I wanted to share my excitement at my first watch purchase since 2016. The Explorer II white dial. This one has been a long time coming but it was worth the wait!
Iíd wanted to add a 4th and final watch to my collection, and I was aiming for a) a GMT complication and b) a white/light coloured dial. I have been researching for a long time (I donít need to tell you guys about endless watch research!)
I started buying watches in 2014 so itís been a 5 year journey for me, almost to the day.
My first purchase was a huge deal for me and my family of wife and young kids. I wasnít earning much money at the time and it felt scary making such a purchase. But over the last few years I started my own business and Iíve had a bit more to spend.
Very early on, my wife bought me a watch box containing 4 slots, on behalf of my kids as a Fatherís Day present (they were too young at the time to make the suggestion themselves). From the outset it was important to me that I donít take this hobby to insane levels (or what seemed insane for me, Iím not judging anyone else with larger collections!) so I promised myself I would stop at 4 watches, in order to fill the box I was given.
I have made a few mistakes - Iíve purchased 8 watches in that time, and Iíve ended up with what has Ďstuckí.
This was a learning experience for me. I tried too hard to be logical and methodical about my collection, so I dismissed the Exp2 for a long time because I didnít want a second Rolex. The plan was: a 4-watch collection, all different brands, and all different purpose/complication. So I wasnít Ďallowedí the Exp2 because it was breaking the rules by duplicating the Rolex brand.
But in the end my heart won the battle, and Iím really delighted with the result. Such a great watch with crazy legibility and a good companion to my Sub.
And here is the rest of my collection which it will be joining (I donít have a photo of all 4 watches together because the Reverso is currently away for a service)
At the moment Iím totally content and I canít imagine buying anything else. Im at the place where I always hoped to be for the last 5 years. But Iím not naive enough to say Ďnever againí...
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