This week I posted about my new addition, the Rolex Explorer ref. 14270. And it got me thinking. Which has led to me writing this small story about my watch collecting journey so far.
Regarding the title, let’s make a start with the ‘joy’ part. I’ve been collecting watches for the better part of 2 years now. And weirdly, it has taught me a lot about my life and the way I make decisions/think in general. Normally I make very impulsive decisions, I think about something for a small amount of time and it always feels like I have made up my mind in the matter of minutes. But when it comes to buying watches the price would, obviously, play a big part in this. In such way that I force myself to wait and think about it, think about and think about it some more… With buying and selling some watches I’ve noticed that these somewhat ‘impulsive‘ decisions were also affecting my work life and some other private situations. It has taught me to take more time and think longer about certain things. The hell, it actually helped me become a better decision maker at times!
I have thought long and hard about this Rolex Explorer and now that it is in my collection I really feel like I have made a good choice. So good almost that I am basically considering selling everything else (apart from my speedy)…
I have chosen the Explorer to be my new addition because a number of reasons being,
These points combined really make it feel like my kind of watch. And I know, I am still in the honeymoon phase of owning it so the taught of me loving it would be certain. But sometimes it’s just love at first sight and I can already feel that this will be in my collection for quite a while.
Now for the ‘uncertain’ part in this story. Of course watch collecting is a great hobby, I have made many new friends from forums like these. And it’s something I can enjoy all night apart from laying on the couch watching Netflix. But like all hobby’s, it also has negative sides.
Of course we have the elephant in the room, but I don’t even mind the money part of it. The fact that watches like these are relatively expensive makes it special. There’s saving for months/years involved which seems hard at the time but makes up for emotional pleasure in the end. At least, that’s how I experience it. Though there is also a big dark side about this. There are a lot of scammers/fakes out there. I read about some horror stories from time to time that people had saved up a long time to only find out they’ve bought a fake, or that someting else horribly had happend.
Of course this is really extreme which can be prevented by things as a lot of research, asking questions, buying from a reputable dealer etc. But then also there, people can be mistaken. With my Explorer I had done the research and bought the watch from a reputable dealer. Now that I have it, I have noticed that something (probably the winding rotor) is loose inside the movement. Also the watch runs almost -90 seconds per day. Which means I now have to get it to a watchmaker and all the costs that ‘probably’ get involved with getting it serviced.
Also the bracelet and clasp don’t really fit my wrist well. I have pretty small wrists and this is almost always a problem for me. I like the watch best on the steel bracelet, but now I have it on a green NATO (which I also love by the way). These kind of things do take away a chunk of the joy when receiving a watch after carefully considering and saving up for a long time.
On the one hand I don’t really care that it needs a service, it feels good to get it back and know that I can take the watch on coming adventures without problems. It will only be hard to be missing it for some time after just receiving it. The bracelet bothers me more honestly, hopefully there are some kind of pills/diets that can make my wrists more swole so that watches will fit me ‘better’…
All-in-all I do love this watch and everything that I have experienced with watch collecting to this date. How are you guys’ experiences so far?
Thanks for taking the time and reading this if you have come this far!
Fan of almost everything that ticks, mostly love (vintage) military and dive watches ☕️🤿