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Pleased to be here -- please be gentle, I'm a virgin . . .

Post by franklin » July 14th 2020, 11:42am

So, an introduction is in order . . .

Firstly, thank you for having me.

I'm a European, or, more precisely, a Brit. And, I'm quite ancient -- in my seventies.

Given that I'm here, it is probably obvious that I'm guilty of both liking and collecting wrist watches. I currently own fifteen, all but one of which are mechanical.

One of the factors that I like most about watch collecting is that there is no "right answer"; everyone has (and is fully entitled to) their own philosophy and taste.

Mine is based on the idea that nobody needs a mechanical watch to tell the time -- a phone will do that more accurately than almost any watch. I regard my watches, therefore, as wrist adornments -- or, bluntly, jewelry.

I like my jewelry to be attractive and unusual.

"Attractive": both sides of a mechanical watch interest me. If a watchmaker cannot be bothered to show me the art of his movement, I cannot be bothered to give him my money -- meaning I will buy only watches with display backs. And, I like every movement I own to be (if only subtly) different.

"Unusual": only a few of my watches come from manufacturers who produce significantly more than ten thousand units each year.


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Post by franklin » July 14th 2020, 12:03pm

gerdson wrote:
July 14th 2020, 11:52am
Welcome. I am German, so I automatically love You, while You hate-love me. :mrgreen:
Vielen Dank.
Und --- eigentlich nicht. Ich bin halbwegs eingedeutscht -- see my watch list!
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Post by franklin » July 14th 2020, 12:14pm

Racer-X wrote:
July 14th 2020, 12:11pm
Welcome, Franklin. That's a mouth-watering list you have there.
Thank you.
Is this the forum for pic-heavy presentations?
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Post by franklin » July 14th 2020, 12:52pm

Racer-X wrote:
July 14th 2020, 12:16pm
franklin wrote:
July 14th 2020, 12:14pm
Racer-X wrote:
July 14th 2020, 12:11pm
Welcome, Franklin. That's a mouth-watering list you have there.
Thank you.
Is this the forum for pic-heavy presentations?
Absolutely!

()**$

:-)

OK.

AP Huitième Chrono 1994
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Benzinger Subscription 3a grey
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(Yes, that's an Unitas 6498)

Dornblüth 99.1
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GO Panoreserve
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GO Senator 36-01
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GO Sport Evo Pano
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Meistersinger No.02
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(Unadulterated Unitas 6498)

MG Atum Pure M
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MG Atum Anthracite
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MG Benu PR
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HMC Pioneer Centre Second
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Nomos Zürich Braungold
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Rolex 17000
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Stowa Flieger Klassik
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(ETA 2824-2)

Zenith Captain Moon Phase
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Post by codguy » July 14th 2020, 1:06pm

franklin wrote:
July 14th 2020, 11:42am
"Attractive": both sides of a mechanical watch interest me. If a watchmaker cannot be bothered to show me the art of his movement, I cannot be bothered to give him my money -- meaning I will buy only watches with display backs.
Looking forward to the caseback pic of your non-mechanical.

I prefer battery powered watches myself, they are usually more accurate and less expensive that mechanical/automatic winding watches.
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Post by franklin » July 14th 2020, 1:09pm

codguy wrote:
July 14th 2020, 1:06pm
franklin wrote:
July 14th 2020, 11:42am
"Attractive": both sides of a mechanical watch interest me. If a watchmaker cannot be bothered to show me the art of his movement, I cannot be bothered to give him my money -- meaning I will buy only watches with display backs.
Looking forward to the caseback pic of your non-mechanical.

I prefer battery powered watches myself, they are usually more accurate and less expensive that mechanical/automatic winding watches.
Each to his own.
The non-mechanical is the Rolex (my oldest watch). Case back is boring slab of steel.
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Post by koimaster » July 14th 2020, 1:20pm

franklin wrote:
July 14th 2020, 1:09pm
codguy wrote:
July 14th 2020, 1:06pm
franklin wrote:
July 14th 2020, 11:42am
"Attractive": both sides of a mechanical watch interest me. If a watchmaker cannot be bothered to show me the art of his movement, I cannot be bothered to give him my money -- meaning I will buy only watches with display backs.
Looking forward to the caseback pic of your non-mechanical.

I prefer battery powered watches myself, they are usually more accurate and less expensive that mechanical/automatic winding watches.
Each to his own.
The non-mechanical is the Rolex (my oldest watch). Case back is boring slab of steel.

He is pulling your leg. I think cod mentioned he only has one souless quartz watch to his name. Very nice collection by the way.
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Post by Nuvolari » July 14th 2020, 1:47pm

First - you should be aware that no one is prepared to cut you any slack over your youth. In his last professional race in 2007, at Watkins Glen, that “Paul Newman guy” qualified on pole - at age 81. Amid the euphoria he proclaimed to a sports reporter, “...it feels good - it makes me feel like I’m 77 again!” And he was a watch guy, soooo...

Secondly, SWEET MOTHER OF PRECIOUS METALS that is quite a dignified and stately qualified-focused collection. What treats for our eyes... just stunning.

But the Oyster Quartz flat edges always catches my eye... an oddball in the 80, relatively speaking, rarely seen today.

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Post by TemerityB » July 14th 2020, 3:10pm

Whoa, that is quite the collection.

Welcome to you, and all that.
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Post by codguy » July 14th 2020, 3:36pm

koimaster wrote:
July 14th 2020, 1:20pm
He is pulling your leg. I think cod mentioned he only has one souless quartz watch to his name. Very nice collection by the way.
Yep, just pulling your leg franklin. I totally despise battery powered watches, my lone souless quartz wartch purchased in '87 was shit canned years ago.

Impressive collection and welc to the forum.
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Post by koimaster » July 14th 2020, 3:59pm

codguy wrote:
July 14th 2020, 3:36pm
koimaster wrote:
July 14th 2020, 1:20pm
He is pulling your leg. I think cod mentioned he only has one souless quartz watch to his name. Very nice collection by the way.
Yep, just pulling your leg franklin. I totally despise battery powered watches, my lone souless quartz wartch purchased in '87 was shit canned years ago.

Impressive collection and welcome to the forum.
On the other hand, I suspect the "aviator" will be telling stories of his being trapped below decks on the USS Bonhomme Richard and fighting his way back up and then taking off in a F-35 Super Hawkish pisscart wearing his famous inflicta wanker puller..
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Post by 3Flushes » July 14th 2020, 5:18pm

I especially like your fetish for turned dials, man, beautiful.

An old artist friend of the family from Germany had one of those Benzingers with the guilloche skeletonized dials- spectacular. I've never seen that Zenith, awesome, also, too.
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