Well, this year just gone (so perhaps this should be labelled 2022) has been when I decided to pursue watches as an intentional hobby, rather than one accidental and incidental. Consequently, not only have I put my watches together in one place — rather than tucked away in drawers and boxes, and somewhat forgotten — making sure they are all in decent, clean and working, condition; but have also acquired no less than five new watches simply for the sake of them, or as gifts this year. This is unusual for me, as usually all watches are gifts or bought out of need.
Hence this is now a Collection with a big ‘C’ rather than a collection with a small ‘c’ — the incidental and accidental accumulation, now arranged with some thought. All are able to be worn, and almost all have. Occidental and Oriental, quartz and cog, old and new, novelty and serious, fashion and function — all quite well represented, almost by chance.
From left to right, and top to bottom:
Casio F-91W, third party replacement strap.
Casio TV/Video Commander, third party strap with a spare OEM in the drawer.
Casio G-Shock GD350, Nato adapters and Archer strap.
Timex Expedition Electronic Compass, Wocci strap and in need of a new bezel insert.
Timex St:tng Cloaking Romulan, Archer rubber strap.
Paladone Game Boy Watch, original strap.
Accurist Titanium Chronograph, Xtreme hook and loop strap.
Tommy Hilfiger Day Date Gold, original bracelet.
Pagani Design 1713, original bracelet.
Pagani Design 1667, WSC Milanese Strap. (Automatic)
Avia Matic, BisonStrap leather band. (Automatic)
Lanco Dress watch, third party leather strap. (Automatic) (my Grandads)
?Lanco Ladies Dress watch, integrated bracelet. (Automatic) (my Grandmothers)
Orient Mako II, original bracelet (Automatic) (on wrist, and my newest, and from my wife)
Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar, 1999, original bracelet (on top of tools in drawer, it lives outside the box in the sun now, handed down to me by my father)
A bunch of straps, naturally, though I need more 22mm options, and a few tools in a Kendal mint cake tin (main toolboxes elsewhere) as well as some of the original straps for the ones on third party options. That way it’s matter of minutes to pop things about. Couple of tie bars and cuff links, but those are rarely in use, and aren’t exactly watch related.
So, accidentally or not, and thanks to people around me (My wife in particular encourages the hobby and has bought me books on the subject over the last few years — even before I was really engaged with the hobby) I think I am a collector now.
Not pictured: WatchCrunch hat.