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    2018 SOTC - on the cusp of completion

    With a bit of spare time over half term I've taken a few photos for a SOTC post. My tastes are fairly mainstream (although :shock: no sport Rolex at present – Exp II currently in for service), and the core of the collection hasn't changed much, but has been refined through the years with new acquisitions.
    It has always been based around my favourite brands of Omega, Rolex and Heuer, and I have managed to try a lot of other watches that I like in pictures, but the ones that stay must feel right on the wrist.

    This time I've grouped the pictures by watch 'type' instead of brand.


    Aviators:

    Omega Dynamic | Smiths 29A | Eterna Kontiki 1856 | Speedbird III GMT | Sinn 104 St Sa

    The Dynamic was the first watch I bought new at an AD in the early 2000s - at a significant discount from RRP. Even though it was a fairly basic model in the contemporary Omega range, it is nicely finished and has a number of little bespoke details (like the italic date disc) that has kept it in favour over a number of other similar pieces I have tried. The 29A is a fantastic re-issue of the military watch and the SBIII-GMT is the watch that I have recommended to friends dipping their toe into the world of mechanical watches. Fantastic quality and with a useful complication and a splash of colour to make it a little more interesting than the regular model.


    Divers:

    SM300 (modern rebuild) | Broadarrow PRS3 | Tudor Snowflake | Precista PRS 17A | Sinn EZM2

    I have never really been a big fan of divers, as my biggest dislike in watches is unnecessary thickness, but I seen to have ended up with a little group of “civilianised” military watches. I’m a fan of the sword hands in the SM300 and the PRS3, and as I will never own a milsub, have tried a few homages – but they never hit the spot. I would definitely prefer the PRS3 or a CWC to a Steinhart. The snowflake is very cool, but I do not wear it often these days as I have become a bit concerned about how much they now seem to be worth. Very pleased with my recent acquisition of the EZM2 – I love the fact that the oil filled case makes it more water / pressure resistant than a sea-dweller, whilst only being 11mm thick. It’s my perfect diving watch.


    Chronographs:

    Heuer Carrera 3647S | Carrera 73353 | Carrera 510.523 | Carrera 1964 re-issue | Monza 150.511 | Monza Cal 36 | Omega Speedmaster 145.012-66 | Seamaster ‘Radial’ 145.016-68 | Speedmaster Schumacher Racing

    Vintage chronographs have bags of character and I was lucky enough to pick up most of these before the market exploded. Somewhat accidently, I seem to have most of the major chronograph movements covered: A couple of manual wind valjoux models (one cam one column wheel), the equivalent Lemania calibres in the omegas (321 and 861) and 4 different solutions for the automatic chronograph with an El Primero, Lemania 5100, Val7750 and the modular movement in the Heuer cal 15. The chrome Monza was my first Heuer and holds a special place in my heart, but the 3647s is my favourite due to the purity of design.


    'Everyday':

    Omega Dynamic | Omega Constellation F300 198.006 | Tudor Day + Date 96214 | Rolex Datejust 16200

    As most divers and aviator themed watches are black, I have a few blue dial watches to act as a counter-point. The F300 is the perfect shade of metallic blue which changes character in different lights and is thankfully free of the deterioration of colour that seemingly affects blues from the period. I have swapped 2 different blue dials through the 16200, but have settled on a naughty swap from a TT model which is a homage to my first Rolex, a 6694. With this mod, I get the warm character from the yellow gold indices and the open 6s and 9s, but with the added convenience of automatic winding, better water resistance and quick set date. I probably wear the 16200 most of all my watches.


    Dress:

    Omega Seamaster | Constellation Pie-Pan | Nomos Tangente Weiss / Grau

    Not often venturing out of the safety deposit box, these are the 3 pieces I wear when dressing more smartly. The seamaster was my first ‘proper’ watch, bought in the early days of ebay for around £75. The Constellation has a fantastic dial and really interesting details to the case. I used to have a black pie-pan dial as well, and this would be top of the list to get back. The tangente is interesting as it was one of the first 100 models produced by nomos in 2001, the white/grey dial harks back to the original lange model and I am surprised it is not used more often in their current dial options as the contrast of the subdial seconds is very nice.

    Hope you enjoyed my ramblings, and if you have read this far, apologies for the dental pun.
    Last edited by carryondentist; 13th February 2018 at 23:21.

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    Very nice collection you have there - lots to choose from. 👍🏼

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    What a fantastic collection and wow, the Heuer’s....

