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  • BlackrazorNZ
    Club Member
    • Jul 2018
    • 48
    • Auckland, New Zealand

    Any other watch collectors out there?


    (Hope this post isn't against forum rules or anything, I had a read and couldn't find any, but apologies if so).

    As I mentioned in my intro post, I'm slowly winding down my watch collecting hobby I've been focused on for the last 6-7 years, and starting to focus more on barbecuing and the associated equipment.

    Still love watches though, so I'm interested if anyone else there shares that hobby / passion?

    Met some amazing people through watch collecting, and a fair few dweebs as well. You get a lot of people who view it as an opportunity to show off their disposable income (and sometimes their non-disposable!), but the good ones are the ones who, like me, share a passion for mechanics and love the concept of a tiny little precision engineered machine ticking away tirelessly on your wrist.

    At last count I've bought and sold about 183 watches, being what in the hobby is known as a 'serial flipper' - someone who buys a watch, keeps it for a while to enjoy it, then sells it off to bankroll the next one. After a while (and a bit of pain) you learn how to do that without costing much money, and sometimes even making a little bit But that's gone a bit tired after so long, so I've settled down with the 7 I just can't bear to get rid of and I think I'll call it a day at that.

    Anyway, just in case there are others like me out there, thought I might share some of what I've been through over the past 6-7 years or so. These are some of my favourites

  • Mudbeaver
    Former Member
    • May 2018
    • 457
    • Marathon NY

    I’ve always loved the mechanics of clocks/watches, but have too much of a gun collecting problem to afford both, I have a old grandfather clock I sometimes take the top off just to watch the movement


    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      Take a look at Tisell. It's a Korean manufacturer that is reknowned for making incredible watches at the affordable end of the market. You'll get a very well made watch for around $200 USD with a quality Miyota movment, they're accurate and almost unkillable.

    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      e.g. http://shop2.tisellkr.cafe24.com/pro...isplay_group=3

    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      Or a Tissot automatic.
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13550
    • Near Richmond VA
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      Smokenator 1000
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      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    I bought a Rolex GMT master in Hong Kong somewhere around 1972. The dealer was a US Navy approved seller, so I knew it was genuine. I paid ~ $150 for it then and wore it for years, but finally just stuck it in a drawer when it stopped working. The estimate to repair it was $300. I wound up selling it in non working condition ~ 40 years after I bought it and got $300 for it. I don't know if that was a good deal or not, but I was satisfied.


    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      I'd give you the answer for your latter question, but I wouldn't want to ruin your day :P

    • Omega-Man
      Omega-Man commented
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      Would be over $800 today to fix!

    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      Spent a penny on a 1977 Omega seamaster repair a while back. While I am NOT a fan of Rolex, they can many times be a pretty good investment as far as resale goes.
  • Donw
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 3499

    Very nice. I understand the passion. I took up watch repair and building as a hobby when I retired from dentistry I guess to just keep up my skills manipulating small objects. Quite enjoyable. Just built 3 custom watches for my sons as a way of saying thanks to them for growing up so well.


    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      I do amateur repairs but I find I haven't got either the manual dexterity or the patience to custom build something. Bravo if you've done so, I'm jealous
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 6335
    • Virginia
    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
      Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    One question. What is a watch? I thought those things in the picture were used to remind pilots which hand was which! The heavy hand is the left hand......


    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      This is true, except for those who go the Schwarzkopf and have one on each wrist! How do you orient yourself then...
  • SmokeyGator
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 832
    • Miami, FL
    • Primo XL
      Cyberq controller
      Sierra Nevada IPA

    I like automatics. I’m DONE with batteries. But watches aren’t cheap, and I use them to tell the time more so than as jewelry / accessories.

    But I would like to get an automatic with tritium insets on the hands and waterproof to say 100 meters.


    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      My recommendation given your latter comment is to follow the Ball Watch Company on Facebook, their latest business model is to offer pre-orders on their new releases at a very major discount over the forthcoming retail price.

    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      If you're patient, you'll pick up a Swiss made, top quality piece from a brand with solid American heritage, 100m WR, over 1000 gauss magnetic resistance and full tritium tubes, for under $1000 US. Ball make great watches, will last you a lifetime.

