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    SOTC - August 2019

    After a bit of a Rolex phase, I decided to try other things and have been on a mission to change it up. So, I thought Iíd do a SOTC :)

    I have tried to achieve some variety with different styles, colours and brands. So far, so good. Iím enjoying rotating these four. I think I am at my most comfortable at this sort of range both in terms of the quality:price ratio but also not worrying too much about wearing them day in, day out.

    First up is the one stalwart of the collection, the Omega Speedmaster FOIS:

    9CBA7CE5-436C-467B-8EEB-0D875791BFD2 by Berty234, on Flickr

    I tend to wear this at the weekends as a change up from rotating the other three, and also for family events. It was a 30th birthday gift from parents, so I attach a great sentimental value to it and like to link it to family events. Itís the one watch that I can pick up and attach many nice memories of when it has been worn on big occasions. The straighter lugs and slimmer profile without the crown guards won out for me over the Pro.

    Next up is the Tudor Black Bay 58:

    0E3E7A7E-7A2A-4D62-8F3A-0CCA140B088D by Berty234, on Flickr

    I love this watch. Iíve been through various 41mm Black Bays. They never quite fit right. I flipped a BB58 on leather at the start of the year during my Rolex phase, but I had to bring one back on bracelet. I swim in it, go to the gym in it, wear it formally or casually. Itís so versatile and finally (for me) the right size. Accuracy is bonkers good with these in my experience, <0.5s fast per day on this one.

    Something different next, the Zenith Defy Classic:

    C5E222AF-81C8-4F7F-8F60-1EBB31B7DB95 by Berty234, on Flickr

    I got this from SC in a trade a couple of months ago. The Genta type style is something I have really taken to lately. A Royal Oak might even be my ultimate grail now, in fact, as a result of owning this. The blue dial, irregular shape, titanium case and bracelet provide a genuine change to the rest of the collection. I wear it more than any of the others, most week days. Iím a big fan of Zenith and the finishing on this is right up there.

    My latest addition is the Grand Seiko SBGR055:

    AEDDE705-931D-4313-8898-34B1B17B9790 by Berty234, on Flickr

    Further variety in the white dial, and my first GS. It might be one of their ďbasicĒ three hand 9s automatics, but itís a beauty. I totally get it now. Getting the right fit on the bracelet is not easy, so itís going to live on leather. Iíve paired it with a brown shell cordovan and I think it looks sharp. Iíve been sticking this on in the evenings during the week or when Iím bored of a darker dial.

    No idea where the hobby will take me next, but Iím enjoying it more than ever :)

    E4CB828E-DB47-4675-B38D-464B2F019374 by Berty234, on Flickr
    Last edited by Berty234; 13th August 2019 at 17:38.

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    What a lovely collection you've put together

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    That's a nice quartet you have there with a good bit of variety. Nicely done.

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    Thanks for posting a great collection. I am liking the BB58 more every time I see one pictured. Must get to try one on the wrist some day.

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    Great collection there and I am really glad to hear you are bonding well with the Zenith Defy.

    Best

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    Quote Originally Posted by km9 View Post
    Great collection there and I am really glad to hear you are bonding well with the Zenith Defy.

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    Thanks Mark, very happy with it.

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    Yes, very nice collection indeed- well done that man


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    that GS really pops ....

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    Thatís a very nice collection, the brands may be different but the looks are not dissimilar between yours and my own collection, love the Zenith, speaks to the AP in me!


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    Cracking collection. Some really versatile watches. Thanks for sharing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dandanthewatchman View Post
    that GS really pops ....
    Thanks, Dan. Itís amazing how GSs stand out from the crowd despite often being a simple (albeit well executed) design!

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    Lovely varied collection. Will be interesting to see what you pick up next.

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    That is a nice collection - a little different to the usual selection of modern sport Rolex. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nicely varied and love the Zenith.

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    Love posts like this. Thanks for posting. Love the GS. Iíve got the skeletal Zenith Defy on my wish list. Nearly bought one at Heathrow last year on the way to Brazil for the family holiday. Then realised Iíd be spending it by myself if Iíd purchased:(




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    Quote Originally Posted by RAFF View Post
    Love posts like this. Thanks for posting. Love the GS. Iíve got the skeletal Zenith Defy on my wish list. Nearly bought one at Heathrow last year on the way to Brazil for the family holiday. Then realised Iíd be spending it by myself if Iíd purchased:(




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    Haha, yes I think Iíd have been in the same position! Wife: ďWhatís in that bag?Ē Me: ďerm...Ē.

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    Some great timepieces you have there

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    A cracking collection , the GS is my favourite .

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    What would you guys add as a killer 5th?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berty234 View Post
    What would you guys add as a killer 5th?
    If you like complications then a perpetual calendar or moon phase wouldn't be a bad shout?


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