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The past couple of days I've been thinking of streamlining my collection, bringing the number of serious pieces to 4 watches. What a OCD driven nightmare this has been! My main reason for choosing 4 is that from experience, 4 is the magic number where each watch gets the most use. Also, with 4 I can keep them all winded on my wrist, as I usually change watches once a day after I change out of work clothes.

I've spent more than what one would consider a reasonable amount of time on this subject, I've been trying to compare and contrast the benefits of each piece I have, trying to quantify how much I like each piece using written notes, excel spreadsheets with pictures, trying each on daily, etc.

I've finally got a somewhat idea of what 4 pieces I'd like to have, but even that may change if I flip a watch and buy another to fill that slot. (This option makes the decision making process that much harder)

1.) Sporty aviation inspired luxury chronograph

The Bremont Alt1-C in Green








Maybe I'm still in the honeymoon period with this watch but I love the watch. In fact its very hard to find anything wrong with it. In real life, the green dial shines with radiance and looks very beautiful. I wear this with smart casual to casual attire. Sometimes even get to wear to office if my shirt cuff is big enough to contain it. In addition, the brushed hardened steel has a dark grey shine to it, noticeable different from regular stainless steel in a good way.

2.) The Dress Watch.

Patek 5110g World Timer

This is my dress watch. To be honest this is one of the pieces I'm thinking about replacing. To its favor, its a Patek, which to me a is a milestone in my horological pursuit. Beautiful white gold calatrava case. It also has an unusual world timer complication. In addition, the guilloche working on the dial is some of the most exquisite I have ever seen. All packed in a tradition 37mm case, and also I changed the strap to a Navy/Gray croc strap which looks fricking amazing.







Okay now the complaints: Firstly its too expensive. Its not outta my budget, but I'm always afraid I will lose it or have it stolen. I actively worry during the workday whether or not the watch is safe at home. Secondy, I feel it is a little smaller that I'd like, if only by a tiny tiny bit. Also, the time is hard to read because the time function is in the center subdial. The dauphine hands have no color contrast with the guilloche dial so its not very legible.

But then I look up her skirt and see this.... and forget all her shortcomings.



3.) The daily wearer

Rolex Milgauss GV

What can I say, this watch is ultimate in comfortable. I feel I can wear it to the office, downtown at a bar, or even naked in a sauna (maybe going to far here). No wonder its my daily office wearer. It feels natural no matter the environment, and its classic Rolex without any of the pretentiousness. Plus its green has a lightning bolt, how cool is that!



4.) The weekender/party watch

Calibre de Cartier

When the dress code says smart casual, I go to this watch. Its beautiful, and gold. Gets the good type of attention when going to bars or get togethers with friends.. Women compliment it the most (not the pricetag but the style!) I love the size, its big enough to be bold, but its a very thin watch that fits in most of my shirt cuffs.



Also I'm planning to sell a PAM 111 and Longines Evidenza. This consolidates the collection to 4 pieces. In addition, I have a G-Shock and another fashion watch which were gifts and I cant sell.
 

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What a fantastic collection you have there!! I really like the Bremont.

I also applaud you for your efforts and discipline in streamlining them.

I do agree to a large extend regarding your PP ... more specifically with World Timers. This could be a function of my sign of aging....so it is really not easy to tell time on most of these world timers.

Based on what you have reasoned, you have definitely thought thru this. So, get cracking and enjoy the 4 remaining pieces!
 

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I am more than happy with my collection, it's a work in process and I am more than happy to say it's been a very fun journey this year.

1)Omega Speedmaster pro: this little vintage chrono is just a joy to look at, the lemania movement(with sapphire display back) is a little vintage workhorse.

2)Rolex Submariner: No date, no BS diver. Great everyday/"beater" watch, goes well with everything and tough as a nail. Old bracelet and clasp is very comfortable to wear and slip under the shirt cuff with the modest 130gram weight.

3)Panerai Radiomir Blackseal: Vintage Panerai fair, I love the throw-back style of the pillow-case, the ETA movement is joy to wind, fit and finish is superb. The straps made the watch as it could be very subtle and change to very loud.

