As I sit here this morning trying to pick a watch for the day, I started thinking how my collection evolved. From looking at the first watch I purchased (Movado w/museum dial) to some of my more recent (50's/60's Vulcain Cricket) I couldn't help wonder how other collectors' collections started and their journey.
Here is my journey:
When I bought my first watch in 2004 I knew I wanted a Movado, for at the time I perceived them to be high end, and given it was $400, I felt I had made it into the expensive/high end watch world. Don't ask me why I thought that back then but there it is. A few months later I thought, I really need to get a casual sport watch. So while in the Amman airport I walked over to the duty free shop and bought a Tag Heuer Formula 1.
Now I really thought I had made it and was doing well given I had two expensive watches (expensive for me at the time).
Several years later I determined I needed to get out of the quartz world and move up to an automatic. So I purchased a Montblanc Timewalker as a dress watch and a Raymond Weil Freelancer as a casual watch. Between the Movado, Tag and these two I just mentioned, I bought a Luminox Nighthawk.
Then I got it into my head I needed a big bling type of watch so I bought a Citizen (BL540052A, look it up and you'll see what I mean).
Fast forward to now, while I have a better understanding of high end watches (or at least tell myself I do) I can't help but look to vintage watches. I love my vintage watches and while I look at newer watches none really do it for me. There is just something about an old hand wound watch that I doubt I'll run into anyone wearing.
So I ask, how did your watch collecting start and where has it taken you?