What’s your perfect “keep it realistic but still reach for the stars” collection?
No limitations on size or cost *within reason* (we can’t all have THE Paul Newman Daytona for instance). It could be 3 watches, 13 watches or 30+ watches if you wanted. Whatever makes you happy and fits with your specific life and lifestyle.
I ask because I’ve been thinking about this a LOT lately. My collection had gotten very lopsided and I needed to refocus. I’m very curious to see what people would choose for themselves.
After nearly 20 years in this hobby I’ve finally got some clarity as to what I’d like my collection to look like long term. I’m reshuffling the deck toward that end, just sold 8 watches, and am focused on exactly which pieces I want to add.
The attached photo is the anatomy of a perfect personal collection in my book, living by Watch Nerd Rule No. 1. “Know thyself, and to thine own self be true.”
I know me. I work a very blue collar job. I’m a casual, classic, understated kind of guy with a focus on quality and value who constantly struggles to balance a desire for minimalism with an admiration of cool stuff. For me a perfect collection is relatively small (but not too small), thoughtful and intentional with a focus on quality and timeless style wherein each piece fulfills a specific role. With that said, these are my choices...
• EXPII - The EXPII is the ideal everyday/travel watch as it provides the date and easy 24-hour military time reference and GMT functionality for work or travel purposes.
• REVERSO - In particular, the Reverso Duo Travel Time serves as both a smart/dress watch and a classy travel alternative to the EXPII when the need arises, and gives me one haute horology piece.
• DJ41 - The Datejust 41 in blue is the perfect flashy-but-not-too-flashy splash of color with a fluted bezel and oyster bracelet for spring and summer. I want the larger 41 specifially because it makes it more sporty and less dressy.
• NOMOS - The Tangente 38 can class up any smart casual attire and adds German watchmaking into the lineup.
• SPEEDY - The Speedmaster is a legend and the natural choice for a casual sporty solution.
• SUB - The Submariner is the easy GADA watch, at home on wrist on any given weekend or beach vacation.
• KHAKI - The Hamilton is an excellent blue collar work watch to pair alongside the EXPII as it offers the date and an easy 24-hour military time reference. It also satisfies my want for a military-styled field/flieger piece.
• SKX - The iconic duo of the jubilee’d SKX009 and oyster’d SKX007 combo gets Seiko in the mix and provides the choice of color or a monochromatic look when I want a truly rugged mechanical tool watch that I don’t mind bashing about.
• G-SHOCK - The classic G-Shock DW5600 is a true beater in every sense of the word. Everyone should have one G-Shock IMO.
That’s the lineup I’m working toward. I still need to get the EXPII, Reverso and DJII (and am about to source a Nomos this week). The other six pieces I already own. This was a fun thought exercise and now I’ve got some definitive direction on which pieces to add next. Now it’s time to execute.
📸: EXPII photo by @bobswatches (which is where I’ll be shopping for a 16570), Datejust 41 photo by @monochromewatches, Nomos and JLC photos by their respective advertising departments, and all the rest by me.