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Thread: The Annual Friday Watch Awards Ceremony 2022

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    The Annual Friday Watch Awards Ceremony 2022

    Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening and welcome to the second annual TZ-UKFWT awards ceremony. A chance to review the highs (yes we had some) and lows (oh what lows they were, a particular one in Poole springs to mind) of Friday watch wearing during 2021. The hard working events team have been plotting and planning another entertaining evening of watch related frivolity. However they have fallen at the first hurdle as, yet again, we have been denied access to the Dorchester's ballroom. Apparently us kind and gentle watch enthusiasts have been given a bad name after the crazy hedonists over at The Watch Forum trashed the joint during their annual Bacchanalia back in October. So we find ourselves banished to another virtual event. Despite this little set back I am sure you will enjoy yourselves. Before I go any further I would like to thank you for making the effort to dress up for the occasion, although it seems that, in these days of Zoom and Teams, dressing up means a decent shirt and, if you can be bothered, pyjama bottoms. I am also glad to see that those of you who, last year, wore nothing but a black tie have learnt from their misunderstanding.

    I hope that you'll agree that tonight's Swag Bag, courtesy of that magnificent emporium Sales Corner, is really quite special. This year it comes in the form of a hand crafted, full grain leatherette tactical man bag. Lifting the flap you will find it has been lined in a striped, 100% cotton jersey fabric. If you find your bag has a fetching navy and purple striped lining you may notice the freshly laundered smell. Be thankful for that small mercy. Within the swag bag you will find an assortment of treasures. A Cadbury's mini roll to keep the hunger at bay, a vintage copy of either Classic Car Weekly or Scootering and a lifetime's supply of shaving soap. In keeping with the personal grooming theme there is a sample bottle of Gentleman's fragrance. However, due to supply chain problems, there wasn't enough to go around so we have made up the numbers with malt whisky. A word of warning, during the process of decanting both liquids the labelling of the sample bottles became confused so we advise you to "sniff before you swig" to avoid any unpleasant surprises. The piéce de resistance of this year's swag bag is your very own "cherished" number plate which has been hand picked for each member by our esteemed landlord Eddie. I am sure whatever it spells out does not necessarily reflect what he thinks of you. Once gain, at the bottom of the bag you will find a small envelope, not, as you may think for bribing the judging panel for the prestigious Watch of The Year (that can only be done with the watches themselves) but for giving to the fundraiser. If you have enjoyed this evening please give generously to the New Fundraiser.

    Flushed with the success of last years entertainment the events team have pulled a few strings and scraped a couple of barrels to provide an exceptional line up yet again. As guest speakers we have a very famous double act who, over the last two years, have frequently hit the headlines and barely been off of our TV screens. No not Ant and Dec (they probably heard that sigh of relief up in Newcastle) it is that other well known double act and Knights of the Order of the Bath; Sir Christopher Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance. As well as regaling you with tales of their early lives and how they reached stardom they will amaze you with their "Double Straight Man" routine which is, understandably, unique in the Comedy world.

    After their rousing performance last year we politely asked the Bear Pit Regulars to return to provide the musical interlude but after their rude response, which can not be repeated on this part of the forum, our talent scout hunted around the quieter parts of the forum and discovered that we had our very own covers band (who knew?). Please welcome to the stage The Forum Police. They will play a few especially adapted tracks such as: Secret Journey (to buy a watch); I can't stand losing you (so I'll buy you back for far more than I sold you) and Driven to Tears (by my AD). Especially for the Omega fans here tonight they will also perform Omegaman and Walking on the Moon.

    Right, enough fun and games, let us get down to the serious matter of this years numbers. Last year was a rare one as there were 53 Fridays (I am led to believe that has a probability of 0.177 ) which I am sure is very portentous. Over those 53 Fridays we wore 7965 watches which is 433 fewer than last year despite the extra day. This works out at approximately 150.3 watches per week. The highest weekly total was counted on the 18th of March when 198 watches were worn (higher than last year's total). The lowest scoring week was the 1st of October with only 111 (six more than last years lowest).

    January was our highest scoring month with a total of 821 watches, the lowest month was September with a miserly 521 which is 63 fewer than last year's minimum. However these figures are skewed by the number of Fridays in each month so looking at the weekly averages per month helps comparisons. March had the highest weekly average of 184.25 which is ten higher than last year's highest. September had the lowest of 130.25 which was a new low by 16.

