Rethinking the collection.

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androo wrote:I want a geiger counter now
We should have known that one was necessary if collecting vintage. :oops:
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And perhaps its not a good idea to keep my vintage watches in my pants
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androo wrote:And perhaps its not a good idea to keep my vintage watches in my pants
:aengstlich: :problem:
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Good read there, thanks for the link.

This watch I just disposed had the entire dial treated in radium paint, so much more radium material vs. watches with only painted markers or hands.

Lots of those paints degrade over time and become friable. The dust can be inhaled or ingested. I think the risk is negligible, except when opening the case to service the movement.

But don't leave your vintage radium watches lying about the house if you have small kids that put things in their mouth. That's why we got rid of it.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:Interesting bit of "earthy" Italian in your sig, scooter! Any ref to this week's news? I see they're printing t-shirts with that on along with the Captain's face!
Very much so AVO but I'm not going to encroach on this interesting thread.

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Peteo wrote: Another person who did a bit of a rethink recently is downer. Many of us were surprised when he sold a slew of his pieces all at once a few months ago. I'd be interested to hear his thoughts on this subject.
I did indeed have a bit of rethink, and sold a few, based on getting rid of those I wore the least. In the end my thoughts can easily be summed up, and scooter does it very nicely...
scooter wrote:Quality over quantity every time.

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I have decided I am not a collector for the sake of collecting, and therefore, I don't need, and furthermore, cannot make use of dozens of watches. Equally, I don't want to create a massive maintenance overhead by having a bunch of watches demanding services.


So, a few watches that really satisfy me on one level or another is where I am heading. Ultimately, I would aim to have around 12 or so.

Of my current collection, I have four that are definite keepers, a few probables and several candidates for the next clear out.
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hmmmm if either the PO or Aqua terra is for the chop......:wink:
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highway62 wrote:hmmmm if either the PO or Aqua terra is for the chop......:wink:
No chance. The 'for ever' keepers are the PO, the AT, The Sinn 358 and the 2009FLE. :)
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Drat! Foiled again! Curses!!
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There are shops that sell them. You could just go out and buy one you know. :wink:
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or all 3! :lol:
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downer wrote:
highway62 wrote:hmmmm if either the PO or Aqua terra is for the chop......:wink:
No chance. The 'for ever' keepers are the PO, the AT, The Sinn 358 and the 2009FLE. :)
How long is forever? Which of your watches would have been 'forever' 12 months ago before those 4 arrivals?

In my own way (and much further down the watch food chain) I've upped quality over quantity in the last year and will try and slowly upgrade them, as opposed to adding to them.
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redd wrote:
downer wrote:
highway62 wrote:hmmmm if either the PO or Aqua terra is for the chop......:wink:
No chance. The 'for ever' keepers are the PO, the AT, The Sinn 358 and the 2009FLE. :)
How long is forever? Which of your watches would have been 'forever' 12 months ago before those 4 arrivals?

In my own way (and much further down the watch food chain) I've upped quality over quantity in the last year and will try and slowly upgrade them, as opposed to adding to them.
Today, I cannot imagine ever selling those 4 watches. I know there are better quality watches than my PO, but honestly, I can't imagine ever trading up from the level of Omega. For me, anything more expensive would be intimidating to wear, and therefore, a bit pointless.

12 months ago, I think the only 'forever' watch I had was the 2009FLE.
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Following on, I've decided to reduce my collection to 1 diver, 1 chrono & 1 dress - then take it from there.

So my keepers will be:


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My Colt diver. I love the colour, it survives all the bashing I give it and, at 38mm, fits me perfectly. At the mo I can't think of many divers I'd swap it for. Maybe a midsize Tudor Sub, or perhaps a minty vintage midsize Heuer diver - but even then I think I might prefer the Breitling.




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My PRS-12 Speedbird chrono. I love the simplicity of the dial, and the case is lovely and well-fitting (38mm again). My favourite chrono I've tried up to now. I've toyed with "upgrading" it to a Speedmaster day-date, but I think I prefer the Speedbird.






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Vintage Omega - my dress watch. I've had it for several years, and it's very nice. V comfortable too.


They'll be various watches for the chop, then - including my C5 aviators. Both my Speedbird and my Omega need some work on them, so that will help to pay for servicing and repairs.
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Brave man, but you'll still have a nicely varied trio to cover all bases...I'm really glad to see you're keeping the Seamaster - it's a beaut! :clap:
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