Meet The Collection, Version 2


Version 2 of the collection was finalized today when I took delivery of my Mido Ocean Star Titanium. This is the last planned purchase of 2020 (I'm on the fence about another watch, but it can wait until 2021) and as such it takes my collection to what I think is a solid well rounded collection, if a little Swatch Group heavy. But before we get to version 2.0 we have to meet 1.0. 


Version 1.0


Starting from the bottom right we have the Seiko SNK805, a small green field/flieger watch, then the Orient Mako II with a great blue dial and a Pepsi colored bezel, my first titanium watch the Citizen Chandler, my first watch buying mistake my Citizen Flieger, and my first watch a Swiss Army two town dive inspired. Moving up to the second row we have my Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic 44mm, my lovely Bulova Lunar Pilot, and my happy mistake, a Citizen Minute Repeater. 

Some of these watches have made it to version 2.0; the Orient Mako II, the Hamilton, the Bulova, and the Citizen Repeater. Some are still owned by me, but aren't getting wrist time and will be shipped off (hopefully) to another enthusiast, one will be retired, and one has already left the collection. 

Version 2.0 is currently keeping the Orient Mako II (need a nice blue dial watch), the Bulova Lunar Pilot (it's big but I love it), the Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic (the watch that really pushed me to move to Version 2.0) and the Citizen Minute Repeater. And along with those I've added a fair amount this year. My prize watch, the watch I've been semi-lusting over for years, the Hamilton Pilot Day-Date, also known as the Cooper (as it was warn in Interstellar by Cooper) is a mini grail of mine, and I love having this watch. Following that I made an unplanned purchase of the Hamilton Air Race 42mm. I was in a phase where I couldn't consider bring the Interstellar to work with me, but this had kind of the same vibe from it, and I liked the layered dial. This would be my 9 to 5 watch, then Coop would take over. Next up was a watch I swear I saw 20 years ago (at least) and really got me interested in watches; the Citizen Blue Angels. In someways this is a step backwards, but I've enjoyed this watch a lot and I'm glad I've got the one that got me started in the collection. Next up is a watch from a brand that doesn't get much love here in the States, the Certina DS-4 Small Seconds. I wanted two things when I got this watch; a white dialed watch and a small seconds dial. Yes, I have small seconds on both the Bulova and the Blue Angels, but they kind of get lost in the chronograph dial. This is a lovely watch that not many in the States will have, and happens to be my only 4Hz (28,000 beats per hour) movement. And then to finish the collection, the Mido Ocean Star Titanium from another brand that doesn't get much US attention.  

Introducing version 2.0
Version 2.0


So what has become painfully obvious when looking at version 2.0 is that I like bracelets. When I started collecting I didn't think I'd like bracelets. But here I am every watch except for one came on a bracelet. And the one that didn't come on a bracelet (the Bulova Lunar Pilot), I keep entertaining the thought of picking up the bracelet version. What else about 2.0? 5 Swiss Made watches which are also the same 5 from the Swatch Group. 6 automatics and 4 quartz powered watches. 1 Japanese automatic, 3 solar powered quartz watches, 1 ultra high frequency quartz watch, 1 radio controlled watch, 2 chronographs, 2 divers, 4 pilot themed watches, and 2 titanium watches. Over the next handful of blog posts I'll get into why a version 1 watch was replaced with a version 2 watch, and what my thought process was on building version 2.0.


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