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    Master Onelasttime's Avatar
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    A long time coming SOTC

    I don't think I've ever done a SOTC on this forum, but I'm such a champion flipper I'd never seen the point – I'd be doing a new one every month.

    Nothing has changed in that respect but I've had a few ins and outs recently and feel 'stable' (oh how we laughed all the way to the burns unit) for the time being.

    I tried to take a collective picture of them in the watch boxes, but my camera skills aren't up to it so I'll present it as a series of wrist shots.


    Explorer II 16570

    My first Rolex, bought in 2014, and I was distinctly underwhelmed when it arrived. I thought the finish was agricultural, the dial was nothing special, and the bracelet was no better than many micro-brand bracelets. Obviously after wearing it for a few weeks this view changed considerably and it's now a firm favourite.

    Submariner 14060m

    I'm not a fan of modern six-digit Rolex, and I wasn't a fan of the Submariner until I started seeing pics of the 14060 two-liner. It just seemed so beautifully uncluttered and perfect in its simplicity that I knew it was the only Sub for me – vintage looks with modern usability.

    Explorer 14270

    Another classic I wanted to own for a long time. Initially I was worried about the 36mm size but it definitely doesn't feel small. It's the Goldilocks watch.


    Omega AT 2504.80

    A recent acquisition, and having previously owned a 39mm Railmaster I decided 36mm was the way to go. This is the older 2500 Co-Axial so the case maintains a svelte figure. I'm still waiting for the extra half-link I have on order to hopefully make the bracelet fit properly.

    Stowa Partitio

    Just a lovely little take on a old design. Purists would say it needs to be handwind, but auto works for me. This can either look dressy on leather or military on a canvas strap. It's probably neither of those things, but I like it.

    Tutima Military Chronograph NATO

    Another German, this time with a bit more going on. The Tutima Military Chronograph NATO is the civvie version of the Lemania 5100 powered chrono supplied to NATO forces. This one has an interesting history in that it was presented to a Nottingham miner for service down the pits. He carried on wearing it down the pit until he retired and the watch eventually stopped working. It was left in a drawer until the miner's son sent it to Tutima for a full overhaul before selling it to me.

    Doxa SUB 300 50th Anniversary

    All the original style of the first Doxa SUB released in 1967, with modern updates – box sapphire, COSC ETA 2824 movement and solid links beads of rice bracelet. I've had a couple of Doxas but they were always too big so got flipped. This is just about right and after umming and aaring about the colour, I decided I had to go for the Doxa orange.

    Glycine Airman No. 1

    I've had a fair few Glycine pass through my hands and all of them have been excellent quality, and have only ever been flipped for economic reasons or my proportional tastes changing, e.g. I had an Airman SST06 years ago, which I loved until I finally admitted it was too big for my scrawny wrist. This is my second Airman No. 1, but every time I put it on I remember why I should keep it.

    Fortis Spacematic Pilot Professional

    I've been a fan of Fortis for years and owned numerous Fortis Fliegers but settled on the Spacematic as my Fortis of choice. It was sad to hear that the brand was struggling last year but, as with Glycine, they are quite niche and rely on enthusiasts to keep them going. Let's hope Invicta doesn't get involved.

    Squale 1521 50 Atmos

    Another one bought, sold and bought again. Just a great case design, and this version from the first batch of the NOS releases in the mid 2000s is the best IMO.

    Junghans Meister Telemeter Chronoscope

    When I got this home my wife actually commented, saying she liked it because it was the kind of watch her grandad would have worn. That'll do for me. Powered by an ETA 2892 with a Dubois Depraz 2030 chronograph module.

    And has a fantastically comfortable bracelet

    Mk II Key West GMT

    Mk II's have come and gone but this has been my favourite so I'm sticking with it for now.

    It all functions beautifully and looks amazing but I wouldn't want to wait for a new project from Bill Yao. His modus operandi appears to be, make the customer pay a deposit and then wait for X number of years until they wished they'd had some teeth pulled instead. Fine end product though.

    CWC RN Diver quartz

    The third one I've owned, but the first polished case version. I actually think I prefer it over the matte cases.



    The classic and nothing else to say


    Another Seiko classic. This one came to me with domed sapphire, new bezel insert and glass case back, but all original parts included. Nice as the new bits were, I got it put back to original 1980s spec.


    A beautiful quartz chrono. Fully servicable, accurate, and looks cool. I've tried to find a vintage Seiko bracelet for this with little success so if anyone has one spare …

    UFO Recraft

    I couldn't resist this recreation of Seikos 'UFO's from the 70s.

    SPB077 'Mini MarineMaster'

    Bought recently as I wanted to scratch the MM300 itch, and I've become smitten with it. I was expecting it to be far too big and heavy, and was prepared for a quick flip. But it's actually near perfect. I wore it three days in a row and keep marvelling at how well-executed it is. With MM300 prices well and truly up there now, I'm satisfied with its baby brother.

    Seiko 5 SNXS73

    60 and a little belter.