    Despite the low numbers we continued to inch our way to the mythical 400 brands in a year as we exceeded last years 382 by five. Astonishingly we achieved this buy not wearing 123 brands which we wore last year. If my maths is correct (and it very nearly wasn't) we added 128 new brands. Over the last two years we have worn 510 different brands of watches.

    This leads me to the sad part of the show where we sit back and remember the brands that are no longer with us. Well, more accurately, those that weren't worn in 2021. This included the old guard such as Accurist and Elgin, the high end, F P Journe and those that were taken before their time like Axiom and Kennett.

    After that beautiful, compassionate moment we can push on to the awards themselves. There was much disappointment at last year's lack of glamorous celebrities to assist with the presentation so this year the events team have gone to great expense to bring in the ever delightful Samantha and the rippling Sven, stars of that renowned antidote to panel games, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

    Believe it or not this is the first time these two have met despite their long involvement with the aforementioned show. Much to their surprise they found that they had a lot in common. Particularly that they share a great love for that most noble of games, Chess. During a break in rehearsals, they sat down in the green room to see who was the better tactician. However you can imagine the embarrassment of our poor intern when he burst in to find Sven manoeuvring his bad Bishop to block Samantha's English Opening. For those of you that were wondering, I can confirm that they were using a vintage Garde chess clock.

    Anyway, to the awards and first up are the big scorers.

    The most watches from one brand shown in a week goes to - Seiko with 31 worn back on the 23rd of April.

    The most watches from one brand shown in a month goes to - Rolex with 110 examples worn further back in March.

    The most watches worn through out the year - yes Rolex again with a total of 1,109 posted last year. In second place comes Seiko with 870. Omega trails in in third place with 757. Timefactors comes in fourth place with a respectable 449 ahead of Tudor with 348. Both of these top scorers managed to increase their annual total, unlike the other three.

    This year's Night Owl/Early Bird award (which goes to the brand which started the most number of Friday threads) is awarded to, yet again, Rolex who started a total of thirteen threads, pipping their nearest competitor Panerai by two.

    I have created two more awards this year. The Best Newcomer and the Bonkers watch awards.

    The Best Newcomer is exactly that, the most popular brand which debuted this year.This year's Best Newcomer is.... KMK with an impressive 50 appearances (shooting them up to 26th in the leader board). But who are they you may ask? Well this is a story of one man, with a very particular set of skills, standing up against the forces of mass produced watches to heroically forge his own way (I might be over dramatising this but hey, if Holywood can do it so can I). He has put his skills to good use and assembled a number of watches to suit his own tastes. He quietly wore these watches on Fridays (and probably on other days too) for nearly the whole of 2021 (there were only three Fridays when he wore something else and one when he didn't post). Many congratulations to the man behind this true one man brand, Greasemonkey.

    Next we come to the Bonkers Watch, which is also just as it says. The award goes to the most outrageous or Bonkers watch worn on a Friday. There are two in the shortlist for this inaugural presentation: RAJEN's H20 Deep Diver which is rated to 25km and Mr Tetley's piece of achingly cool Japanese futurism, his Tokyoflash Kisai Keisan. As bonkers as a 25km depth rating is, it is not quite as bonkers as a watch that makes it really difficult to tell the time, the one thing a watch is supposed to do. Mr Tetley's Tokyoflash Kisai is this years Bonkers watch.

    And now to the award that you all may have been eagerly waiting for, the coveted Watch Counter's Watch of the Year. Again it was a difficult decision, made harder by the number of Dornblueths worn (ten, up from last year's eight). I have a suspicion that last year's winner, paw3001, was trying to make it two in a row when he wore his 99.4 however the appliqué numerals let him down. Stiff competition was put up by Toshi with his Favre Leuba Deep Blue and ben4watches with his vintage Seiko weekdater. In the end it boiled down to a choice between the substance of TopCat's MIH Annual Calendar and the style of kamakazie!'s 6b MkIII Scramble. Perhaps proving that I am not a fully fledged WIS I went with the latter. As much as I am impressed (and it is a lot) by the technical masterpiece that is the MIH it is the elegant simplicity of the MkIII that really grabs me. I feel what Carl at 6B (also known as Gasgasbones) achieved with the design of the watch is a superb example of form through function. Through the design evolution of his military chronographs from MkI to MKIII he succeeded in distilling the essential elements of a watch (removing numerals, reducing branding) to the bare minimum while still producing a watch that is still obviously a military watch. However it isn't entirely a victory of style over substance as the watch is powered by a Valjoux 7750 which has quite a history behind it. So congratulations to kamakazie!, Carl and the MkIII.