    It’s SOTC’s like this bunch that really does make TZ so interesting and the mix is just so great to see over the over inflated usual Rolex suspects.

    So what really does get the wrist time???

    Great collection, you should be very proud of that bunch and thank you for sharing.

    Enjoy

    Pitch

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    Wow, what a great looking collection.
    Something there for all occasions.

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    As others have said, very nice and varied collection.
    Andy

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    A very nice and wide-ranging collection. Something for every occasion or mood! I'm particularly liking the Omega Dynamic.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Nice collection, thanks for sharing.


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    Great selection you've got there. I particularly like Eddie's watches especially the 29A, the copper dialled Heuer, the Speedie Moonwatch and the Speedie Radial

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    What a great collection, real depth and variety. Love those Heuer chronos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitch3110 View Post
    What a fantastic collection and wow, the Heuer’s....
    Indeed, great watches, every single one of them, but that Heuer Carerra with the Lemania 5100 is a total standout for me.

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    A great looking collection with plenty of variety.

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    Thanks for the comments so far.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pitch3110 View Post

    So what really does get the wrist time
    I keep most of them in a safety deposit box and only have 3-4 out at any one time. Usually a couple of the everyday wear watches and a chrono for the weekend.

    Probably my top 5 most worn are:
    Datejust
    Explorer 2
    Dynamic
    Constellation f300
    Snowflake

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    Great collection and thanks for sharing.

    Love the Sinn 104 in the first picture as well the Heuers.

    Question - when you have so many, do you keep them on a winder or wind them up every now and then or just when you want to wear them?

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    Nice :)
    I like the snowflake and the pie pan. It's a lovely collection.

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    Amazing collection, especially with the chronographs. Thanks for sharing!

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    Thank you, it was a pleasure to read and to look at, especially the chronos.


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    Thanks for sharing, enjoyed reading through them. Nice varied collection with some very nice pieces there, I particularly like the Tudor snowflake and Nomos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carryondentist View Post
    Thanks for the comments so far.




    I keep most of them in a safety deposit box and only have 3-4 out at any one time. Usually a couple of the everyday wear watches and a chrono for the weekend.

    Probably my top 5 most worn are:
    Datejust
    Explorer 2
    Dynamic
    Constellation f300
    Snowflake
    Marvellous choice.

    Pitch

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    Snowflake, copper dial Heuer and pie pan are my top 3 from your collection! Nice one


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    The snowflake is a beaut! Great collection

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    Thanks again for all the comments.


    Quote Originally Posted by bambam View Post
    Great collection and thanks for sharing.

    Love the Sinn 104 in the first picture as well the Heuers.

    Question - when you have so many, do you keep them on a winder or wind them up every now and then or just when you want to wear them?
    Most just stay unwound for a few months at at time when at the bank, but I try to wind them now and again if not worn in the rotation.

    - the 104 may be the next on the way out. The EZM2 is a very similar case and a little more interesting and different to my other watches. I have to say I find the bidirectional countdown bezel more useful than a regular diving bezel though. I wonder if Sinn entertain modifications?

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    Just wow what a collection. I wouldn't want to get rid of any of them. Well done on a very well balanced collection in my view.

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    I'm a Lemania fan but the 3647s is a lovely little thing. Cracking collection.

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    Very nice - a lot of patience has gone into curating a lovely set of watches. I like the ‘theme within a theme’ Heuer chronos too. Keep up the good work!

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    Very nice collection

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    How the hell do you decide what to wear in the morning??..... great collection 👍

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    As an addendum of my post, here is a pictures of my wife's collection:



    I attempted to get her interested in watches over 10 years ago, when I was in a vintage omega phase. Whilst they are minature mechanical marvels - particularly the tiny ladymatic - she always preferred to wear the tissot for the reliability and precision of quartz.

    The Reverso is the ideal compromise between everyday usability and a touch of haute horology (helped by the lack of running seconds imo) and gets 95% of the wear time. The only downside of this, I sold my Reverso duo as it looked a bit like a his and hers matching set and thats never a good look.

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    Lovely collection, and plenty I'd happily take off your hands. I'll start with the Snowflake, thank you

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    Touché Tony.. there are a number of desirable watches in your collection. Maybe a loan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carryondentist View Post
    Touché Tony.. there are a number of desirable watches in your collection. Maybe a loan?
    There's a thought :)

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