One watch collection

I know I know this is an impossible task. As long as I’ve been on watcrunch I’ve yet to see this question asked so here it goes. If you can only have one watch, a do all watch what would it be???

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Grand Seiko SBGE201!

  • Spring drive, so you can look at the smooth sweeping seconds hand all day long
  • 72 hour power reserve, with PR indicator on front so you always know exactly how much you got left
  • +/- 15 seconds per month!
  • 200 meter water resistance
  • GMT function, with rotating bezel, enabling 3 time zone tracking
  • Fully-lumed sapphire crystal bezel!!!
  • Put it on a leather strap for a more formal look, and given all the amazing faceting and diamond-polishing, it can easily serve as sorta dressy
SBGE201 | Collections | Grand Seiko
SBGE201 | Collections | Grand Seiko
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sinn 556 or rolex explorer 1😂

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I've always disliked the term "one watch collection", since as far as I'm concerned, a single watch is not a collection, but rather just a single watch.

If I had to get rid of all of my watches except for one, I'd have a really hard time deciding which one to keep. I really like chronographs, and I find a date complication to be useful, so for me it would probably be one of chronographs with a date complication, such as my Omega Speedmaster Racing or my Sinn 144. Then again, I'm still in the honeymoon phase with my Santos De Cartier, so it would be in the running as well.

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CW C63 white dial. 

Inexpensive enough to replace if it gets lost/stolen, nice enough to dress up, and durable enough for anything I ever do. All it takes is a strap change and it can go from the field to the evening out.  

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I love all of the watches in my collection, but without a doubt my explorer I would be the one to keep if I could only keep one

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Rolex Explorer 1. I know because I’m avoiding to get that watch, so I have excuses to have more watches. 

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a G-Shock DW5600 (world time, stopwatch, timer, digital, great lume, solar powered). 

otherwise, a Reverso should suffice in any other days/occasions

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For me it would have to be my Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (ref. 23263422101001). 600M of water resistance, 60 hours power reserve, automatic, 42mm, 20mm lug width so lots of strap options. You can wear this one in the boardroom and on your surfboard. One watch collection for sure.

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Audemars Piguet 15202 ST

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I've always disliked the term "one watch collection", since as far as I'm concerned, a single watch is not a collection, but rather just a single watch.

If I had to get rid of all of my watches except for one, I'd have a really hard time deciding which one to keep. I really like chronographs, and I find a date complication to be useful, so for me it would probably be one of chronographs with a date complication, such as my Omega Speedmaster Racing or my Sinn 144. Then again, I'm still in the honeymoon phase with my Santos De Cartier, so it would be in the running as well.

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I agree with your first paragraph totally! Otherwise everyone would be collecting cars coz they own one 😂

Btw my BB58 would be my single keeper.

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I think 2 watches is as few as I could do. Submariner and maybe a DJ41.  
 

I think there is a great 2 watch combination for just about any budget.   You can start with a G-Shock model between $140 and $320, and then go from there.  

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Too many with sentimental attachment. With a clean sheet possibly the Explorer or my JLC Extreme with Alarm. Latter isn‘t an obvious choice (it is a biggy) but is robust, world time and I’ve always been fascinated by the mechanical alarms. 

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I know this will come out of left field for all my watch nerd peers but, the definition of Collection (through certain synonyms) is:

"A group of things, assembly, gathering, stock, accumulation, conglomeration..." You get the idea 😅.

There is no such thing as a one watch collection, sorry. The concept of THE ONE IDEAL watch can be true in the eyes of the beholder. Nevertheless, it can not be defined as a collection; only as: "This is the only watch I have decided to own and I am proud of it 💪".

All of the watches mentioned above are  wonderful, but a collection implies plural⌚👍🙌 😀. 

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2:
 

  • The case is made from JLC exclusive TiVan15 their own proprietary titanium technology which is 15% more scratch-resistant than regular titanium.
  • The bezel is made from black Zirconium ceramic, good luck scratching that.
  • The crown is also made from ceramic and has an integrated button that switches the modes from winding, GMT, and time setting.
  • A patented radial power reserver indicator.
  • Fully integrated movement, a column-wheel vertical clutch chronograph that displays the time in digital minutes (at 12). The chronograph hours (at 9).
  • An additional column-wheel for the mode selection.
  • A Date (at 3).
  • The GMT has a shorthand sticking out from the center of the dial and a 24-hour indicator (at 6).
  • Free-sprung escapement requires no lubrication and is made from silicone parts that are used to regulate timekeeping.
  • Large balance wheel for better accuracy which is held by a full balance bridge for stability.
  • The winding mechanism has ceramic ball bearings that require no lubrication. The rotor itself uses a solid platinum mass.
  • There's a slider on the left side of the case. When you slide it down it will hack the seconds. Pushing out the crown will reset the chronograph but the timekeeping will continue.
  • Lastly, the buckle has a micro-adjustment and the strap can be changed without any tools.

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A one watch collection end's up being all about compromises, and risks being boring.   However, here's how I got to my choice:

Must be of a style that is wearable in all occasions (casual and dress)

Must be the right size for all occasions (39mm)

Must consider whether a complication is required, and which one is most useful to me (GMT)

Must be robust (Stainless Steel)

Must work on multiple straps and bracelet so I avoid boredom

Must have a movement that is easily serviceable and reliable (ETA / Selita based, or high quality Quartz)

Must have horological significance I can talk to and feel good about wearing

Must have a dial that is interesting, but will go with anything I wear

I landed on the watch I currently wear as my everyday, and on reflection these were all the questions I asked myself when choosing it.  Sorry to be boring and predictable: its the Grand Seiko SBGN 003. its a compromise in so many ways, and yet it ticks all the boxes for me.

And that the key bit in this analysis: for me. 

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I said this in another thread, and stand by this: there is no real one watch solution [really]; I always recommend a daily/beater to save your dressier/bolder pieces from accidental ruin, and I always believe [you need choice] to suit the occasion.