Summary of your journey…. In photos.

I’m curious how everyone got to where they are now.  Did you start from humble beginnings and build?  Have you specialized or broadened your range?  Have you reduced or grown your collection out of control?  

Post the earliest SOTC you can find and the most recent.  I’ll start. This is December 2016 vs. March of this year. 

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Did you keep any of the vintage Hamiltons? Big upgrade in median quality, BTW.

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That's the latest group shot, about half of the total.

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It is an improvement over this.

To answer one of your questions:  out of control.

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wow that’s nice collection!! I’m working myself up to that 😁 but I’m loving what I got so far…
OK … I guess this is my official SoTC post as well so started with these first…

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Then just escalated to this…but still in my humble beginnings though 😔…

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my sons spiderman I kept in the box cuz he lose things this was his 3rd watch so it stays in the box…

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That Raymond Weil looks beautiful!

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I wish I'd actually had a better photo record of my collections.  As such, I have little to offer in that regards.

Otherwise, would echo @Aurelian .  Major upgrade in quality and.collection diversity.

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Aurelian

Did you keep any of the vintage Hamiltons? Big upgrade in median quality, BTW.

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That's the latest group shot, about half of the total.

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It is an improvement over this.

To answer one of your questions:  out of control.

I have some photos of the Hamilton collection. Most are kind of sub sets.  I’m not sure I ever did a full SOTC. 

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Here’s the ones I kept and the work watches that don’t fit in my main box. 

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Aurelian

Did you keep any of the vintage Hamiltons? Big upgrade in median quality, BTW.

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That's the latest group shot, about half of the total.

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It is an improvement over this.

To answer one of your questions:  out of control.

That is a nice vintage collection.  There’s a variety of interesting watches.  Vintage can be so addicting that I had to remove the temptation. 

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Ichibunz

wow that’s nice collection!! I’m working myself up to that 😁 but I’m loving what I got so far…
OK … I guess this is my official SoTC post as well so started with these first…

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Then just escalated to this…but still in my humble beginnings though 😔…

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my sons spiderman I kept in the box cuz he lose things this was his 3rd watch so it stays in the box…

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That’s a unique and interesting path you‘ve taken to get where you are today.  There’s some awesome pieces in there.  

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watchuwants

That Raymond Weil looks beautiful!

The RW is a surprise hit.  It‘s nice enough that I didn’t feel the need to add another dress watch for many years until the Cartier showed up.  Yet it’s still different enough that it can reside side by side with the Cartier.

 It’s actually saved me a lot of money by preventing me buying a MUT Moon or some other super expensive dress watch. 

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what is that longines second from left bottom row? That font is very nice but comes at a high price tag if you want it from Patek or Zenith or IWC or Moser

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This is inspiration bro you started from the mud and you have some nice pieces in the fleet I c the hulk and the Batman keep grinding bro I’ll be displaying in a few years remember me lol

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Davemcc

I have some photos of the Hamilton collection. Most are kind of sub sets.  I’m not sure I ever did a full SOTC. 

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Here’s the ones I kept and the work watches that don’t fit in my main box. 

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Super legit collect bro #goals

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I had this December last year. 

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Now I’ve got these g-shocks, divers and chronographs. 

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These field type watches and more dressy options. 

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And I’ve got these on order. 

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I like these journey-style posts.

The earliest group shot I can find is this from 2016. My storage has gone through some changes too. I started out with a generic Tempus winder from Amazon - flashy, but no character.

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The only ever-presents are the Junghans (my first proper watch), closely followed by my Tudor 79220N. After getting those two, I focused almost exclusively on vintage gold dress watches for a couple of years, then realised I was spending so much on servicing them back to life that I should consolidate and go modern.

As the collection expanded, I bought this old mechanics tool chest, which I refurbished and used for a while. I love this box, and still have it, but the wife uses it for jewellery now as the drawers meant I couldn't store anything on rubber as all the watches had to lie flat.

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Then I commissioned a new smaller box to suit a consolidated collection (that commission was a disaster, which I may document at some stage). I reduced from 32 to 5, but have crept back up to this:

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That's where I'm at so far...

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violanime

what is that longines second from left bottom row? That font is very nice but comes at a high price tag if you want it from Patek or Zenith or IWC or Moser

That is called the Longines Heritage Military L2.811.4.53.0/3.  It’s a 44mm piece that’s still very comfortable on my 6-3/4” wrist. 

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Calumets

I like these journey-style posts.

The earliest group shot I can find is this from 2016. My storage has gone through some changes too. I started out with a generic Tempus winder from Amazon - flashy, but no character.

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The only ever-presents are the Junghans (my first proper watch), closely followed by my Tudor 79220N. After getting those two, I focused almost exclusively on vintage gold dress watches for a couple of years, then realised I was spending so much on servicing them back to life that I should consolidate and go modern.

As the collection expanded, I bought this old mechanics tool chest, which I refurbished and used for a while. I love this box, and still have it, but the wife uses it for jewellery now as the drawers meant I couldn't store anything on rubber as all the watches had to lie flat.

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Then I commissioned a new smaller box to suit a consolidated collection (that commission was a disaster, which I may document at some stage). I reduced from 32 to 5, but have crept back up to this:

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That's where I'm at so far...

I feel like we shared many common milestones along the way.  A lot of what you’re saying is very familiar to me.