Hope all of you have been enjoying what has so far been our beta testing for the Forums.
I wanted to write this post as an introduction and greetings to all the new comers , and for oldies to maybe know each other on a more personal level.
Maybe we can write a few things about ourselves below , our hobbies , watch favorites , location etc.
Me: From New York , love going to local jazz bars , taking long walks in the park. Also love drinking teas and smoking cigars , and being lazy!
Watch favorites would personally in my collection be the Jacques David LeCoultre 1949 Full Calendar Moonphase, which is also the first moonphase wristwatch released by JLC. To me originality in design and horology are most important ( Doesn't have to mean high horology) Love Falcone designs from the 80's and what independents are doing now.
Hi everyone, saw Nick's post on FB earlier and thought it might be nice to check in!
How has the pandemic treated you? Are you doing well? Have you got any new watches?
Hope you're all doing great ^_^
Probably about time I said hello since I signed up for this wonderful forum. I'm based in Droitwich in the UK but have moved around a bit within the midlands. Just ask Harlan - he'll tell you how great the midlands is ;)
I'm based working from home as a Cisco contact centre engineer. I basically design and build "press 1 for sales, 2 for stuff" for big companies and yes, it really is that boring. I'm 36, have a 3 year old son, and a wife who is not particularly accommodating of our mutual hobby.
I've been into horology since around 2014/2015 and my first real piece that wasn't an Accurist or Rotary Argos special was a Tag Heuer Monaco. I'm a frequent visitor to the 24 Heures du Mans and as you can guess, that particular timepiece resonated with me bigtime. Step forward a few years and will happily discuss the torque curves of mechanical powertrains or the use of silicon in movements.
Over the following years I've made all the usual mistakes of horology collection. Collecting the "dress watch, dive watch, etc"; having a table full of watches I don't care about or wear, and buying absolute tat. Nowadays I have a Speedmaster, a HudsonTime Longines Conquest, and a Vacheron Constantin Overseas Gen 3. I do have a few other bits and bobs which I like in their own ways but they generally don't get much wear.
During CoVID-19 lockdown I painted a lot of rooms in the house, cut the grass a fair bit, and decided to set up a Vacheron-specific website that focuses primarily on history - European history is a big interest for me. It's small fry at the moment but given a bit of effort I hope to turn it into something I can be proud of.
Big love to the MDWE massif.
Been a member since 2019. Livin in the philippines. Making pesos as a dentist. Been into watches since 2017. Since early days of college had a seiko diver since i used to dive. Then got other watches that i thought was "good" This longines i bought as a pick me up cuz my marriage officially ended back in 2018. It meant a new beginning for me. Now in the days of CORONA, had to close one of my clinics permanently. Now ill have to rebuild. Since the day i joined, i loved what i learned. You dont pull punches here its straight up. Thanks brothers!
Hey fellas. From Sydney Australia. My watch interest came from two things really. First watching James bond movies. Second is probably always seeing my grandfather wearing one. He migrated here from italy when my mum was 4. He was a bricklayer and the watch he had you couldn't even see the dial it was that scratched but he always wore it. Got two kids who spend most of my watch funds. I love a good whiskey or bourbon.
Hi everyone, I'm from Nova Scotia, a province of Canada on the Atlantic coast. About an hour by air to Boston. Halifax, our capital has very strong historical ties Boston through the seafaring and fish trade. I am actually in the fish business myself. I've liked watches a hell of lot since childhood but I fell in love with watches only about 20 years ago. Then I fell in love again once I was exposed to vintage. I love this hobby. Love the sea by sail or power. Love good music and have a solid collection. Into comics as well with a solid collection. I like a puff here and there, whisky, wine and beer! I love this group. Amazing knowledge. So much to learn. Fantastic content and watches. Crazy people!! Be safe people and come to Nova Scotia in the summer or fall some time when the Covid crap is over. Cheers, Nevin
My name is Ian Templeton.
I live in New Zealands South Island.
I’m new to watch collecting and just learning.
I’m 52 years old and my history is in motorcycle race mechanics. I love tinkering with mechanical things. I really enjoy taking something that’s destined for the scrap and fixing it up.
When I was about 7 my uncle gave me a new watch for my birthday. A simple Yema. I still have it, still love it and still wear it regularly.
When I turned 18 I inherited my Dads Seiko Automatic. He had hardly worn it. It was brought for him by my mum in 1973 as he had cancer and could no longer wind a watch. Unfortunately he also could not move enough to work the automatic wonder. A quartz would have been better. This watch is a link to both of them and I cherish it.
These 2 watches were all I wore for years.
Along the way I wanted a rugged waterproof watch and since I had such a good experience with my Yema I brought a Yema Sea Spider in 1999. It’s taken a hiding over the last 20 years so it got a decent service last month. It’s great to have it back.
In the last year I have stepped away from motorcycle competition and found myself in need of a new hobby.
I started looking at watches and realised that im drawn to the classic styles from the 1950s and 1960s so thats where I’m focusing.
I’m looking forward to learning new skills and slowly building a collection that suits my taste and style.
Thanks for inviting me into the community.
Frrrrrooooom west Philadelphia born and raised... Oh wait, that's the Fresh Prince....
I'm originally from Boston (no, I don't have the accent) but now live in Seattle collecting watches and enjoying life. I developed an interest in watches at an early age. I remember begging for a Timex Iron Man when I was 8 and I loved it. as I got older I went through the usual gammet of luxury watches, bouncing from Rolex, to Patek, to Lange, to Cartier, and everything in between. In 2017, I bought my first vintage watch, a Tapestry dial GP Gyromatic with an observatory logo. I was hooked. I bought it from someone who purchased it at Hudsontime. I was super impressed with the quality and condition of the piece, so I reached out to Dennis and Nick quickly to get my next piece...
Well, 30+ vintsage GP's later, I can honestly say I've left modern pieces for good. Yeah, there will always be one or two modern pieces, but my heart is now definitely with vintage, and specifically vintage GP's.
Outside of watches, I also have an interest in tech, and also film photography (quite the juxtaposition, isn't it?).
Anyway, I'll leave with a picture of a 39J Gyromatic that has to be one of the cleanest all original vintage watches I've ever held. I almost don't want to wear it... almost.