Are you a collector? Are you a hoarder? Technically if you have more than a couple of watches, you collect – as all those articles discussing "the perfect three-watch collection" provide evidence to.
Orient is definitely a brand that lends itself to collectors; the great variety of models, and the generally affordable range of prices, mean that the typical watch enthusiast does not need to hold back on adding another item to his watch box now and then. And that box doesn't have to be particularly fancy, we're not looking at a high-end watch winder and safe set here! We're keeping it modest.
So, how do you collect?
Some follow a theme. I know this guy who has every Seiko diver since 62MAS. From each family of divers he has one per year. 1965, 1966, 1967… Some of them really look the same to me, but I appreciate the tenacity. Personally, I could not spend so much time (and money) on sourcing so many watches that are so similar. I think there are so many designs, colors, styles, and materials out there… I need the variety.
Some tick boxes. They know they need a diver, a dress watch, a beater or tool watch, perhaps a chronograph or a GMT… they make sure they have one (or more) of each type. I actually dig this, though it could make one a bit preoccupied with checking a box, while missing out on other nice watches that could actually fit their lifestyle better.
Many methods of collecting then… For me, I have one main rule, which is to diversify as much as possible. I don't focus on one particular style, colorway, era, size, and so on. I don't really even focus on the brand; I keep returning to Orient as I feel I know the brand and its history well, and I prefer to make knowledgeable purchases. But I do have plenty of watches from other makers, Japanese, Swiss, and other countries.
Out of the diversity emerges the versatility of the collection. Even when limiting myself to just the Orients I have, I can find a match for every occasion. And every color.
Another rule I follow, is that watches are meant to be worn. I do not buy safe queens, and I do not buy a watch if its mechanical or cosmetic condition means I am unlikely to wear it. This also means I do sometime have to regrettably pass on interesting opportunity to get vintage models that might be cool, but are simply too small!
Yes, some of the items in my collection are gentler than others. Some I'll only put on indoors, working in the office, and not on a day out. Some I'd be more careful with near water. But they all get wrist time.
What about you? How do you collect? You're welcome to comment, here, or on the Facebook/IG post that brought you here J
Great to see photos of your Orients. It would be good to see Orient do more different case shapes again.ReplyDelete
I don't see myself as having a watch collection, because there is no theme to my watches. I've deliberately bought watches with different styles and movements and no more than one watch from any particular brand. Over time I've found out what my favourite style of watch is, so I could perhaps now settle on a collecting theme.
Indeed. I'd love a new cushion-cased Orient... enjoy your collection!Delete
I worry that collecting too many would mean I wouldn't appreciate the ones I have as much and they would just end up staying in the box all the time. I have an Orient Sun and Moon as a dress watch, an Orient Kamasu as an everyday watch, a G-shock Casioak as a beater and a couple of really cheap Casio watches that make me laugh and start conversations. I will probably add more over time.ReplyDelete
Best are the ones that make you laugh and start conversations! Maybe not the best watches but possibly the best purchases.Delete
They provide the most joy per dollar and isn't that the whole point of collecting? :-)Delete
For my job i import many thing from Japan. Of course, watch is part of my importation personnaly. And i like the diversity of orient watch. I prefere buy watch in bad condition to restore them. I just bought an orient grand prix almighty 64 triostat in gold version. I bought this one because the screen is different of the other "same" model. I like when there are some detail less common.ReplyDelete
A link to show you pictures of this grand prix : https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/old-orient-grand-prix-almighty-64-jewels-triostat-60s.5448674/#post-55803361. I will take good pictures that could be add to the very good post : http://orientplace.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-orient-grand-prix.htmlDelete
Just saw it! Lovely piece. Hopefully movement in good condition as well?Delete
i need to open it. She work, a little to slow, but all seem to be fineDelete
I updated the poste with inside picture of the movement.Delete