Update, February 2013: Having just reinvigorated my interest in photography with some new gear I’ve decided to start posting some photos of subjects other than watches; this makes the blog a useful channel for my “creative endeavours” although it does change the original intent somewhat. Anyway, let’s see how it goes, but for now you’ll find all photos of stuff other than watches – unsurprisingly – under “Watches Aside” in the menu bar above.
I’m also happy to take commissions if you fancy having some nice high-resolution photos of your watch collection for the wall or just to keep in an album or on your computer, and can supply a few testimonials in this respect if required.
A few years ago, I looked at my two watches one morning – a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date and a Tag Heuer 6000 chronograph – and asked myself whether I really needed more than one watch. Having provided myself with an answer, I then proceeded to sell both of them; source a long yearned-for Rolex Submariner at a good price; and join a couple of watch forums to see what I could learn about the history of my watch and – perhaps – take part in some general chat. That final decision, to participate in the world of the online watch collector, opened my eyes to a whole new horological universe.
Like most people in the position I found myself, I was like a kid in a candy store. Buying and selling like there was no tomorrow, I worked my way through about 40 watches within the space of a year. Yes, I liked them, but for some reason I never loved them. They were… I don’t know, soulless. I didn’t know what the problem was (in fact, I didn’t even know there was a problem) but what I did realise was that – over time – my tastes were changing. The older watches that I used to look at with a degree of bemusement were starting to appeal to me and I found myself researching the world of vintage, which I was slowly realising was where my interest really lay.
The rest, as they say, is history…
I’m not new to the world of blogging nor, in truth, to photo-blogging. However, this is the first time that I’ve started a blog with the primary purpose of showing or discussing the watches that I own, have owned in the past, want to own in the future or simply love. It began as just some photos with, perhaps, the odd word to add some interest or clarity; over time, the words became a little more important and now I tend to post a mixture of the two (actually, there’s now also a fair bit of “off topic” content as well, although hopefully it provides some additional interest). If you do happen to stop by, I hope there’s something here to give you a moment’s enjoyment; oh, and if you fancy writing a “guest post”, and have some good hi-res images to go with the text, drop me a line!
Last, but not least, you can visit my Instagram page by hitting the button below 🙂
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Well now, it appears you have not dropped by watchlords in quite some time. Please feel free to join up and join in the fun. Have had a link to your place at WL since 2011 https://watchlords.com/viewtopic.php?f=154&t=12424&p=109305&hilit=Half+Past+The+Hour#p109305
We have also resurrected the original Bestdamnwatchforum after it was deleted by the guy who formerly sold doxa watches and hosted that site on his own system.
I have to admit that I’m struggling for downtime these days, but noted!
I know how lack of downtime feels.
Just found your blog. Wonderful photos (and a top shelf collection).
Looking forward to perusing the posts.
Thanks Roman – much obliged!
Hi. I’ve just discovered your blog and am in the process of browsing through it. Stunning photographs.
Thanks very much! I very much enjoy reading The Sydney Tarts, as it happens 🙂
Indeed great pics Tony! and even better collection…let’s see if I can contribute with some pics , althought the bar has been set pretty high
Cheers mate, and feel free 🙂
You can tell you really enjoy your collecting.
Your photos are beautiful, you’ve inspired me to take better pictures. Or at least try!
Thanks on all counts, Phil, and you’re right. I’m loving it 🙂
You’ve got some great pictures here. Would you mind posting what sort of set up you use for photographing them? I’m particularly interested in the settings used, but info on the camera, lens and lighting set up would be great as well. It’s pretty obvious you’re putting some thought into each photograph.
Hi Eric, and thanks!
I use a canon EOS 5D, and generally a 100mm macro lens. I tend to use a light tent for watch photography, and a variety of lighting set-ups from a panel of daylight balanced tubes to a couple of studio flash heads.
The settings tend to vary from shot to shot, but you can pick up the Exif data that’s embedded in the photos if you’re minded to (Photobucket permitting, because the new version seems to have stripped the metadata!).