Thoughts on 50 years of wearing watches (and 1 year collecting/WatchCrunch)

I've been wearing watches for over 50 years. First, it was a hand-me-down Cub Scout mechanical (pin-lever) watch, then LED digital watches ('70s), LCD digital watches and quartz divers ('80s), quartz field watches ('90s-'00s), a mechaquartz chrono ('10s), and an Apple Series 1 (2018). Watches have always been a tool for me - to tell me the time, and maybe the date? day? elapsed time? and more recently my HR? sleep quality? weather? and workout stats? Accordingly, I do not view watches as jewelry or status symbols. And as someone who lived through the "quartz crisis," I understand the heritage aspect, but I'm just too damned cost-conscious to spend more than I need to ... Seiko and Timex have enough heritage for me.

I also have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and am currently a Patent Attorney, so I could buy any watch I want (and understand exactly how it works). The innovations in mechanical watches (co-axial escapements, silicon hair springs, etc.) are fascinating, but are not worth $$$$ to me when a quartz or smartwatch watch can be more accurate at a fraction of the price.

I'm on WatchCrunch because I like wearing "analog" watches ... both to disconnect and to visualize the passage of time (I work remotely from home, and hours can disappear without a watch displaying the time to me). I wear them for me, not for others.

In the last year, I've revived my c. 2000 Victorinox quartz field watch and my c. 2012 Seiko SSB045 chronograph, and purchased a Casio Duro, Invicta 1953 (Seiko NH35), Timex MK1 Mechanical (Seagull ST6), and G-Shock GW-M5610U to fill out a 6-slot watch box... and I'm likely done "collecting" (although I still might get a "DressKX" or Baby Alpinist as a GADA/dress watch).

Each watch I have has a purpose:

  • my Duro is my "beater/diver" that I wear to the beach/pool and I wear every Friday night to tell me that the weekend has arrived;

  • my 1953 is my first mechanical watch - I wear it often and enjoy the timing bezel;

  • my MK 1 is my "vintage/heritage" watch - it is small (36mm, and very comfortable to wear), resembles a WWII/Korean/Vietnam field watch, and uses a movement designed in 1975 - it even has poor accuracy (+22 spd), so I feel like I'm getting the full vintage experience 😂;

  • my G-Shock is my "true" beater - it's my bug-out watch for the apocalypse... and is really the only watch anyone needs - I wear it at the shooting range and for cutting grass, washing cars, installing drywall, etc.;

  • my Seiko chronograph was a gift from my wife, and it's super versatile - I have found new love for it on a Bond nato strap; and

  • my Victorinox is my "beater/field" watch - it has a shrouded crown and no sharp edges so it is my go-to for sports and playing around (like babysitting my crazy neices/nephews).


Your post parallels my own views & opinions on so many levels! I too am old enough to remember/experienced first-hand, ALL of the watch trends/developments you mentioned ... and I also work in a STEM field 😀

Well said sir! BTW Fri-yays are my Duro Daze as well and as usual am sporting mine this morning and also own a Seiko meca-quartz chrono (SSB-031) 😀


Happy weekend everybody!


Your words ring true. 🤝


My wife chimed in on this post - she says my ego is large (so no compensation issues) but that, ultimately, I’m a modest guy who just doesn’t feel comfortable “flexing” with a watch… and I suppose she is right. As far as Andrew Morgan’s “finding enjoyment in cheap watches” video is concerned, I know that I find enjoyment wearing my modest watches at least partially based on the fact that I got a bargain on watches that make me happy. My wife and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary, and she noted that we didn’t need any fancy trips to make us happy as we had drinks on our wraparound porch and admired the blooming dogwood tree in our front yard…