You would imagine I’m coming at this from one side only. I’m a vintage watch fanatic so naturally it wins every time right? Perhaps a case of having a position and finding the evidence to support it (Brexit anyone!)? Well maybe.
Many people thought the introduction of watches like the Apple Watch might well spell another period of doom and disaster for the Swiss watch industry but if anything the last three years has taught us is that it has learned well from the lessons of the past and is now far more resilient than it was in the late 1970’s and the early/mid 1980’s.
Much of this ongoing success is born through the industries relentless marketing and investment in R&D to fine tune their products and produce ever...
I’m a huge fan of vintage watches. This will be a fact lost on absolutely no one. There is an elegance, style and sophistication to a timepiece from the golden era of the 1950’s and 1960’s (dare I say even the 1970’s) that is hard to replicate in a new watch that can never bear the same heritage for obvious reasons. But here’s a question I struggle to answer, are vintage watches cool?
How does it make you feel? On any given day a watch can make me feel completely different and in love with a particular aspect of horology. That’s why I collect. And those feelings can change over time, something that is reflected in my collection. Add in the uniqueness of a vintage collection and, in my opinion you have a manifestation of taste, appreciation and function it’s hard to match in any other part of life.
I’ve never been asked to go to the moon. In fact I’ve never even been asked to go into space. I realise these two facts might not surprise you. I imagine either endeavour would be a challenge, not least to the people who would be tasked with getting me there in the first place.
Although I am perfectly prepared to admit that it is unlikely we all have an undiscovered, rare Rolex GMT Bakelite nestling in a bottom drawer or otherwise, what I have always found to be exciting is the sheer possibility of it.
Life begins at forty for a legend
Let me say right now I wish I was 40 next year. Not for all the usual vain reasons of a desire to reverse the ageing process or because I particularly yearn to fulfil a uniquely vivid ‘bucket list’ of ambitions before it’s all too late. Truth be told, there is rarely a day goes by I don’t wish I was still ‘only’ forty, but for the last week or so that fervent longing has been stoked by the latest piece to cross my desk. I promised Mrs Watch Collector some ti...
Like a great many of you, I imagine, my list of ‘must-haves’ seems to gather pace each year, far beyond the rate at which I can reasonably collect. However, even the most cursory glance at my collection here will lead you to appreciate the special place Omega watches hold in my heart. And amongst those watches this 1971 Omega Speedmaster Professional holds a very special place.
As a young child I watched in awe the vivid images of man walking on the moon in 1972 as Apollo 17 brought to an end...
Utrinque Paratus – Ready For Anything
As any regular visitor to my site will know, I’m not just passionate about watches, I’m passionate about the stories a watch can pay testimony to. The extreme environments that supreme engineering can withstand, the resilience of exquisite watch making in the face of unparalleled odds.
And in particular I love imagining the provenance of a watch that might have survived the second world war or been present at significant events throughout the century. Oft...