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Old 1st May 2017
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Any fellow wristwatch collectors among the slutz?

Probably from the same kind of interest I've always had for the engineering and execution of audio electronics, I've long had an interest in complicated hand-made wristwatches.

My current collection includes some nice rarities.

Any other slutz that are interested in/collect watches?

Last edited by rasher; 1st May 2017 at 09:27 PM.. Reason: Typo in title
Old 1st May 2017
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It's calmed down a bit now, but for a long while here in LA, wearing a fancy watch was a good way to get yourself mugged or worse.

I buy inexpensive Russian watches off eBay. They still make new stem-winders there, and a lot of them are pretty goofy-looking. I first discovered them in a London pawnshop, of all places.
Old 1st May 2017
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It's calmed down a bit now, but for a long while here in LA, wearing a fancy watch was a good way to get yourself mugged or worse.
Sadly, same in the SF bay area - it got to where when a group of us would get together for a collector's luncheon, we'd hire armed security.
Old 1st May 2017
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Probably from the same kind of interest I've always had for the engineering and execution of audio electronics, I've long had an interest in complicated hand-made wristwatches.

My current collection includes some nice rarities.

Any other slutz that are interested in/collect watches?
Show us da pics!
Old 2nd May 2017
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Show us da pics!
Don't have many handy on this PC...

Patek Philippe 5016 (Tourbillon/Minute Repeater/Perpetual Calendar), Blancpain 1735 (Tourbillon/Minute Repeater/Perpetual Calendar/Split-seconds Chronograph), Patek Philippe 5004 (Split-seconds chronograph/Perpetual Calendar):



Sorry about quality - those were slapped together on the way out the door to a collector's lunch for a snap a buddy wanted for his father...

Audemars Piguet EOT (Perpetual Calendar/Equation Of Time/Sunrise-Sunset Times)



Dealer took that pic before delivery. If you look closely, you can see "San Francisco" on the bezel. That's because each piece is built to order, giving the Equation of time and Sunrise/Sunset times for the owner's location. Mine is a unique realization, in that it has a set of half-a-dozen bezel/gear combinations (came in an incredible inlaid presentation box with watchmaker tools to make changes) for New York, London, Hong Kong, and so on locations.

One of my prettiest watches, IMO.

Hope you enjoy these few pics.
Old 2nd May 2017
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Show us da pics!
And on the other end of the scale, these are pix snagged from eBay, but they're typical of the watches I buy.
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Old 2nd May 2017
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Those are some nice time pieces! Thx for sharing.

I'm a bit of a collector myself. I'll get some pics in the morning.
Old 2nd May 2017
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I'm a bit of a collector myself. I'll get some pics in the morning.
I can see that from your mask/sword posts! I know nothing about either, but those masks are cool!
Old 12th May 2017
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Not a collector but I appreciate a nice wristwatch, they are a dying breed for sure.

I have a couple pieces from this guy here - https://mrjoneswatches.com - really like their work, more about art than function, but they are always a talking point.
Old 16th May 2017
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Not a fan, but recently wife start to collect some great wristwatches. Not too interested at first, but it looks great.
Old 2nd August 2017
  #11
My most frequently worn casual watches:

Rolex GMT 2 "Batman"
Pamerai 8 day manual wind
Omega Seamaster "James Bond"

Old 2nd August 2017
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My most frequently worn casual watches:

Rolex GMT 2 "Batman"
Pamerai 8 day manual wind
Omega Seamaster "James Bond"
Very nice!

I'll have to dig up some of my watches and post them here.
Old 20th August 2017
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My most frequently worn casual watches:

Rolex GMT 2 "Batman"
Pamerai 8 day manual wind
Omega Seamaster "James Bond"
Nice.
Seamaster is a great and under-rated watch.
Old 21st August 2017
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Yep, I inherited a 1950's Omega Seamaster Calendar and the thing looks great and runs flawlessly. I've never worn a watch though, so not sure what I'm gonna do with it...
Old 12th September 2017
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Not a collector but I appreciate a nice wristwatch, they are a dying breed for sure.

I have a couple pieces from this guy here - https://mrjoneswatches.com - really like their work, more about art than function, but they are always a talking point.

Oh, those look fun! I adore a nice watch, but I've not invested much into it. If I get more than a few hundred $$, it's always gone into music gear(and travel more recently). I've got a Russian diver and a few Skagens. I've been looking into respected "boutique" companies and hope to invest in one of them sooner than later. I've been eyeing Gavox, & Steinhart as well as Archemidie for pilot & diver styles. I've been looking at Seiko for dress(Cocktail Time) & racing styles.
Old 9th January 2018
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No pics...I have 3
Patek Phillipe Nautilis Jumbo Stainless..bought new
Porsche..first Porsche watch imported into US. Sn...001
Rolex Datejust 18k too flashy..not a gold person
Old 9th January 2018
  #17
I've managed to smash every watch I've ever worn. Glad they weren't a rolex.

I use a cell phone these days...
Old 9th January 2018
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I'm currently wearing a Tissot T-Navigator automatic chronograph. It's my first swiss chrono and I got it for a spectacular price on amazon.

Prior to that my daily wear was a citizen eco drive aviator/field watch with a chronograph. I still love that watch, but self-winding is the bee's knees. I didn't realize how much I'd enjoy a urethane band. It's a bit warmer than the fabric band on my citizen. The band's about worn out though so I need to find an actual nato band for it now.