    Poljot Okeah

    This is one of the many 'limited edition' Okeah (Ocean) reissues. The 3133 movement seems to be increasingly rare and expensive, so Russian watches with these chronos fitted are no longer cheap as chips, more's the pity.

    The Vostok 710s 'ministry case'

    Anyone who doesn't appreciate the Amphibia as a piece of important horological history needs to have a word with themselves. Of all the Amphibias I've tried, the 710 case wins every time for me.

    Vostok Komandirskie 1965

    I took this in part trade and love the no frills aesthetic.


    Newmark 6BB

    A faithful recreation of a British military-issued chrono. I haven't worn this as much as I expected but I like it so it's staying for the foreseeable.

    Divex Professional 200

    Looks badass, keeps good time, can survive prolonged exposure to seawater, and costs next to nothing. I put it on a Hirsch Pure rubber I've had for years, which costs more than the watch.

    Citizen NY0040-17L

    A rival to the SKX007 for my affections. The Citizen keeps better time and hand-winds, but still doesn't hack. The sunburst blue dial gives it a bit of glam over the SKX. I bought an aftermarket bracelet but am currently wearing it on a Hadley Roma Cordura.

    Many others have come and gone and some I regret flipping, such as the 1968 Omega SM300 and Tudor Back Bay ETA, but they went for a good cause.

    Stupid bloody hobby
    Last edited by Onelasttime; 10th July 2019 at 23:01.

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    Gosh, a lot of watches! Nice collection OP - I like the Airman in that collection.

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    A lot of the folks will wet their pants for the top 3.
    I just really like the squale, the tutima (wish I never sold mine) and the MKII

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    Pick of the bunch is that Junghans for me. It looks the nuts! Nice collection you have there.

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    Lovely collection.
    Give me an NY0040 over an SKX007 any day.

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    Fantastic collection - particularly like the Poljot and the SPB077 (the release of which somehow passed me by).

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    Apprentice Ascalon's Avatar
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    Lots of gems there, but the Airman and the Seiko Speedmasters are gorgeous!

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    very impressive IAJ. Personally I would like to nick two of your rolex. You can keep the exp ii as I have that one already
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    Interesting story behind the Tutima. It's a model that seemed to be much more common when I first joined, but don't see them too often now.

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    Nice collection. While I appreciate the more expensive watches it's the squale and airman I really like. Probably because I would like to have my own one day.

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    I've got used to seeing your collection over the years but all in one thread reminds me of how good it really is.


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    Very nice collection. I like how you categorise them into distinct groups, somewhat akin to a taxonomy.

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    Like Scooter I've got used to seeing your collection and posts on another forum, in fact seeing your old PRS-18 made me decide to get one. Great collection love the Stowa and the 14270

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    Super collection.Also fan of the Divex .

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    Journeyman Halitosis's Avatar
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    A fantastic collection - must be a difficult job deciding what to wear each morning. Do they all get similar wrist-time?

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    I really fancy adding an Orange Doxa Sub to my collection, I think they look cool, specially on the BOR Bracelet.

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    Incredible collection

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    Very interesting collection, a lot of overlap between us. I'm most intrigued with this comment, however:

    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    My first Rolex, bought in 2014, and I was distinctly underwhelmed when it arrived. I thought the finish was agricultural, the dial was nothing special, and the bracelet was no better than many micro-brand bracelets. Obviously after wearing it for a few weeks this view changed considerably and it's now a firm favourite.
    What changed your mind about it?

    A couple of years ago, I inherited a small amount and decided to put it towards a flagship for the collection. I tried on 4 different Rolex - including two examples of the "Polar" Explorer - and came to same initial conclusion as you, especially regarding the rattly bracelet. In the end I went for a Speedy Pro, and am still sure that was the right choice. But I've not seen anyone else express the same concerns as I have with Rolex on here (for fear of being shouted down, I suspect) until I saw your comment. How were you persuaded?

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    Master Tetlee's Avatar
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    Most bases covered there. I do like the Tutima, Stowa and of course the RN Diver(I'd like to try the polished case version at some point, maybe an '83 some day).

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    Master Onelasttime's Avatar
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    Thanks for all the kind comments ladies and gents. That first 40th birthday treat to myself 7 yeas ago has spawned a monster. It's been fun though.

    Quote Originally Posted by HenPecked View Post

    What changed your mind about it?
    What I realised was that the bracelet was actually the most comfortable bracelet I'd ever worn. It was simple to adjust with the lovely big Rolex screws, it was easy to get a perfect fit, and has never needed any other attention to it. It's just better made than most other bracelets.

    The case finishing I realised was perfect in that I never have to worry about it. Any marks will brush out and the sides can be polished with Cape Cod. Easy.

    The lume is lovely and bright, even after 18 years.

    The main reason I fell for it was the movement - it's always been +1-2 secs per day, setting it makes you appreciate the quality, with no slack or sloppy play while winding or adjusting.

    It's the complete tool watch and more than the sum of its parts.

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