4)Laco B-uhr Flieger: My beater watch, great little miyota movement and full lume dial for the casual day.

5)Seagull Moonphase: My dress watch, doesn't get much wrist time but whenever I do wear it I love the big date and moonphase complication. This is my only mechanical watch with date.

6)Casio Gshock Mudman: My gym/running watch, auto EL function is great for night run, great little piece of japanese engineering, surprisingly great fit and comfort for a large 46mm watch.

Wouldn't mind a GS, Reverso, Monaco and a Tank tho', sadly that mean some of the piece have to move in order to keep the six watch rule with the S.O.


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The past couple of days I've been thinking of streamlining my collection, bringing the number of serious pieces to 4 watches.....
Love them all.

The Cartier and Milgauss are my favorite, I never have much experience with modern Cartier other than my mom's old tank(15-20+ years old), how's their build quality and experience with the brand so far? if you don't mind me asking
 

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Love them all.

The Cartier and Milgauss are my favorite, I never have much experience with modern Cartier other than my mom's old tank(15-20+ years old), how's their build quality and experience with the brand so far? if you don't mind me asking
not that i own one..but this Calibre was/is still on my radar - coupla key reasons: beautiful comfortable 'satiny-feeling' bracelet and the finishing as well as the whiteness of the dial. Great size too with an oddly balanced dial despite the expando-date; the 30m WR stops me (like I'd go swimming with this..but u get my drift)
 

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Somewhat...being a Panerai freak,lately I'm all about destro models and thinking about adding another destro to my collection,preferably with domed sapphire
 

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I am satisfied today. But I know something(a watch) will come along and spoil it!......:-(
 
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Love them all.

The Cartier and Milgauss are my favorite, I never have much experience with modern Cartier other than my mom's old tank(15-20+ years old), how's their build quality and experience with the brand so far? if you don't mind me asking
The Calibre is incredibly solid in terms of finish, and the lugs curve, making it fit like a glove. I don't own a Calbre myself, but a family member does, and I really like it.

I'd like to through my collection watch by watch, but as some of you know, we'd be here forever. :-d I'm very satisfied with my Ralph Lauren watches and vintage pieces, in particular. Every time I see the movement in my PP, I'm reminded just why I love mechanical watches so much.
 

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No, I'm not satisfied with my collection, but this is what makes collecting so much fun. While I like the watches I now have, there will never be a time when I don't want to add something. It's the collecting, not the collection, that brings me satisfaction.

-hayday
 

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My bank account determines my level of satisfaction. :)

As with many others, I have often been at points where I think I finally have the ultimate collection for me. I recently sold off many pieces (with more to go) to get my rotation down to 8. I used the funds to get a Speedmaster Broad Arrow '57. I was hoping that this would be a daily wearer, with the others as complementary pieces, but it's just another part of the rotation. At the time of my Broad Arrow purchase, I was looking for one "big score," and had it narrowed down to a PO, the Broad Arrow, and an IWC Portuguese. I really wanted the Portuguese, but I've never seen one in real life, and the only AD in the state doesn't have the model I want, so I'd have to commit to buying it (they'd order one in) without seeing it in person first. That was a deal breaker for me. I went with the Broad Arrow over the PO because the PO was too thick for a daily wearer for my small wrist. And the Broad Arrow never became that daily wearer, but is part of the rotation.

So anyway, I don't think I'll ever be satisfied without knowing if the IWC was "the one." It's kinda like that cute girl you meet on vacation when you're in college. You really hit it off, have a great couple of days together, and go your separate ways, never knowing what might have been. That's how I feel about the IWC. It could've been "the one," but I'll probably never know.
 
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Very nice collection. However, how can you be so disciplined in your approach to watch buying? My general practice tends to be if a watch calls to me (a lot do) and I can afford it I buy it.
 

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I, too, would like to cut my collection back. My collection is not as august as the OPs. That means the watches I'd be happiest to unload are the very ones with little-to-no value. Add in the hassle of flipping and they remain...
 

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Satisfied with the watches I have but not satisfied with my collection. Never will :)
 
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