    One last thing before I go. I would like to give you guys the opportunity to contribute to the count. For last year's bit on the side I recorded the styles of watches we like to wear on a Friday (more of that in a later post). This year you have the opportunity to chose the bit on the side. Would you like to find what which dial colours we prefer or our which are our favoured complications? Please answer in the Poll above (and, please, no sarky WatchMcWatchface answers. Oh alright, go on then).

    Well, after all of that I am in need of a stiff drink and a sit down. The annual totals are below but I will post some graphs once I have recovered from the official after party.
    Last edited by Wimm; 21st January 2022 at 22:21.

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    Oh and, before I forget, here are all of the results:

    1 Rolex 1109
    2 Seiko 870
    3 Omega 757
    4 Timefactors 449
    5 Tudor 348
    6 Panerai 304
    7 Grand Seiko 211
    8 Sinn 204
    9 Breitling 177
    10 G Shock 152
    11 CWC 130
    12 IWC 130
    13 Damasko 124
    14 Zenith 118
    15 Heuer 86
    16 Citizen 81
    17 Hamilton 67
    18 Blancpain 58
    19 Patek Philippe 58
    20 Jaeger-LeCoultre 57
    21 Oris 56
    22 Ming 55
    23 Steinhart 54
    24 Bell & Ross 52
    25 Squale 52
    26 KMK 50
    27 Christopher Ward 49
    28 Longines 46
    29 Tag Heuer 44
    30 Tissot 43
    31 Vacheron Constantin 43
    32 Doxa (modern) 41
    33 Fortis 41
    34 Bulova 39
    35 Garmin 38
    36 Audemars Piguet 37
    37 Bremont 36
    38 Vostok 35
    39 Newmark (Modern) 33
    40 Sterile 31
    41 Casio 29
    42 Certina 29
    43 Orient 29
    44 Linde Werdelin 28
    45 Moser 26
    46 Timex 25
    47 Cartier 23
    48 Glaschutte Original 23
    49 Oceanx 22
    50 Scurfa 22
    51 Steeldive 22
    52 Universal Geneve 21
    53 Nomos 20
    54 Apple 19
    55 Helson 19
    56 Dekla 17
    57 Eterna 17
    58 Glycine 17
    59 Lorier 17
    60 Muhle 17
    61 Ollech & Wajs 15
    62 Wolbrook 15
    63 Yema 15
    64 Anonimo 14
    65 Breguet 14
    66 Ebel 14
    67 Junghans 14
    68 Pulsar 14
    69 Rado 14
    70 Anordain 13
    71 Hanhart 13
    72 Lemania 13
    73 Schofield 13
    74 Stowa 13
    75 Synchron 13
    76 WMT 13
    77 Alexander Shorokhoff 12
    78 Corum 12
    79 Mappin and Webb 12
    80 Cyma 11
    81 Helvetia 11
    82 Seestern 11
    83 Ulysse Nardin 11
    84 Zeno 11
    85 Archimede 10
    86 Dornbluth & Sohn 10
    87 Enicar 10
    88 Girard Perigeaux 10
    89 Helm 10
    90 Ingersoll 10
    91 Zelos 10
    92 Ball 9
    93 Farer 9
    94 Luminox 9
    95 Mido 9
    96 Poljot 9
    97 Serica 9
    98 Suunto 9
    99 Tutima 9
    100 Zodiac 9
    101 Dan Henry 8
    102 Frederique Constant 8
    103 Habring 8
    104 L U Chopard 8
    105 MkII 8
    106 Mondaine 8
    107 Movado 8
    108 San Martin 8
    109 Smiths 8
    110 Victorinox 8
    111 A. Lange & Sohne 7
    112 Aevig 7
    113 Aquastar 7
    114 Boldr 7
    115 Borealis 7
    116 Rotary 7
    117 Spinnaker 7
    118 Undone 7
    119 Favre Leuba 6
    120 Franck Muller 6
    121 L L Bean 6
    122 MWC 6
    123 Swatch 6
    124 6B 5
    125 Baume et Mercier 5
    126 Boschett 5
    127 Chronoswiss 5
    128 Dunhill 5
    129 Eberhard 5
    130 Geckota 5
    131 Halios 5
    132 Jean Marcel 5
    133 Le Monde 5
    134 Marathon 5
    135 Maurice La Croix 5
    136 Meister Singer 5
    137 Nodus 5
    138 Revue Thommen 5
    139 Unidentifiable 5
    140 Alpina 4
    141 Anicorn 4
    142 Armida 4
    143 Artya 4
    144 Crepas 4
    145 De Bethune 4
    146 Edox 4
    147 Fit Bit 4
    148 Heimdallr 4
    149 Helgray 4
    150 NTH 4
    151 Offshore Professional 4
    152 Pinion 4
    153 Siduna 4
    154 Signum 4
    155 Swiss Watch Co. 4
    156 Traser 4
    157 Vertex (Modern) 4
    158 40Nine 3
    159 A-13A 3
    160 Aerowatch 3
    161 Aquadive 3
    162 Autodromo 3
    163 Baltic 3
    164 Brellum 3
    165 Briston 3
    166 Bulgari 3
    167 Carvel 3
    168 Chronos 3
    169 Cortebert 3
    170 Dacor 3
    171 Darwil 3
