Recently, I have been noticing some discussions around reducing the size of watch collections, and it got me thinking about the absolute minimum I would be happy with in my collection. I managed to get it down to nine watches, that, if I had to, I could keep and get rid of everything else and still be somewhat happy.
While thinking about this, I set certain criteria for inclusion; only one watch per brand (which made it really difficult), each watch should satisfy at least two check marks (GMT, diver, digital, solar, mechanical, pilot, field, dress, retro, etc.), and finally, each should be a personal favorite for at least one reason.
From the top left, my Timex Q Digital. This could be a nice dress watch, is an icon of the '80s with that retro look, is a digital watch, and is the inclusion from Timex. This one is a personal favorite simply because my father had one when they first came out.
Next to it is my Hamilton Khaki Pilot Flight Timer, which is an analog/digital watch with two time zones, so it can serve as a GMT, also has a stopwatch and an alarm, and it has 100M WR making it a great GADA watch. This is a personal favorite simply because it is a somewhat unusual Hamilton watch and I really like the appearance of it.
The last watch in the roll is my Tissot PR100 Powermatic 80. I got this when it first released and it was the first watch on the market with the new Powermatic 80 movement, which can now be found in a variety of Tissot, Certina, and Hamilton watches. It was also the first Swiss automatic watch I purchased for myself. It is a personal favorite because I got my wife a Tissot PR100 Powermatic 80 with a MOP dial on a white strap and these are our couples' watch set we wear on date night.
Moving to the case, we begin with my Casio G Shock GWM5610, which is my go to outdoor watch and is also the watch I use to set my other watches, as it has Multiband 6 and updates to the atomic clock signal every night. This is a personal favorite because it has the classic look of the original G Shock but has been updated to include numerous features and has a solar cell to power it.
Next to my G Shock is my Nighty, my Citizen Nighthawk. This is a great looking tool watch and is also a GMT. Narrowing down my Citizen choice was difficult, and in the end I selected the Nighthawk for its icon status and look. It has become a personal favorite owing to my employer, which operates across two time zones, and my Nighty comes in handy when I am crossing the time zone line.
Next is my Bulova Hack, which is a retro field watch hearkening back to the Bulova military watches of WWII. This watch was a gift from my wife, and that is why it is a personal favorite. 'Nuff said.
My Seiko Arnie is my favorite Seiko watch and this was also a very difficult decision, as I also have a SUP880, an SNKL23, a G757, an SRPG35, and an SRPH33 that were hard to exclude from this list. In the end, the SNJ025 made the list because it is a personal favorite. Arnie has always been a favorite action star and I really like watching an Arnold movie marathon while wearing my own Seiko Arnie.
My Islander/Urban Gentry Rangemaster is the newest purchase on this list, and it has become a personal favorite that sees my wrist frequently. It fits great, has that nice 369 field watch aesthetic, has the new Miyota 9039 movement, so it is a true no date movement, and just looks great on the Barton Saddle Leather strap. As an added bonus, it gave me great pleasure with all the polarizing controversy it generated upon its release.
And finally, my Armitron Classic Digital Sport Chrono, which has both an alarm and a stopwatch in addition to the time, day, and date. It has become a personal favorite and my go to daily beater owing to its comfortable strap and excellent EL backlight, both of which are far better than most Casio or Timex watches.
I could not get it any smaller no matter how much I agonized over decisions. Nine seems to be the minimum acceptable size for a watch collection for me. How about you other Watch Crunchers? What is the smallest you could get your own collection and still be reasonably happy with it?