last are true 24 hour watches btw.

    I'm not sure what the heritage category covers. Is it homage, re-editions or both (or neither?).
    Anyway there should be room for a simple black dialed watch be in all collections; e.g. IWC XI, Omega RAF '53, Smiths, or a homage to those.

    regards
    Lars

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeed View Post
    I ve given some thought to the features that I feel should be included within my collection and as well as the previously mentioned thoughts I would like my collection to consist of the following:

    Something chronograph - Bremont Alt1-C cream
    Something diver - Rolex Seadweller 16600, but would go a 1665 if I could
    Something vintage - Aquastar Deepstar
    Something GMT - undecided, have a Doxa GMT but others call
    Something heritage - Omega Speedmaster 376.0822

    I will also need something durable and waterproof as a daily wearer - good idea, I'd keep my Linde Werdelin SpidoLite and EZM-1

    Of course one watch might fill several niches e.g. a vintage chronograph or a diver with a GMT function.

    But one way or another I want to build all of the above into my collection, which hopefully will provide a varied but balanced collection that will suit any and all occasions.

    I like the spread of functions. I would struggle to keep it at 6 of my current watches. 7 has always been my lucky number! :P

    But if I "merged" some options could do it.
    Dave J

    "I may at times be wrong, but I am never in doubt"...anonymous surgeon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeed View Post
    Now going back about 5 years my list looked like this.

    Something chronograph Rolex Daytona 116520 Black Dial
    Something diver Rolex Submariner 1680 Red
    Something vintage Rolex 1655 Explorer II Orange Hand
    Something GMT Rolex GMT Master 16570 Matt Dial
    Something heritage Heuer Monaco 73663

    However at present I have this list below and although I am considering letting the Explorer go it's quite a nice balance I think.

    Something chronograph Rolex Daytona 16520 Early Zenith White Dial
    Something diver Rolex Seadweller 16660 Matt Dial
    Something vintage Zenith El-Primero
    Something GMT Rolex Explorer II 16570 Cream Dial
    Something heritage Heuer Monaco 73663

    This would be my dream list.

    Something chronograph Rolex Daytona 6263
    Something diver
    Patek Philippe Nautilus
    Something vintage Heuer Monaco 73663
    Something GMT
    Heuer Autavia GMT
    Something heritage Tudor Snowflake in Blue

    For all the above options every day wear Seiko Orange Monster.


    I can't have just 6 watches it's impossible, for me though you also need a little bit of dress, Rolex Day-Date, PSM, Omega Constellation or the like for those special occassions.

    Mark.

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    As it stands, my box of nonsense looks like this:

    Something chronograph:
    Lorenz Swiss Sub Professional

    Something diver:
    Steinhart Ocean ONE / SEIKO SKX011J Automatic

    Something vintage:
    '69 Omega Speedmaster Professional 861

    Something GMT:
    [missing a GMT so substituting "Tool Watch" in this category]
    Bremont MBII Green

    Something heritage:
    [not sure on the criteria here - will say "Vostok Amphibia" just to get a rise out of Alistair]

    Dress Watch (suggested by Mark as an additional category):
    Raymond Weil Geneve Don Giovanni 9973/1 (the only quartz in my collection)

    Ideally I will one day substitute a Tudor Sub for the Steinhart and add a Bremont Chrono, or a vintage Rolex GMT.
    My journey along "the path" continues...

    Johnny.

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    Hi Campag4r,
    Both are great manufacturers and I admire anyone who has the interest, enthusiasm and passion to focus a collection in this way. And I have to say that a Heuer is one of the options that I m considering, but more about that later.

    However, at the moment my interests are taking me in a different direction. But part of this experiment is to see if I end up sticking with my initial thoughts or if this evolves into something different.

    Gary

    Quote Originally Posted by campag4r View Post
    I think for me it would have to be all Speedmasters or all Heuer chrono. In know its not varied on the other hand who needs variety.

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