    172 Davosa 3
    173 GWS 3
    174 H2O 3
    175 Hamtun 3
    176 Hoffman 3
    177 Incipio 3
    178 Invicta 3
    179 J W Benson 3
    180 Jean Richard 3
    181 Kurono Tokyo 3
    182 Laco 3
    183 Lip 3
    184 Maranez 3
    185 Melbourne Watch Co. 3
    186 Minase 3
    187 Molnija 3
    188 Monta 3
    189 Nivada 3
    190 Obris Morgan 3
    191 Peerex 3
    192 Pobeda 3
    193 Precista 3
    194 RLT 3
    195 Sekonda 3
    196 Unimatic 3
    197 Vario 3
    198 Vulcain 3
    199 Altair 2
    200 Ancre 2
    201 Android 2
    202 Animal 2
    203 Apeks 2
    204 Avia 2
    205 Bailly & Banks 2
    206 Benarus 2
    207 Bernhardt 2
    208 Bertucci 2
    209 Breil 2
    210 Cronos 2
    211 Dailos 2
    212 Evant 2
    213 Gevril 2
    214 Ginault 2
    215 Glaschutte 2
    216 Gruppo Gamma 2
    217 Helbros 2
    218 Huawei 2
    219 Hublot 2
    220 Iaxa 2
    221 Jacques Le Mans 2
    222 Kemmner 2
    223 Lanco 2
    224 Luch 2
    225 Makara 2
    226 Marloe 2
    227 MMI 2
    228 Montblanc 2
    229 Mr. Jones 2
    230 Nautica 2
    231 Nixon 2
    232 Olma 2
    233 Omologato 2
    234 Oscar 2
    235 Parnis 2
    236 Paul Smith 2
    237 Phenix 2
    238 Philip Watch 2
    239 Porsche Design 2
    240 Q & Q 2
    241 Quinting 2
    242 Raymond Weil 2
    243 Record 2
    244 Ricoh 2
    245 Roamer 2
    246 Rodania 2
    247 SarpanevaUhrenFabrik 2
    248 Scubapro 2
    249 SevenFriday 2
    250 Shanghai 2
    251 Skmei 2
    252 Stanley 2
    253 Sturmanskie 2
    254 Sugess 2
    255 Tactical Frog 2
    256 Tauchmeister 2
    257 Titoni 2
    258 Tokyoflash 2
    259 Traska 2
    260 Trias 2
    261 Verdal 2
    262 Wyler 2
    263 Xeric 2
    264 Addiesdive 1
    265 Alba 1
    266 Alkin 1
    267 Alsta 1
    268 Altanus 1
    269 Amazfit 1
    270 Ancon 1
    271 Aristo 1
    272 Armand Nicolet 1
    273 Astro 1
    274 Audaz 1
    275 Axes 1
    276 Bali Ha'i 1
    277 Baltany 1
    278 Bangalore Watch Co. 1
    279 Batavi 1
    280 Baylor 1
    281 Benrus 1
    282 Benzinger 1
    283 BND 1
    284 Boccia 1
    285 Bombero 1
    286 Buler 1
    287 Bund 1
    288 Caravelle 1
    289 Cathode Corner 1
    290 ChromeFD 1
    291 Chrono 1
    292 CJR 1
    293 Columbia 1
    294 Damas 1
    295 Debert 1
    296 Delvina 1
    297 Detroit Watch Co. 1
    298 Dietrich 1
    299 Diving 1
    300 Dubey and Schaldenbrand 1
    301 Duckworth Prestex 1
    302 Dufa 1
    303 Dugena 1
    304 Echo Neutra 1
    305 Elliot Brown 1
    306 Emperor 1
    307 Enzo Mechana 1
    308 Flotsam & Jetsam 1
    309 Fosters Ltd. 1
    310 Furlan Marri 1
    311 Geralch 1
    312 Graovana 1
    313 Helva 1
    314 Hemel 1
    315 Hermes 1
    316 Huami 1
    317 Ikepod 1
    318 Jenny 1
    319 Kentex 1
    320 Kingston Observatory 1
    321 Konstantin Chaykin 1
    322 Larsson & Jennings 1
    323 Le Forban 1
    324 Le Jour 1
    325 Leandri 1
    326 M B & F 1
    327 Majex 1
    328 Marc & Sons 1
    329 Margrette 1
    330 Marina Militare 1
    331 Marvin 1
    332 Memocall 1
    333 Merci 1
    334 Migma 1
    335 MIH 1
    336 Milus 1
    337 Mirexal 1
    338 Moritz Grossmann 1
    339 Moscow Time 1
    340 Nappy 1
    341 Nethuns 1
    342 Neuchatel 1
    343 Nibosi 1
    344 Nordgreen 1
    345 Out of Order 1
    346 Pagani Design 1
    347 Panzera 1
    348 Parmigiani 1
    349 Pellikaan Timing 1
    350 Pontus 1
    351 Pryngeps 1
    352 Rdunae 1
    353 Reign 1
    354 Revue 1
    355 RJ 1
    356 RXW 1
    357 Safari 1
    358 Saga 1
    359 San Marco 1
    360 Seaholm 1
    361 Seahope 1
    362 Seasonal 1
    363 Services 1
    364 Shirryu 1
    365 Soundbrenner 1
    366 Staudt 1
    367 Stocker and Yale 1
    368 Strela 1
    369 Swiss Military Hanowa 1
    370 Szanto 1
    371 Tactico 1
    372 Talis 1
    373 Techne 1
    374 Technos 1
    375 Tiger 1
    376 Torgeon 1
    377 Tornek-Rayville 1
    378 Tourby 1
    379 Tribus 1
    380 U-Boat 1
    381 Uno 1
    382 Valimor 1
    383 Ventura 1
    384 Vratislavia 1
    385 West End Watch Co 1
    386 Wild Horologists & Team 1
    387 Wm Forbes 1
    388 Zlatous 1