I also have a simple citizen eco drive dress watch that I wear with a suit. My wife got it and I wore it casually for a few days, but those bands are a little too delicate for daily wear.

I also have a 1st gen apple watch but I don't wear it, the constant buzzing from social media stuff was too distracting, especially on stage.

One day I'd like a Submariner or a seamaster. I have a submariner copy and that movement is automatic and kinda glides, but not like those rolex movements.

At one point I carried a pocket watch but I much prefer a wristwatch. In college I really tore up my powerbook's finish typing on it while wearing a watch, now if only I knew which watch that was...
Old 11th January 2018
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No pics...I have 3
Patek Phillipe Nautilis
A classic.
Old 13th January 2018
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Old 16th April 2019
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Horology fans unite!

my buddy w/ disposable income has turned me on to watches and watch collecting over the years.

i've always loved them and even have some old wacky ones i've accumulated over the years. being a selective pack-rat comes through finally.

anyway, as i begin my real collection, i've emailed and talked to a few
indie watch makers and i must say they are some of the nicest folks
i've ever corresponded with. so far, i'm targeting smaller indies unil
i save up for my target $ watch...an Oris Big Crown Pointer Date.
there's so many others but...for now...gotta start somewhere.

one of the places i'm starting is here:

Collins Automatic - Silver - PRE-ORDER — COLLINS WATCH COMPANY

turns out he's a massive audio dork as well as a watch
nerd! here's a little teaser about him/it:

Introducing the Collins Watch on Vimeo

can't wait to get mine. thought i'd spread the word to the folks around here 'cause hey...his **** is cool! now, who else wants to talk watches!???

marty
Old 16th April 2019
  #22
We've merged your thread with this one.

That looks like a kool watch. I like those radioactive illuminated hands!
Old 16th April 2019
  #23
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Don't have many handy on this PC...



Hope you enjoy these few pics.
you sir, have impeccable taste! i'm obsessed w/
old Flieger style watches and your old Chronographs
are just perfect.

guys, i'm so sick about the theft **** y'all are describing.
that's good to know for my future reference but damn.

in my LA days i did almost get mugged once walking
from one of our studio's buildings to the other in Hollywood.
ah, street rabble.

keep the pix coming! i'll do the same.

m.
Old 4th December 2019
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Probably from the same kind of interest I've always had for the engineering and execution of audio electronics, I've long had an interest in complicated hand-made wristwatches.

My current collection includes some nice rarities.

Any other slutz that are interested in/collect watches?
Maybe you can help me....

About 40 years ago a girlfriend gave me a pewter pocket watch with a ceramic face. Someone once offered me a lot of money for it and that was decades ago. I've kept it as it is special to me. I recently moved and one of the hands came off so I need to take it in to get it repaired and I probably should have it appraised for insurance purposes.

My question - how does one go about finding a reputable repair person and appraiser who can be trusted not to rummage the thing for parts to be used elsewhere. I have heard stories about poeple taking antique watches in for repair only to find out that thing like gold pieces were replaced with modern components and therefore kept by the repair person.
Old 6th December 2019
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Maybe you can help me....

About 40 years ago a girlfriend gave me a pewter pocket watch with a ceramic face. Someone once offered me a lot of money for it and that was decades ago. I've kept it as it is special to me. I recently moved and one of the hands came off so I need to take it in to get it repaired and I probably should have it appraised for insurance purposes.

My question - how does one go about finding a reputable repair person and appraiser who can be trusted not to rummage the thing for parts to be used elsewhere. I have heard stories about poeple taking antique watches in for repair only to find out that thing like gold pieces were replaced with modern components and therefore kept by the repair person.
The only thing I can think of is to ask/tell the repair professional that you'll offer extra money to have you present while the assessment/repairs are performed.
Old 9th December 2019
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I'm far from a collector, but when I lived in Vegas, there was this shop in one of the casinos that had high-end luxury watches. There was this one that's always stuck with me where instead of a typical clockface, it had these three legs (kind of like the Mercedes emblem) that rotated around and at the tips of each of the legs were these dials that would roll with the motion and show each of the digits of the time and the day of the week. It was one of the most amazing timepieces I have ever seen, and I want to say it was something like $250,000, but for the life of me I can't remember the name of the thing. I've tried Googling and can't find it. Anyone know what the heck that thing was?
Old 10th December 2019
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Maybe you can help me....

About 40 years ago a girlfriend gave me a pewter pocket watch with a ceramic face. Someone once offered me a lot of money for it and that was decades ago. I've kept it as it is special to me. I recently moved and one of the hands came off so I need to take it in to get it repaired and I probably should have it appraised for insurance purposes.

My question - how does one go about finding a reputable repair person and appraiser who can be trusted not to rummage the thing for parts to be used elsewhere. I have heard stories about poeple taking antique watches in for repair only to find out that thing like gold pieces were replaced with modern components and therefore kept by the repair person.

The official Omega dealer here do have good watch repair men . But these guys do not work cheap and Know another watch maker that has a hobby that is repairing watches and clocks . Currently my Longines Jamboree get glass and spring replaced and it have some other issues coast 150 Euro . Not the highest end watch but having the watch long time and appreciate the patina . Do have another old Omega Sea-master that also need new glass and servicing and a new Constellation

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