Watch Collecting…

8 months, 3 weeks ago 6
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I have found it interesting that photographers, as a group, also seem to be into audliophile gear and watches! I have no idea why, it just seems to be that way. I’ve collected watches for a number of years and have recently been watching a wealth of Youtube videos about watches, they simply fascinate me. One particular watch channel is a fellow who is an acknowledged historian and expert on watches and he has guests on to talk about their watch collections. It’s facinating to see what famous actors, atheletes and business tycoons collect, but I could never be a guest on his channel. Most of his guests buy and own watches in the multiples of thousands of dollars, some well into the six figure catagory!!

Well, that’s not me, I’m what I would call a “regular guy” collector. I buy watches that I like and think would suit my personality and only one of my watches cost over $500. Most cost between $200. and $300. It is said that the only thing we cannot get more of is TIME! I happen to really enjoy time pieces and thought I might share some of my favorites with you, just in case you’re into watch collecting or simply like watches.

I circled two watches above, 1 & 2. The number 1 watch is a very special edition of the Luminor Panerai made for Sylvestor Stallone, one of only 500 made, signed and numbered by Sylvestor on the back. The current value of that watch used is $17,500. except it isn’t!!! It’s a perfect Chinese made copy, a knockoff, the only one I own. It is virtually identical in every way to the actual watch. It even keeps decent time, but it’s is a fake!!! I love to wear it to big events where watch snobs might appear and have a little fun with them, spinning a story about how I met Sylvestor years ago and he arranaged for me to get a copy! What fun, of course I then tell them the truth. When the watch arrived from China it was insured for just $8.46, how do they do it!

The other watch, number 2 is one of my most recent purchases a Lum Tec B44 Combat watch. It has a high end quartz movement and is very accurate and has a great lume for seeing it in total darkness. It is an everyday kind of watch. The last Last watch is in the bottom right corner, (not circled) it means a great deal to me as it was a gift from my dear Christian Brother Carl Turner. It is a beautiful Shinola dress watch, my only dress watch, I treasure it because it was from Carl, it’s a cool watch too!!!!

From time to time I will bring back the photo of my main watch box, unfortuantely I have another with even more watches in it! I will share some about other watches from time to time. My only truly expensive watch, (by my standards), is the watch to the right of the number 2 watch, it is a Brietling Chrono Avenger in Titanium. It was a gift to my self when my America From 500 Feet book was released and was having great success. Several years ago I gave it to Wes in thanks for his work on the book project and Rhonda gave it back to me when Wes went to be with the Lord. I wear it with great pride now.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my little sharing session. If you would like, I will come back to the subject later for another go at it!


the pilgrim

6 Responses

  1. Michael Early says:

    We may not be able to get more time, but we always have memories of times…..

  2. Rodney McKnight says:

    I think they make for great photographic subjects also…cool!

  3. Joshua Boldt says:

    I have never collected watches but these are really neat.

    I wonder how much money fake watch makers make? Do their copies actually show that the real ones are over-inflated in price if they can make a decent copy for so much less? Or would someone who is very into watches be able to tell the quality difference and that makes it worth it for them?

    • admin says:

      I could never afford a $10,000. watch and wonder if anyone could justify it, but a lot of people do. I guess if you have and overabudnance of funds it’s worth it.

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