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    Bravo Sir
    Well done to all the winners.

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    Well done Wimm

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    Well done Wimm and to all the winners


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    Thanks for this Will.

    Interesting overview!.
    When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks long into you.........

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    It’s a BLOODY FIX, I’ll tell ya!

    Everyone knows applied Arabic’s make a watch super cool…I have been robbed! Someone please call the police

    Wimm, seriously you are a Star, a Gentleman and the Watch Counter Supreme. I have thoroughly enjoyed your work throughout the year and these end of year reviews are the highlight (win or lose). So thank you and I’ll be dropping £20 into the fundraiser as a small token of my appreciation.

    Thank you
    Paw3001

    PS I’ll be back on top in 2022!!!!!

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    Brilliant and thank you for taking the time to do this each month! Also, I never thought a watch I purchased in 2009 and have probably worn once (that particular Friday) in a decade would receive such a prestigious award. I’m sure my yet unborn grandchildren will take great delight in sharing this part of the watches history. Perhaps it’s Bonkers provenance will one day be spoken about on the Antiques Roadshow or the like. It’s very fitting since you never actually own a TokyoFlash. You merely look after it for the next generation.

    Here’s a pic of said watch. Time is showing 9.53pm. ( I had to wait for 5 seconds to see this displayed!)



    Edit: I’ll also be putting something into the fundraiser as a thank you to Will and his hard work.
    Last edited by Mr Tetley; 21st January 2022 at 23:32.

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    Magnificent Wimm. Thank you and congratulations to the winners?!!?

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    That wash a shplendid shelebrashun and I wish to exshtend my shinsheer thanksh to our eshteemed marshter of sheremoneesh who hoshted it with a plumb.

    I confesh that I may have mineshwept the tablesh for parshal bottlesh to drown my shorrowsh at the Kishai Keishan being sho mush more bonkersh than shad old Nixshie. I shall conshole myshelf that I have the disherning tashte to poshesh a Shcramble.

