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Hi all,

Having been a long-time forums bystander, I thought it only good form to finally introduce my little piece of the watch world. I guess I consider that my collection consists of six ‘core’ watches at present, which continue to represent my taste/preferences as they’ve evolved over the years (although I am yet to flip/trade any of the others I’ve purchased!).

First up are a Heuer 1133G and WS2111 ‘Carrera’ (the 2111 was my first mechanical watch). The Monaco was a 30th present to myself in the same year the model turned 40 (2009).






Next are an IWC 3253 and 3717 - the 3253 was a target for so long when I started collecting and I finally pushed myself to purchase my local AD’s last piece when the Mark XVI was phased in. Even though IWC has a lot more ‘profile’ these days, I still think the Mark XV is a stealth/classless choice and one of the classic three-handed watch designs (and the date addition ups the day-to-day practicality over the Mark 11 and possibly reliability over the Mark XII?). The 3717, for me, is the most balanced three-register chrono with day-date function. It manages to deliver the dial information in a clear manner with no apparent visual compromises. The 7750 movement has been faultless and, love it or hate it, has played an important part in watch movement evolution (whether it represents good value in this particular package is another discussion).








My Panerai 292(K) gets a lot of wrist time - the case remains flawless after five years. I was more than a little annoyed to get bumped by my AD to receive their second piece (from a J-series), having waited over 20 months on a full deposit! With hindsight, it was probably the better outcome as I prefer the clean dial of the K (and subsequent) series. Overall, to my eye, it is the best execution of ceramic in a watch - all the significant elements (including the bezel and crown) have been considered - it just looks so harmonious. The non-ceramic parts (lug wires, case-back and buckle) are understandable given their purposes.


My wife bought me a JLC Reverso UT 1931 Tribute to wear on our wedding day last year. With the ongoing industry trend for ‘vintage redux’, I applaud JLC for going that bit further with little details such as the ‘Swiss’ dial. Even though the case proportions/size are not faithful, the increase makes sense in this day and age. At present, it would be between this and my Mark XV for a one-watch life (but in reality it has to be the Reverso as my wife would kill me if it was sold!).


In addtion to the six above, there’s a Dunhill Car Watch - for those Le Mans jaunts etc!




Porsche Design P10 that’s on the market (the first to go):


The 'nobles' - VC Phidias and Omega De Ville (c.1969) - both of these came to me from my father. The Vacheron is a bit of an outlier (from his work-related collection). It doesn’t come out very often - black ties mainly. The Omega dates from my father’s 21st and was only recently unearthed. It clearly needs some TLC (like a crown!) but the Cal. 1000/1002 movement still runs after decades spent dormant. I can’t wait to get it ‘right’ and on the wrist - I just feel that the look has now come full-circle and will be very wearable.






The sidelined pool beaters - Precista PRS-20 and EmaS Diver:


A bit of fun to end on, this Breil is a blast from my childhood that I found whilst moving house this year. A few things put a smile on my face having not seen it in so long - mainly the size of the case (24mm) and how so many of the links had been removed to fit my wrist. I also can’t believe how much of the coating has survived!


Well, that’s about it. Hope to be contributing more to the forum in future.

Thanks,
Lee
 

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Hello, and welcome! Considering your collection, you will fit in very well here. I like just about every watch in your collection. The 2111 Carrera is gorgeous, I am a fan of IWC, the Black Seal is one of the three Panerais I like, the Reverso is an absolute classic, and there is not much in this world that exudes class like a Vacheron. Excellent watches across the board. You have definitely demonstrated that you know your stuff.
 

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Welcome! Great collection, I love the Reverso and your two Heuers.

Get that Omega back to Bienne and get it restored. Sure, you'll overpay, but you'll get it back to new condition and get a full history on the watch, and you'll have that family heirloom to hand down to your son on his wedding day (or to your future son-in-law on your daughter's wedding day, or to your daughter, or...you get the picture).
 

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Welcome to the forum. Nice!
 

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Great collection! Your wife has great taste...she chose the nicest Reverso there is IMHO!
Thanks for taking a look. My wife has definitely picked up a lot from living with this horological madness surrounding her! (I love that she now nonchalantly comments on the watches of some of her male colleagues, who generally looked shocked as a result!) I admit to having some involvement in the decision - we narrowed it down to the 1931 and a Portuguese Pure Classic (white dial) - but ultimately my wife had the final say and I'm not disappointed! I still really like the Pure Classic but I also feel a 5001-14 will be in my future and I can't see both taking up residence ;)
 

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Welcome to the forum; the Carrera is, in a word, remarkable.
 

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Hello, and welcome! Considering your collection, you will fit in very well here. I like just about every watch in your collection. The 2111 Carrera is gorgeous, I am a fan of IWC, the Black Seal is one of the three Panerais I like, the Reverso is an absolute classic, and there is not much in this world that exudes class like a Vacheron. Excellent watches across the board. You have definitely demonstrated that you know your stuff.
Thanks for the kind words. The knowledge journey is one I suspect will never end though!

Lee
 

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Get that Omega back to Bienne and get it restored. Sure, you'll overpay, but you'll get it back to new condition and get a full history on the watch, and you'll have that family heirloom to hand down to your son on his wedding day (or to your future son-in-law on your daughter's wedding day, or to your daughter, or...you get the picture).
Thanks, I haven't decided on the route yet. I took the watch to the Omega Vintage Store in London (incorporated within Somlo at the Burlington Arcade) and they weren't very helpful - only to say that the work would cost a minimum of £500 and take 16 weeks! I have a fair idea of its value (not a lot) but they wouldn't even provide a view on that (perhaps understandable but it still didn't help me warm to the place). One thing I do like that Omega has provided the vintage market is their Vintage Watches Database - OMEGA Watches: Vintage Watches Database - you should be able to trace any model since 1946, which I commend them for putting together and making available.

Regarding the actual work, I am not a fan of complete 'overhauls'/restorations (unless they are clearly needed), particularly case refinishing (and especially dials & hands (service replacements)). I will listen to suggestions when it goes in but can see it being a movement service (and any required parts), new stem & crown and possibly a new crystal.

You mentioned heirlooms - I am also seriously considering trading in the VC and putting into a PP and giving it back to my Dad for his 70th in a few years (he has always wanted a Calatrava).

Thanks,
Lee
 
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