Just the eight - a selection of everyday watches

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Just the eight - a selection of everyday watches

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I recently spent almost a month on holiday in Greece, with only three watches. I thought that I would get bored with such a limited selection, but that wasn’t the case. In particular I really enjoyed wearing two that I purchased this year. If truth be told I only wore the third watch on a couple of occasions, so on reflection a pair of watches would have been sufficient.

This set me thinking - pick eight watches and wear no others for as long as possible. My criteria for picking eight everyday watches was:

- Each watch had to be one that I would be happy to wear as an only watch for a week or so (although I won’t wear any one watch for as long as that)
- Capable of being worn whilst doing anything that I am likely to do over the next few months
- No high profile watches that could attract unwarranted attention
- A mix of dial colours, with a few different styles of indices and hands
- A few different styles and complications
- A few different styles of bracelet
- Include a few that work well on straps as well as my preferred bracelets.

I have ended up with:
4 black dials
2 white
1 green
1 blue

Consisting of:
2 Dive watches
2 GMTS
3 Basic three handers
1 Chronograph

All work well on a bracelet (three live permanently on their OEM bracelet).

Three also work well with a range of straps of different types.

Two work well with the OEM rubber strap.

All are suitable for:
- Wearing to a café for breakfast, or a restaurant for lunch or dinner
- Gardening, cooking and general work around the house
- Playing with grandchildren
- Shopping
- Yoga
- Reading magazines and books (some even meet forum guidelines :))
- Mountain and coastal walking
- Putting out the bins
- Swimming in a pool, lake or sea
- Going on holiday
- Posting on a couple of watch forums.

I haven’t included any “dress watches” as they aren’t suitable for all activities. I have also not picked any higher profile watches from a favourite brand. In addition I have never really seen the point of G-Shocks or “beaters” as none of my likely activities require one.

The eight I have selected (ok I accept that the chronograph isn’t really a swimming watch, but seven from eight isn’t bad going! :))…
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If nothing else picking this eight has helped me realise that buying more watches just for the short term new watch hit is rather silly.

However if I had picked an everyday eight a couple of years ago four of the above would be different. The madness of watch collecting; just when you think everything is settled, it changes! :)

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Great write up and a great selection of watches, any of us would be happy with those 8. Looking forward to updates over the next few months.
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Having owned a Explorer II Polar 16570 for 25 years since new until I foolishly sold it, it was my only watch for almost 15 years because it is very versatile. Out of your eight, if I could have only two for the rest of my life: Explorer and Explorer II Polar.

Though if I was starting anew from what I know now (and what is available now), I would still only own two but they would be the following:
- Rolex Explorer 40mm
- Christopher Ward Trident Pro 300 white dial with bracelet and tropic rubber strap.
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Your eight watch experiment is pretty much how I manage my whole collection. Each new purchase must be something I would wear for almost anything and any watch that doesn’t fit in is moved along.

If I get bored with a watch or find flaw with its design then it is also moved along. This has helped me retain a small collection for some time which means all watches get a lot of wear. The longest something would go unworn is about a month, if it’s any longer than that it’s a sign I don’t need to hold on to it.

Once you reach this mindset it’s quite easy to manage a small collection. Each new purchase is met with the thought “which of my current watches would I sell to buy this?” If the answer is none, then I don’t really need the new one.
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An interesting remit and selection, Neil, and I note your caveat of 'higher profile from a favoured brand' whilst including two 'lower profile' from said brand or is this merely a way of justifying your selection?

Nevertheless, I feel that to select 8, or maybe 10 to 12, watches for a collection is a much more realistic target than the frequently talked about 3 or even 1 watch collection. If owning one watch may be considered a collection? :-k :-k

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The one that stands out to me most here in terms of readability is the green "Twelve", I think it is, on the bracelet with the pool in the background. Compared to the others it seems far more striking - that dial colour! - and easier to read at a glance than the others on the grid.

It's a surprise to me as well as I'd never given that particular watch any attention before but I'm going to have a closer look now.
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Tr3v0r86 wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 11:12 pm Great write up and a great selection of watches, any of us would be happy with those 8. Looking forward to updates over the next few months.
Thanks. Five of the eight are in on my “favourite never sell list”. How long will I stick with it? The Jury is out. We have a mountain walking holiday in the Scottish highlands in a few months time, followed by a week based in York. Part of me wants to wear a bling shiny Rolex for the walking holiday (absolutely no chance of bumping into the wrong sort on a Munro!), but not a watch I would likely wear walking around a city I am not familiar with, during the 2nd part of the holiday. However I would be relaxed about wearing any of the eight.