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    Thanks Will, that brightened up a dreary Friday evening.

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    LOL, fantastic. Thank you for all the hard work!

    As a matter of interest, do you have a full list of the 123 brands not worn this year? I'd be curious to see it.

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    Bravo Will!

    To my fellow forum members:
    Will's deligence in compiling his Weekly Reports are all the more remarkable given his aversion to using a spreadsheet for his work. This came to light after a chance encounter with him revealed an astonishing collection of used napkins, crumpled cigarette packets and Post It notes upon which he records the weekly count before resorting to handwritten lists of each manufacturers count.

    Truly a Herculean effort and most worthy of us showing appreciation by way of a fundraiser contribution.

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    This is excellent, great read! Bravo and thanks Wimm

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    A superb piece of prose, very enjoyable and a great accompaniment to my tea and toast this morning.

    However it does raise a question about ones taste in watches when you see in black and white (or whatever colour scheme your smart phone has enabled) that you were the only one wearing the classic Majex brand throughout the year. I think the great unwashed of TZ-UK need to be educated!

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    Many thanks for all your hard work on this. I admire your patience and perseverance- and I always enjoy the results.

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    Splendid work. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Bravo!

    I'm a bit concerned that, following Mr C's effusive contribution, I'm dwelling a little too much upon Wimm's plums but worse things have happened.
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    M, R and C-B, love your work.

    Wimm, your stats are fascinating and probably quite useful to anyone thinking of buying the forum. Let us hope that day never comes and EP continues to rule in perpetuity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    Bravo!

    I'm a bit concerned that, following Mr C's effusive contribution, I'm dwelling a little too much upon Wimm's plums but worse things have happened.
    I'm sure I was thinking plumb in my addled state, which after reading ralphy's comment might actually be true. Why is everyone being so loud today?

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    Great work as always, thanks!


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    Great stuff. Enjoyable read. Thanks Will.

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    Great stuff as always Wimm and happy to see you like the 6B as much as I do. Definitely my favourite of GGBs output to date and I totally agree about the simplicity being one of its main attractions along with the brushed, domed bezel.

    Lucky to have picked it up from another member here after missing out on the original run.

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    Super effort Will. I appreciate your diligence and work put in to compile all the statistics. The after award ceremony party must have been phabulous! Say hello to Samantha.
    "Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so”. HHGTTG

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    Thank you very much for your hard work on collecting and presenting these statistics. We all appreciate it!


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    Thank you all for your kind words, I am glad that you enjoyed it.

    I hope the hangovers have subsided.

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    Thanks Will, that brightened up a dreary Friday evening.
    I hope that you noticed that your underpants had a walk on part.

    Quote Originally Posted by ralphy View Post
    Bravo Will!

    To my fellow forum members:
    Will's deligence in compiling his Weekly Reports are all the more remarkable given his aversion to using a spreadsheet for his work. This came to light after a chance encounter with him revealed an astonishing collection of used napkins, crumpled cigarette packets and Post It notes upon which he records the weekly count before resorting to handwritten lists of each manufacturers count.

    Truly a Herculean effort and most worthy of us showing appreciation by way of a fundraiser contribution.

    R
    Thanks. You've blown the thin veneer of orderly competence that I have worked so hard to establish. I owe a lot to my long suffering clerk who translates my scribblings and writes them up in a hide bound ledger.

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    It’s a BLOODY FIX, I’ll tell ya!


    PS I’ll be back on top in 2022!!!!!
    I look forward to seeing what you have.

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    LOL, fantastic. Thank you for all the hard work!

    As a matter of interest, do you have a full list of the 123 brands not worn this year? I'd be curious to see it.
    In memoriam:

    1 About Vintage
    2 Accurist
    3 Aision
    4 Altus
    5 Aquatico
    6 Astroavia
    7 Atlantic
    8 Axiom
    9 Bentima
    10 Braun
    11 Brook and son
    12 Buren
    13 Cadisen
    14 Cardinet
    15 Choisi
    16 Chopard
    17 Chronomat
    18 Coresa
    19 Corgeut
    20 Creation
    21 Cuervo Y Sobrinos
    22 Dagaz
    23 Deep Blue
    24 Dennison
    25 Didun Design
    26 Dievas
    27 Disney
    28 Divex
    29 Douglas
    30 Doxa (Vintage)
    31 Draken
    32 Durex
    33 E M G
    34 Egard
    35 Elgin
    36 Enoksen
    37 F. P. Journe
    38 Fred
    39 Gallet
    40 H Kauffmann
    41 Haldor
    42 Herma
    43 Hima
    44 Hugo Boss
    45 Ianos
    46 Ironelk
    47 J. Kinstley
    48 Jamaica Time
    49 Jaquet-Droz
    50 Jean Paul Gaultier
    51 Kander
    52 Kennet
    53 Kenzo
    54 Keora
    55 Lanna
    56 Leonidas
    57 Lew and Huey
    58 Limit
    59 Lorenz
    60 Lorus
    61 Lum-Tec
    62 Luxor
    63 Maen
    64 Majestyk
    65 Mauboussin
    66 Meccaniche Veneziane
    67 Mercer
    68 MOD
    69 Moeris
    70 Newgate
    71 Newmark (Vintage)
    72 Nivrel
    73 Nove
    74 Novus
    75 Oak and Oscar
    76 Ocean7
    77 Ochs und Junior
    78 Omikron
    79 Ophion
    80 Oriosa
    81 Pablo
    82 Panther
    83 Paul Frank
    84 Paul Picot
    85 Phoibos
    86 Police
    87 Poseidon
    88 Prima
    89 Pro-lex
    90 Prometheus
    91 Racer
    92 Raketa
    93 Romain Jerome
    94 Rover and Lakes
    95 Samsung
    96 Schaffen
    97 Seagull
    98 Silvana
    99 Skagen
    100 Smith and Wesson
    101 Sternglas
    102 Subdelta
    103 Swiss Army
    104 Tag
    105 Th. Picard Fils
    106 Theorein
    107 Tiger Shark
    108 Timor
    109 Titus
    110 Titus Genf
    111 Tollet
    112 Tomtom
    113 Union
    114 Vaer
    115 Vantage
    116 Vertex (Vintage)
    117 Vitessa
    118 Waldhoff
    119 Wempe
    120 Wenger
    121 Weret
    122 Zeon
    123 ZRC

    I had a look at these the other day. I think there may be two on the list masquerading as brands but aren't. I am unaware of any TAG only branded watches having been produced, I might have mis-identified a TH in the early days of 2020 when I wasn't so up to speed, although I happy to stand corrected. Also there is Chopard again, I think they ought to come under the umbrella of L.U.Chopard so I might have a little reshuffle this year.

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    No Braun???

    Given I'm abstaining from watches in 2022, this arrival today isn't a watch but could be... It's not much bigger than my regular 47mm PAMs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimm View Post
    In memoriam:
    Many thanks for the list. Makes interesting reading.

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    Great work as ever and an entertaining read.

    The Dear Departed list highlights the distortion in the Friday only WRUW as there are 3 brands on that list that I have worn (Jaquet Droz, Schaffen and Nodus) in 2021, but I guess not on a Friday.

    I look forward to reading more in 2022!

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    Fantastic work Wimm, your humour and analysis are scalpel sharp.

    My main concern is the future of Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes, if the organisers see this, he will be history :)

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    Well, now that the hangovers have subsided I think it is safe for some brightly coloured squiggly lines. We haven't seen many charts recently so here is a large helping of them (sadly no pies or doughnuts).

    Lets start looking at the year in general, below we have the count for the monthly top ten brands:

    , on Flickr

    To give the above results a little perspective and allow us to see any trends a little more clearly I have averaged the monthly results over the weeks in each month. I have also added the total weekly average for each month on the secondary y-axis to see how they all compare:

    on Flickr

    Interesting to see the steady decline of Seiko from April through to September before picking up again and also Rolex tailing off in December while all the others pick up.

    And now for a pair of headache inducing charts. The numbers for the weekly top ten brands. To try and keep them from being totally unreadable I have split date into two charts, one for each half of the year.

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/2mYJFaS], on Flickr

    , on Flickr

    April the Second really stands out, numbers plummet steeply, particularly for Omega but despite only recording five examples, a score that would usually put them to the bottom half of the top ten, they still held on to the third spot. I am not sure what we were doing that day but it looks like many of us were busy.

