StrapMeister - SOTC - January 2024

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StrapMeister - SOTC - January 2024

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It's been a couple of years since I posted an SOTC
...there's been quite a turnaround in that time albeit it's becoming reasonably settled now.
Here's currently what my collection looks like as of today 01/01/2024
BOX 1
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Top Row - Left to Right:
ZERO WEST RAF-C LE
ZERO WEST H1-P3708 LE
ZERO WEST S1 Spitfire LE
ZERO WEST TT-58R LE
ZERO WEST CR-1 LE
ZERO WEST L1 Longitude LE

Bottom Row - Left to Right:
BOMBERG BB-01 Dias De Los Muertos LE (I like sugar skulls and the Mexican Celebration of the Day of the Dead. There's also a Bond connection)
BULOVA Harley Davidson Motorcycles 'Willie G' (bought this purely as the design matches the covers on my Harley)
VALIMOR Kilgharrah (Kickstarter)
CHRISTOPHER WARD C70 DBR1 COSC LE
PANERAI Radiomir PAM512
GLASHUTTE ORIGINAL Panoreserve (the watch that has surprised me the most! ...because of its size, dial orientation and how surprisingly easy it is to read. It's also extremely well made)
LONGINES Dolcevita (bought specifically as a dress watch to be worn with a Tuxedo)

BOX 2
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Top Row - Left to Right:
BREMONT Airco Mach I Special Edition
BREMONT Solo-43 Special Edition
BREMONT Jaguar C-Type Chronograph
CHOPARD Grand Prix de Monaco Power Control

Middle Row - Left to Right:
Blank - ROLEX Submariner S&G (a present to myself for a significant birthday and one of my most worn watches of 2023)
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OMEGA Seamaster - Bond - No Time To Die SE
OMEGA Seamaster 300M - Bond LE
OMEGA Planet Ocean - Bond LE

Bottom Row - Left to Right:
TUDOR Black Bay GMT
TUDOR Black Bay Red
CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident Pro 600 GMT (My most worn watch of 2023)
CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident Pro 600 SH21 COSC

BOX 3
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Top Row - Left to Right:
ANONIMO Nautilo Classic White
HANHART Pioneer One LE (a watch only available to the US Market and acquired for me by a trusted forum member)
VALIMOR Caliburnus II - Black Knight (Kickstarter)
VALIMOR Valknut (Kickstarter)

Middle Row - Left to Right:
BERING Classic (a present from my good lady)
POLICE Chronograph (a present from my Brother)
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Bottom Row - Left to Right:
CASIO G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000D-1ER (The perfect watch for doing my Blood Bike duty)
TAG HEUER Forumla 1 Ceramic (My first "proper" watch some 10 years ago)
SEIKO baby Orange Monster (My, tried and tested in the Sea, Holiday watch)
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I also still have the pocket watch that my father bought for me.
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Re: StrapMeister - SOTC - January 2024

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That’s a very nice collection you’ve built up. I didn’t realise you had so many Zero West watches in there, would you say they are your favourite brand?
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iain wrote: Mon Jan 01, 2024 5:43 pm That’s a very nice collection you’ve built up. I didn’t realise you had so many Zero West watches in there, would you say they are your favourite brand?
Thanks Iain.
This has been a collection journey spanning @10 years.
I'm not sure that I really have a favourite brand.
I like Bremont and what they are doing and, of course, CW.
I also like what Zero West are doing, the tag line being "History on the Wrist".
Apart from that they very well made watches, they're something a bit different and are truly limited editions.
I was lucky enough to be "on board" from, close to, their beginnings and bought what I liked...which has manifested into a sub-collection.
Also, the founders, Graham and Andrew, are really nice gentleman - I've been to the boathouse in Emsworth and met them a couple of occasions now.
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StrapMeister wrote: Mon Jan 01, 2024 9:26 pm Apart from that they very well made watches, they're something a bit different and are truly limited editions.

When some of us visited Bremont a few years ago we met in a pub for lunch beforehand and we all brought some of our watches with us. Wyatt AKA Outiow had one with him and you are right, they are very well made and something a bit different. I’m not sure there’s room for one in my small collection but they are very nice and I can see the attraction.
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Re: StrapMeister - SOTC - January 2024

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Well sir, youll not be surprised to hear thats my favourite ever collection on the forum :clap: :clap: :clap:

I also didnt realise how many zw's you had, but all are superb, and all would be in my collection if I had the funds! Its like a mini version of the magic drawers in the boathouse!!!!!

Absolute first class.
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Re: StrapMeister - SOTC - January 2024

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Great extensive and varied collection. I do like that Sub, your Bond Omegas and the Tudors to name a few. The day of the dead watch is pretty cool too and I did get the Bond connection.

I’m not the biggest Zero West but admire what a great sub collection that is, you clearly love them.
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Find a few brands you like and stick to them, add a sprinkling of other key pieces. Job done. A much better approach in my view than a collection with no more than one watch from each brand. :thumbup:

If I could only pick one of those it would be the Panoreserve.

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That's a pretty awesome collection of watches you have there. I really like the Sub, the gold treatment really elevates it imo. I like the Zero West Longitude, too. But for me the real star and with, perhaps, the most individuality has to go to the Chopard GP de Monaco. Such a unique dial and a very stand alone piece.

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Re: StrapMeister - SOTC - January 2024

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Great collection. I'd say beefy if i could find one word.
I love zero-west but most are too big for me. But if i packed it all in for one watch the RAF -C would just be the bizz. People would notice if i was wearing it and i'd be delighted to show it off :thumbup:

The white dial anonimo too - another watch i think i could wear forever.

Beefy hasn't anything to do with dimensions by the way. Beefy is a state of mind. Not sure if watches can have a state of mind but watch designers can :thumbup:
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