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biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:01 am
by biggus_richus
As I've been knocking around these parts for a year now, I thought it an apt time for a SOTC. First up, this time last year:

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A Seiko Kinetic I bought in 1998, my first big boy pants watch, another bought for me by my wife about 10 years ago as a cheaper alternative to a Hamilton Ventura and then a Garmin which I'm almost ashamed to say had become my daily wearer as I was cycling to/from work and running at lunchtimes.

During an extended period of leave last year, I became aware of Christopher Ward and started reflecting on what a shame it was that I had these two Seikos that weren’t getting much wear.

And now, a year later, I'm still not quite sure what came over me...

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The vintage C60 came after a rush of blood to the head in July during my first experience of a CW sale. The Oris followed shortly after; I'd seen it on offer after Christmas and admired it. And then quite by chance seen it in another, less local shop window. Egged on by my wife, I went to try it on and when she offered to go halves, I could hardly say no.

The yellow 316L #255 came during the CWE visit in September, which is also where I fell for the Ombré and the Marloe Coniston arrived a month later.

The C7 prototype was yet another impulse buy and much as I appreciate the case design, it's a watch that I enjoy owning more than wearing and it will shortly be departing.

The Ombré finally arrived in February, some 101 days after I ordered it, mainly due to my anal insistence on securing #255, to match the other (significance is my birthday, February 55th).

The Lomond panda was a no-brainier for me after a couple were found down the back of the Marloe sofa and I'd always liked a panda.

Then just a couple of weeks ago came the absolute daddy of them all. The Speedmaster was the one I'd lusted after, misting up shop windows long before I even embarked on the past years' spree, and after an exchange of messages and a meeting with Guy, it became mine.

And no sooner had I fulfilled an ambition, I bought the Snoopy Timex, just because.

The watch box arrived yesterday :)

Technically, the other slot will be taken by the Seiko I'm not currently wearing, which means I have a full box plus one on the wrist. But I'd still like to add a splash of red, a GMT complication and a “65” (Oris or CW, although I appreciate all of those criteria could be fulfilled by a C65 Pepsi).

Thanks for reading. One more shot to finish (photography skills need more work)

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Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:07 am
by Thermexman
Great to see the collection and hear the tales behind them.
Particularly loving the Speedy as I too, often leave a greasy forehead mark on AD windows because of this one!

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:10 am
by biggus_richus
Thermexman wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:07 am
Great to see the collection and hear the tales behind them.
Thanks Steve, was slightly worried I'd self-indulgently waffled on too much!

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:11 am
by Thermexman
biggus_richus wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:10 am
Thermexman wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:07 am
Great to see the collection and hear the tales behind them.
Thanks Steve, was slightly worried I'd self-indulgently waffled on too much!
Ha Ha. You haven't seen my SOTC then!

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:35 pm
by Amor Vincit Omnia
biggus_richus, progress report for Watch Collecting, June 2019.

I have been impressed with Richard’s efforts over the course of the year. He has always turned up with a positive and workmanlike attitude, has participated willingly and articulately in discussions, and has developed his horological understanding to a pleasing degree. I have been especially pleased to see the attention to detail and variety in his efforts over the course of the last year; his additions have proved noteworthy and exhibit a very sound understanding of the subject. He has listened to and acted very well upon the advice that he has been given, and so I would not hesitate to recommend as the next step something rather transparent and Lunar orientated. Very well done to him for his efforts this year and I look forward to seeing what he will achieve in the future.

Course work: A- Exam: B++

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:53 pm
by Thermexman
My report reads: Go and stand in the corner.

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:13 pm
by Bahnstormer_vRS
Top notch Rich. An excellent cohesive collection with some fine watches.

Glad I was able to help you out with the Moonwatch.

Hopefully you will continue to make progress this year.

Guy

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Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:36 pm
by StrapMeister
That's a really great and balanced collection :thumbup:
Great to hear the stories as well :D


Note: If you ever decide to move on the Seiko Kinetic (Ventura)... :wink:

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:09 pm
by biggus_richus
Thanks all! 8)
Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:35 pm
...I would not hesitate to recommend as the next step something rather transparent and Lunar orientated.
I very much like the look of the Moonglow. I could well be swayed, but thinking now of operating a strictly one in, one out policy.
StrapMeister wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:36 pm
Note: If you ever decide to move on the Seiko Kinetic (Ventura)... :wink:
I will certainly bear that in mind, but I'll reiterate that it was a gift from my wife and (currently) probably the safest watch in the box!

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:18 pm
by MiniMpi
A nice and varied collection.
Great to have you here Richard.

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:33 am
by downer
Great collection. You seem to be on a journey that is familiar to many of us. Beware! :D

Re: biggus_richus - June 2019 (first anniversary)

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:23 am
by angusbon
Great collection Richard, when I grow up I want to be just like you

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