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    My SOTC - 2019

    I don’t think I’ve ever done a SOTC before, but with so many incomings in the last few years, I figured I’d finally get around to doing one...there’s also a good chance of a consolidation in 2020, so this would be a good snapshot before changes happen ��

    My collection isn’t really organized into any theme – I just buy stuff that I like and that I can wear and enjoy. For the purposes of the SOTC though, I’ve just broken it down into some arbitrary categories, so if they don’t make sense....well...don’t complain.

    I also don’t have a complete SOTC pic, since I tend to only keep a few watches at home, most of them are in a safety deposit box and I switch out watches every few weeks/months.

    The Daily Wearers:

    These are watches that I classify under the “pick up and wear ‘em” category. Pretty self-explanatory – pick them up, wind them and you’re ready to go.

    Rolex Explorer 1:

    Oris Diver 65 – Topper Edition:

    Zodiac Super Sea Wolf – Topper Edition:

    The Speedmasters:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for speedmasters over the years, primarily due to the looks and the nasa connection. The tritium 3590.50 was the first “luxury” watch that I purchased (and gifted to my dad a few years ago). Over the years, I ended up buying the speedys that I really loved and still wear them regularly.
    Fun-fact: I was offered the Snoopy twice, but declined to purchase it on both occasions, as I don’t particularly like the dial… hindsight, flipping them probably would’ve funded a few more watches :P

    Omega Speedmaster Apollo Soyuz LE:

    I didn’t know much about this LE until I met General Stafford in person and learnt about the Apollo Soyuz mission and his experiences. When I looked up the watch later and saw the dial, it was love…

    Omega Speedmaster Alaska Project:
    My first ever “Limited edition” watch. Purchased locally from the Seattle boutique and then sent it in for servicing immediately. The watch was sitting in their display for long, the movement had dried up.

    Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 LE Blue:

    Omega Speedmaster 1957 Trilogy LE:

    The High Beats:

    Visually, I really like the smooth sweeping seconds associated with high beat movements and spring drive, so these were obvious choices…

    Grand Seiko SBGJ021 Mt Iwate GMT:

    Phenomenal dial and crazy caseback…

    Zenith El Primero 38mm Tricolor:

    Grand Seiko SBGA011 Snowflake:

    The GMTs/World Time:
    Rolex GMT Master I 16700:
    I tried modern GMTs (BLNR, regular) but never really liked them on the wrist. Rolex's old cases were the most comfortable, but I didn’t want to deal with the headaches (and price premiums) associated with vintage. When this came up locally for a good price, I jumped on it…I travel a lot for work and this is often what I will wear/take with me along with my apple watch.

    Seiko World Timer 1964 Olympics:
    The only vintage watch in my collection. This was an impulse auction buy from ebay (really cheap). Really love the linen dial on this watch.

    The Bank Breakers/Savings Busters/Divorce causers:

    I credit all 4 of these brands as being responsible for getting me hooked onto watches. I’m really happy that I was able to purchase these watches and support these independent brands (although I doubt AP needs my support).

    Habring2 Jumping Seconds:

    Ressence Type 1S:

    Urwerk UR100 Space Time:

    Audemars Piguet 15450SR:
    The only “gold” watch in my collection.

    The “Don’t fit in any category but I still love them” watches:

    Cartier Tank Basculante:

    Stolen by my wife…I rarely get to wear it

    Sinn T2:

    Omega Aqua Terra Skyfall Mid-size:

    What's on the radar for 2020

    Most likely....nothing. My watch budget has dried up
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    At some point in the future though, I'd love to get - Omega Speedmaster Japan Racing LE, Bvlgari Octo Japan Edition, MB&F LM101.

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    Beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing.


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    No theme perhaps, but they look like they belong to one discriminating person.

    Nice photography too.

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    You've got some very beautiful pieces that would be treasured in many collections.

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    An enviable collection!

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    A spectacular collection. So many drool worthy pieces. Wow.

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    Stunning collection!!

    Thank you for showing them all together.
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    Absolutely stunning collection!!!!

    I drooled from beginning to end, and incredible pics of each piece as well! Wow, thanks for sharing!


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    My SOTC - 2019

    Very nice collection. For some reason I thought you had a couple GO? Iíve never thought to look at a two tone APRO. It looks good in your photo. Most interested in the Ressence. I would have a hard time with it having a 2824 movement for the price, but it is just so cool to care about that.

    Iím working to my own SOTC, but taking my time to get to it.

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    Tell everyone you saw it on IWL!

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    Thanks everyone! If you have any questions or want to know about any models, feel free to ask away!

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