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nycWATCHnerd wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 12:07 am Having owned a Explorer II Polar 16570 for 25 years since new until I foolishly sold it, it was my only watch for almost 15 years because it is very versatile. Out of your eight, if I could have only two for the rest of my life: Explorer and Explorer II Polar.

Though if I was starting anew from what I know now (and what is available now), I would still only own two but they would be the following:
- Rolex Explorer 40mm
- Christopher Ward Trident Pro 300 white dial with bracelet and tropic rubber strap.

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I know what you mean about the Explorer and Polar Explorer 2. I have had both of mine for about 10 years (114270 not the newer 124270 in the pics) and they have always been towards the top of most worn list in any year since.

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iain wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 8:05 am Your eight watch experiment is pretty much how I manage my whole collection. Each new purchase must be something I would wear for almost anything and any watch that doesn’t fit in is moved along.

If I get bored with a watch or find flaw with its design then it is also moved along. This has helped me retain a small collection for some time which means all watches get a lot of wear. The longest something would go unworn is about a month, if it’s any longer than that it’s a sign I don’t need to hold on to it.

Once you reach this mindset it’s quite easy to manage a small collection. Each new purchase is met with the thought “which of my current watches would I sell to buy this?” If the answer is none, then I don’t really need the new one.
I have adopted the don’t buy unless confident I will wear as much as my best everyday watches for years. However I haven’t applied the same rules to random purchases of cheaper watches that I like, but end up not wearing enough. E.g. random Seiko and CWs that don’t really offer anything different to what I already had. The C63 GMT and the C63 Coloured dial LE models being a case in point.

Going forward I intend to also ask myself…

Will I wear a random purchase more than the C12 or C63FLE. If the answer is no, then it will be a pass.

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 8:23 am An interesting remit and selection, Neil, and I note your caveat of 'higher profile from a favoured brand' whilst including two 'lower profile' from said brand or is this merely a way of justifying your selection?

Nevertheless, I feel that to select 8, or maybe 10 to 12, watches for a collection is a much more realistic target than the frequently talked about 3 or even 1 watch collection. If owning one watch may be considered a collection? :-k :-k

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I wasn’t a means of justifying Guy. The eight aren’t my eight favourite watches, but they are watches I am happy to wear regardless of the where and what I am doing. Realistically I wouldn’t wear say a GMT Master everywhere, so no point pretending that I would.

To be fair there are places in the world where I wouldn’t wear any of them. But that would just be common sense.

I am certainly with you on 8-12 being a more realistic number. When I had three watches I certainly didn’t view it as a collection, I just thought I was a bloke with three watches. :)

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RichM wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 9:24 am The one that stands out to me most here in terms of readability is the green "Twelve", I think it is, on the bracelet with the pool in the background. Compared to the others it seems far more striking - that dial colour! - and easier to read at a glance than the others on the grid.

It's a surprise to me as well as I'd never given that particular watch any attention before but I'm going to have a closer look now.
Yep it is a lovely dial, capable of being light and dark. I picked it in preference to the blue Ti as the green is to me less in your face.

From my perspective the others are no more legible than the C12.

I think the weight of the C12Ti makes it very enjoyable to wear, as a contrast to heavier SS watches on a bracelet.

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The Speedy looks great, especially on the leather strap. Is it a hesalite dial?
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atnits wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 7:16 pm The Speedy looks great, especially on the leather strap. Is it a hesalite dial?
Yes the standard hesalite. The strap is a CW vintage oak.

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RichM wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 9:24 am The one that stands out to me most here in terms of readability is the green "Twelve", I think it is, on the bracelet with the pool in the background. Compared to the others it seems far more striking - that dial colour! - and easier to read at a glance than the others on the grid.

It's a surprise to me as well as I'd never given that particular watch any attention before but I'm going to have a closer look now.

Looks like I wasn't the only one captivated by this particular model - it's the Forum Member Photo of the Month! :clap:
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