    And just to show how 2021 compares to 2020 I have created this chart showing the annual weekly average of each year and the monthly weekly average:

    , on Flickr

    And finally the Bit on The Side. Last year I decided, not only to count the watches but also study which styles we preferred. I started out with nine different styles but, as the year approached its half way point I began to think of what the BoTS for the following year should be. The first option that came to my mind was complication. I started thinking too hard about this and I became a bit befuddled and decided to stop counting chronographs, ana-digi and digi as they could be described as complications rather than styles. I now regret making that decision because I was stupid to be thinking too hard about it and because it messes up the integrity of the numbers. However my regret was not strong enough to make undertake the painful task of going through the count again. So here is the result of all of that additional recording, each style shown in terms of a percentage of the monthly total.

    After I had stopped counting chronographs as an independent category they mainly went to "Other Tool" although the military style ones went to "Military". Most digital watches went to "Other Tool" as they were mainly G-Shocks. others probably just went to "Other".

    , on Flickr

    Unsurprisingly we like tool watches in general and dive watches in particular. The struggle between military and dress watches kept me entertained (I think I need to get out more).

    Please vote in the poll to determine whether dial colour or complication will be this year's BoTS (I am getting the impression that I shouldn't have made it binary). It will close in a couple of days to give me time to modify the spreadsheet.

    Well, that is last year wrapped up, I'd better make a start on this year.

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    ^^^ What an interesting analysis. Thank you!

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    Another voice added to the chorus of thanks, Wimm - for a year's entertaining work, and for a humorous and erudite write-up: love it, thank-you.

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    many thanks for the award Wimm and your hard work in compiling the data,always a good read,your description of me is spot on.i do feel a bit of a fraud though as i build one-offs to my own tastes and never sell them.cheers Greasemonkey [KMK]
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    Superb stuff and lovely to read on a grey tuesday morning- many thanks for the hard work!

    Some interesting names in the 'gone' list- surprised to see no Chopards. Also didn't know Durex made watches...

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    ahhh thats excellent Wimm, thanks for manning the count!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimm View Post
    In memoriam:


    33 E M G
    Funnily enough this was put right for 2022 on just the 2nd Friday of the year. A welcome return to a lovely thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimm View Post
    Well, now that the hangovers have subsided I think it is safe for some brightly coloured squiggly lines. We haven't seen many charts recently so here is a large helping of them (sadly no pies or doughnuts).

    Lets start looking at the year in general, below we have the count for the monthly top ten brands:

    , on Flickr

    To give the above results a little perspective and allow us to see any trends a little more clearly I have averaged the monthly results over the weeks in each month. I have also added the total weekly average for each month on the secondary y-axis to see how they all compare:

    on Flickr

    Interesting to see the steady decline of Seiko from April through to September before picking up again and also Rolex tailing off in December while all the others pick up.

    And now for a pair of headache inducing charts. The numbers for the weekly top ten brands. To try and keep them from being totally unreadable I have split date into two charts, one for each half of the year.

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/2mYJFaS], on Flickr

    , on Flickr

    April the Second really stands out, numbers plummet steeply, particularly for Omega but despite only recording five examples, a score that would usually put them to the bottom half of the top ten, they still held on to the third spot. I am not sure what we were doing that day but it looks like many of us were busy.

    And just to show how 2021 compares to 2020 I have created this chart showing the annual weekly average of each year and the monthly weekly average:

    , on Flickr

    And finally the Bit on The Side. Last year I decided, not only to count the watches but also study which styles we preferred. I started out with nine different styles but, as the year approached its half way point I began to think of what the BoTS for the following year should be. The first option that came to my mind was complication. I started thinking too hard about this and I became a bit befuddled and decided to stop counting chronographs, ana-digi and digi as they could be described as complications rather than styles. I now regret making that decision because I was stupid to be thinking too hard about it and because it messes up the integrity of the numbers. However my regret was not strong enough to make undertake the painful task of going through the count again. So here is the result of all of that additional recording, each style shown in terms of a percentage of the monthly total.

    After I had stopped counting chronographs as an independent category they mainly went to "Other Tool" although the military style ones went to "Military". Most digital watches went to "Other Tool" as they were mainly G-Shocks. others probably just went to "Other".

    , on Flickr

    Unsurprisingly we like tool watches in general and dive watches in particular. The struggle between military and dress watches kept me entertained (I think I need to get out more).

    Please vote in the poll to determine whether dial colour or complication will be this year's BoTS (I am getting the impression that I shouldn't have made it binary). It will close in a couple of days to give me time to modify the spreadsheet.

    Well, that is last year wrapped up, I'd better make a start on this year.
    Great analysis! Thank you.
    Re. April 2nd that was Good Friday so we were probably all stuffing our faces and too busy to post which watch we were wearing whilst doing it.

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