Does anyone collect watches?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by cottontop, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I am quite a watch geek. I have an extensive collection of modern and vintage wrist watches, plus a few pocket watches. It is a very interesting hobby and I have fun wearing a different watch almost everyday of the week.
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  2. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    What brands do you have?
     

  3. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I would like to but I don't have the time:D.

    Actually I have a very small collection of pocket watches. Three were my grandfathers. I also have a few clocks, two of which are antiques. I wish I could afford more.

    Ironically I never wear a watch.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I like clocks. There is only one watch I want, a Rolex, any model (men's of course) I don't care. I'd prefer the submariner.

    I have just two clocks other than my digital alarm clock, and I haven't even bothered to put batteries in them. Neither are collectors items or even real expensive, I just think they're cool as hell. I want to collect more. I'll post up a pic later.
     
  5. c3shooter

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    Confucius say man who collect watches have time on his hands. :D

    Do not collect, but have 2 I like. My everyday wear is a stainless Seiko self winding from the late 1960's. I also picked up a nice, new-in-box 10 K Hamilton 17 jewel.
     
  6. Vikingdad

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    Two of the pocket watches were my grandfathers. He was a road engineer here in CA and also with the Army Corps of Engineers, serving in both WWI and WWII, he volunteered for Korea but was rejected due to a heart condition. He died before I was born. One of them is pewter the other is gold. Both still run flawlessly and keep good time.

    One of the clocks is an Ansonia made in 1880. It came from my wife's side of the family, they had a French Laundry in San Francisco back then. The clock hung on the wall in the laundry and went through the 1906 earthquake and was heat damaged in the fire afterwards. Some time after that it ended up in my wife's aunt and uncle's house, it still ran and kept time there until the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when it fell of the wall and broke the glass and busted up the case. We got it around 1998 and I fixed the case and replaced the glass (using antique poured glass pane) and got it running again. It ran and kept good time up until about 4 years ago. I would like to fix it myself but so far I haven't done it. I think it has a broken main spring (still available!!!).
     
  7. Sonic82

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    I have a few...old

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  8. boatme98

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    I collect wristwatches. I only have 21 right now. Watches kind of got put on the back burner while I added to my gun collection the last 3 years, but I think it's time to start on watches again. ;)
     
  9. Sonic82

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    ...and modern

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  10. bkt

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    I used to be into it more than I am these days. Still got a nice Tissot PR-100 and a Hamilton Linwood both with ETA 2824/2 auto movements. There are a few old pocket watches kicking around that I was experimenting/learning with.

    One big reason I lost interest is that there is no watchmaker locally who doesn't charge an arm and a leg. The cost to tear down, clean and rebuild a standard, garden-variety modern 2824/2 movement in my town costs as much as a new watch - around $250. That's nuts. I could buy a whole new movement and have it regulated for less.
     
  11. texaswoodworker

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    I like pocket watches (for some reason, I don't like wearing wrist watches). I have a few, but their all cheap ebay/walmart finds. I would like to have a vintage mechanical pocket watch from the late 1800s-early 1900s if I ever find one I have the money for.:D
     
  12. Sonic82

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    Those are both nice watches and I know what you mean about repair costs. I'd like to sell the Seamaster and buy another handgun...just afraid I'd take to big a loss on the Omega.
     
  13. danf_fl

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    I don't purposely collect watches, but when they die, I put them in a drawer.
     
  14. Chandler51

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    I'm saving my $$$ to TRY to find a reasonably priced brand with a Val 7750 or 7751...love the ETA autos.

    Those are some nice tickers there, bkt...
     
  15. fisher79

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    I use to have a few till my 3 year old son decided to kid nap a 750 dollar watch and I'm yet to find it:(
     
  16. XxChino13xX

    XxChino13xX New Member

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    I like looking at the nice watches, cause they're just that, really nice. One of my all time favorites is Movado personally. If I wear a watch it's usually my Casio Sea Pathfinder I picked up in Lisbon, Portugal on the way home from Iraq. Or it's my orange faced brushed stainless Fossil, I keep it simple.
     
  17. XxChino13xX

    XxChino13xX New Member

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    Ouch, that'd make me cringe :(
     
  18. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Have you checked your pipes? I'm serious, young children love to flush stuff. Hopefully, that is not the case. Hope you find it soon.
     
  19. fisher79

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    That little fart may have flushed it! It's okay I'm over the sting of it. I had it for two weeks till it grower legs and walked off,been missing for about a year so I done wrote that one off;)
     
  20. bkt

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    Those are great chrono movements. You can score one for around a grand. (Invicta uses the 7750 I think). The Lemania 5100 has always been something I've wanted...the Omega "moon watch" would be nice to come by. :) But I have better things to do with that kind of money.

    They're OK - nothing special. I found good deals online and chafe at the idea of spending almost as much as I paid for them to get them serviced. No complications, common movement...it shouldn't be this expensive. I've got the Tissot off at a new place for an estimate. We'll see.