Collection 2023

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.

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Wonderful collection!

I did exactly what you did as to my watch collection. 

Damn I love all watches!

Have fun!

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A brilliant and interesting collection right there! That game boy watch is bonkers?

Room for another Orient there I'm sure? What do you reckon?

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Guvnor64

A brilliant and interesting collection right there! That game boy watch is bonkers?

Room for another Orient there I'm sure? What do you reckon?

It’s mental, and occasionally goes wrong, belting out the SuperMarioLand theme non-stop, until I take the battery out. Which can only be done by fully disassembling the watch because of a design flaw. (It’s battery hatch is too small for the battery) 

I quite love this Mako II my wife chose, but I can imagine a Kamasu or Bambino in a few years. Maybe. I lean towards divers and bezels I can use and fiddle with, and a water resistance that means I am not worried about taking a shower or ending up in water rather than dress watches. But I really do like Orient. (I believe even before I had one I said I would prefer one to a Seiko) More now with this little warrior on my wrist.

Of course, if I mysteriously end up rich through some weird quirk — I don’t tend to buy lottery tickets — I will be shopping in Omega stores for multiple models, and maybe even one of those crazy accurate Citizens.

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Very cool!  That game boy watch is unreal, never saw one before!!!

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SurferJohn

Very cool!  That game boy watch is unreal, never saw one before!!!

Check Amazon. Was a gift from one of my sisters-in-law. My Nephew (different side) has one too, and I have had to exorcise/repair/change battery in that too. It’s very similar otherwise to an F91W. Strap is nice. 

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Interesting and fun collection, I like the vintage digitals. 

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You have some fun watches. I have that exact Gameboy watch, and use it as a desk clock with a daily alarm letting me know it's almost 5pm. I've heard of the glitches many have, but mine works properly so far.

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That Gameboy 😍🥸

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Robcollects

Interesting and fun collection, I like the vintage digitals. 

They were new when I got them lol.

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gbelleh

You have some fun watches. I have that exact Gameboy watch, and use it as a desk clock with a daily alarm letting me know it's almost 5pm. I've heard of the glitches many have, but mine works properly so far.

I think it’s to do with battery life and if the alarm has been left set at midnight. One power fail and back up again and it just goes into a never ending loop — which can be set off by simply poking a button too hard. Then you’ve got to strip it down before it goes mental.

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Nice collection you got there. You cover the full spectra👍The AVIA has a great 70s style which I guess the period it come from.

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JaimeMadeira

They were new when I got them lol.

Indeed! I have a number of vintage quartz that have that same history! 😉

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JaimeMadeira

It’s mental, and occasionally goes wrong, belting out the SuperMarioLand theme non-stop, until I take the battery out. Which can only be done by fully disassembling the watch because of a design flaw. (It’s battery hatch is too small for the battery) 

I quite love this Mako II my wife chose, but I can imagine a Kamasu or Bambino in a few years. Maybe. I lean towards divers and bezels I can use and fiddle with, and a water resistance that means I am not worried about taking a shower or ending up in water rather than dress watches. But I really do like Orient. (I believe even before I had one I said I would prefer one to a Seiko) More now with this little warrior on my wrist.

Of course, if I mysteriously end up rich through some weird quirk — I don’t tend to buy lottery tickets — I will be shopping in Omega stores for multiple models, and maybe even one of those crazy accurate Citizens.

That game boy watch is clearly better to look at than listen to!

I think overall in my short time collecting Orient is my favourite brand. I hope to get an Orient Star model at some point. A sort of much cheaper Grand Seiko!

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Guvnor64

That game boy watch is clearly better to look at than listen to!

I think overall in my short time collecting Orient is my favourite brand. I hope to get an Orient Star model at some point. A sort of much cheaper Grand Seiko!

We have similar tastes it seems.

I actually think Orients are better looking than Seiko, and definitely have a more intrinsically Japanese styling I feel. Also — don’t like needle/syringe tip hands except on the second hands, so many modern Seiko turn me off the looks. I find them… squat looking. Orient is smoother I think, more of a flow, and I prefer sword or pencil hands for the most part. Times arrow as it were, especially on that — sometimes red — orient second hand.

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Lovely and unusual collection 💗

That Lanco dress watch is my favourite. I love that style of case and definitely need to find one for my collection. 👍