Can I do it?

I was chatting to a watch-collecting friend over a pint or two on Sunday evening, and was trying to articulate how recent life-changing events have made me look differently at this hobby, and the excesses it encourages. Right now, I feel (for want of a better word) guilty for the time and money I spend on what are, essentially, trinkets and I was suggesting that I may just keep four or five and then push the whole WIS thing to the background. Focus on more meaningful things.

Anyway, I initially suggested that I’d just keep a few new pieces and do away with anything vintage as it would theoretically be a lot less hassle (well, no hassle at all). However, Howard made the logical argument that the vintage pieces – especially those I’m lucky enough to own – are the ones that would be the hardest to replace with similar quality examples. I’ve thought about that, and have decided that he’s right; in fact, I now know the five watches that are my keepers and, consequently, I understand the task ahead. Here they are, and wish me luck… I’ve given myself until the end of the year to get down to these and then kiss the whole “flipping” merry-go-round goodbye.

Oh, and if anyone actually reads this nonsense feel free to share your view via the comments function!

Merry Christmas!

I was actually just getting it ready to wear tomorrow, but I noticed that the leap year indicator has started to change, and of course the date is showing Christmas Eve. Under the circumstances, it would have been rude not to…

Have a wonderful Christmas, everybody, whether it’s a religious or secular holiday for you. I hope Santa brings you something nice!

End of year SOTC

Well, it’s that time again… coming up to Christmas, the festive spirit is mostly in the fridge right now and a quick look back over the year is appropriate.

I posted a an SOTC this time last year, at which time I had 13 watches with an emphasis on vintage Rolex (and there were some beauties!). This year I tried to get the numbers down a bit, and I succeeded for a while… I seem to have gone back up to 12 again, though, which is yet further evidence of my non-existent will-power. Anyway, as I did last year I still have vintage Rolex and Autavia GMTs; a nice old 5513; a fugly Tuna; a dressy and complicated JLC and GO; and a variety of other things to give me plenty of options. Too many options really, but I may as well just enjoy them all while I can and stop worrying about it.

I’ll take the opportunity to wish everyone well over the holidays too. It’ll be a quiet one for me as my other half is away with her family, but at least I can watch all the horror movies I want to watch for a couple of weeks 🙂

SOTC – 28/10/13

A couple of people asked me to post an up to date SOTC recently, so here it is – no changes of late and I won’t be selling any of these any time soon. I quite like the mix of modern and vintage, and there are quite a few different styles and complications in there. I must say that I’m particularly fond of the 806 (which needs a new strap) and the 5513, although I wear all of them regularly and get a lot of pleasure from each of them.

I had 17 watches not that long ago and am much more comfortable with a smaller and more manageable collection (that said, I do have a little package on the way). Anyway, I hope you like the pack-shot

The simplicity of a Perpetual

Not long ago, and shortly after reluctantly selling my JLC Perpetual Calendar (it wasn’t being worn, and it transpires that I’m not really into gold watches) I completed a trade that saw my 4th Glashutte Original arrive in the post, with a Milgauss GV and a bundle of cash having gone off in the other direction. It was a fantastic opportunity, too, because this new arrival is in fact the beautiful Senator Perpetual Calendar, which means that the PC void has been very quickly filled. It also means that after letting some lovely GO’s go (ahem) in the past, this fantastic manufacturer is represented once again, and this time it’ll be for the long term.

The Senator Perpetual Calendar is the 40mm model (reference 100-02-13-02-04) that was discontinued in favour of it’s 42mm successor in or around late 2011. This was a mistake in my opinion, because the same movement (more on that in a second) was simply popped into a bigger case with a larger bezel. I think that this model is much nicer in terms of aesthetics and overall scale, and this particular watch has an added sense of provenance in that it was bought from Jeffrey Hess (who wrote that book with James Dowling) as unworn/NIB just last November. In reaching me it was still as new, and bearing in mind that the current Senator PC lists at around £15k I reckon I’ve been rather lucky to have got my hands on this one.

The dial is beautifully balanced, with day, month, date and moonphase positioned in each of the four corners. The dot below the 12 marker is a year “type” indicator, and this is how the perpetual element of the movement does its work. Yellow indicates one year after a leap year; black is two years after; white is one year before a leap year; and red signifies a leap year itself. In addition to advancing via the crown the movement is operated with a number of push-buttons strategically placed on the case sides at 2 hours (month adjustment,) 10 hours (day of the week adjustment,) 9 hours (moon-phase adjustment,) 8 hours (sum correction for date, day of the week, month and yearly rhythm,) and 7 hours (second hand reset function).

The movement is GO’s top of the line 100 series – in this case the 100-02, which contains 59 jewels, beats at 28,800 vph and provides a power reserve of 55 hours. Typically of all GO watches, the movement is exquisitely finished with the usual bevelled edges, polishing and engraving; a lovely swan neck regulator, and a skeletonised rotor with 21k gold oscillation weight. I have to admit that I’m no longer surprised when I see GO movements, as I now know what to expect; however, they really are things of beauty.

Obviously, I’m completely overjoyed!

Three out, one in!

I made up my mind recently that I was going to reduce the numbers a bit (especially after a bit of a splurge on camera gear) and this week I sold three very nice watches. I decided to console myself by having a browse at some watch porn on the net, though, and inadvertently stumbled across something rather beautiful.

The Glashutte Original Senator Automatic was discontinued a couple of years ago, and is an absolutely gorgeous, very simple (two-handed) classic dress watch; however, at 40mm it has a fantastic wrist presence. It’s powered by one of GO’s best movements ever, the 100 series, and in this particular variant it happens to be the 100-08. Automatic, 32 jewels, 55 hour power reserve, swan neck regulator and the usual impeccable standard of finish in terms of bevelled edges, polishing and sunburst decoration. In the usual GO style, the rotor is skeletonised and has a 21kt gold oscillation weight. The finish on dial, hands and case is also faultless, and to top it off the strap fitting is a touch of genius, wrapping around the case with absolutely perfect proportions.

I wasn’t looking to buy another watch right now, but with the Cartier leaving the stable I was in need of a simple dress watch with no complications whatsoever. I think this fits the bill.