My Collection

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Rolex will always be my brand. But I will say, over the past few years, my eyes have wandered and my mind has been opened up to embracing others... For me, the attraction can't be strictly superficial. You won't find me owning a watch just because the watch community dubs its design iconic. And you won't find a watch in my collection that I hesitate to wear out of fear of scratching. Sure, to be in my collection there needs to be an attraction. But I also need to be able to connect with a watch on a deeper level. For that bond to happen, there needs to be compatibility between my personality and the watch's ethos. That chemistry with a watch usually only develops from days, months and years of real wear (which includes getting scratches). The litmus test for a watch to remain in my collection is: Do I feel the same way about it as I do my Datejust or modern Explorer II? I'm way past the dating phase (and the honeymoon phase) with these two. When I wear either one, it's as if we're an old married couple. We've been through a lot together and I still find them as beautiful as the day I bought them. To this day I never tire of wearing them. They have a calming effect and keep me centered. The relationship I have with these two is what I'm looking for in all the watches I collect...   

Luckily collecting watches isn't exactly like marriage (I don't have to be monogamous). Lately I've been enjoying playing the field (i.e., collecting) in search of more Mrs Rights. And when it comes to collecting, my approach is like the piece of dating advice, "you find love when you least expect it." That's why I tend to not seek out watches, but rather let them find me (how I got my vintage Seamaster and Explorer II). However, I will say, if I don't find a Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 in 2018, I may go the online dating route (i.e., enlist a dealer to help).

Below you'll find my current lineup. Click on one of my personal watches below for a write-up on how I came to own it and why it's part of my collection...