    • BlackrazorNZ
      BlackrazorNZ commented
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      For example, I've got an Engineer III Starlight coming - ticks all of your boxes and cost me $840 USD on preorder on their top knotch bracelet, leather or rubber strap versions were cheaper.


  • CaptainMike
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    • Nov 2015
    • 2687
    • The Great State of Jefferson
    • 24X40 Lone Star Grillz offset smoker
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
      Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
      2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
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      20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
      Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
      36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
      Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

    Beautiful watches. G Shocks were the ones I used, but always with an analog face and sweep second hand (needed for assessing vital signs in patients). I retired in 2014 and haven't worn a watch since then.


    • MBMorgan
      MBMorgan commented
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      G Shocks are great watches. I’ve had a few over the years... still got one that fills in for my 55th b’day Tag Heuer when it gets sent to the factory every few years for some TLC.

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      MBMorgan CaptainMike
      +1 on th G Shocks; they were all I wore while in th military, an they withstood all that. Haven't worn a watch since then...I carry a pocket watch, whenever I feel like I might need a timepiece, which ain't very dang often.
      Also, wristwatches, an rings are Bad Juju, workin in electrical panels

    • CaptainMike
      CaptainMike commented
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      Mr. Bones I had 2 G Shocks for a 25 year fire service career that also survived building 2 houses and countless other construction projects. Structure fires, wildland fires, water rescues, car wrecks, sawzalls, demo hammers, etc.... As John Cameron Swayze once said "They take a lickin' and keep on tickin'"
  • Mosca
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 3786
    • PA
    • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

    I have a Rolex Datejust that I won years ago as an incentive at work. I would never buy something like that, but now that I have it I would never part with it, either.

    Interestingly, a new one costs about twice what they did when I got it. I had it cleaned and refurbed last year, cost in the neighborhood of a new bbq toy to do that, but now it’s set for another 10 years or so.


    • Mr. Bones
      Charter Member
      • Sep 2016
      • 10035
      • Kansas Territory
      • Grills / Smokers

        Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
        Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
        Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
        Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
        Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
        Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
        Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
        Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
        Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
        Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
        Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

        Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
        Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
        Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

        Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
        Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
        Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
        Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
        Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
        Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
        (Lime Green)
        Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
        Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!

        Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
        Maverick ET-732, (Black)
        Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
        ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
        Blue ThermaPen Mk4
        Orange Thermapen Mk4
        Pink Thermapen Mk4
        ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
        ThermoWorks Smoke
        ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
        4 Pro Series cable extensions
        Smoke Gateway

        2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
        BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
        Warming shelf
        MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
        Backyard Grill marinade injector
        Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
        Bear Paws
        Meat Rakes
        BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)

        Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
        G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
        '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
        60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
        50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
        Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
        Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

        Cutlery, etc.:
        Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
        Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
        Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
        Multiple steels, from all over the planet
        Crock sticks
        Diamond stones, various
        Lansky Sharpening System

        Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
        Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
        Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

      I collect antique Baby/Big Bens, an also some antique pocket watches.

      Oops, almost fergot to mention, I also have several antique Telechron, an GE sychronous clocks...
      Last edited by Mr. Bones; July 13, 2018, 11:23 PM.


      • Karon Adams
        Charter Member
        • Feb 2015
        • 1515
        • Chattanooga TN
        • Karon Adams
          Consort of the Flame
          Cooking is a Sacred Endeavour
          Big Poppa's Drum conversion
          Maverick wireless meat & grill thermometers
          Thermopen Instant Read Thermometer
          Pit IQ blower

        I don't do watches. frankly, for some reason, I can't stand anything on my wrists. One reason I'll never commit a crime. hand cuffs <shudder> and having to wear one of those plastic bracelets like the hospital things <EEK!>

        anyway, I DO love the precision work that goes into a fine watch or clock.

        I HAVE always wanted to have a particular style of clock made for myself. One that shows the Earth's Northern hemisphere from the POV of above the North Pole (gotta keep an eye on Santa!). I want to set it up as if the sun were at the bottom and, around the Earth, a representation of the Moon. the globe would turn on a 24 hour schedule, with the 6 "o'Clock position always being, actually, where Noon occurs. as well, I want the Moon representation in the proper position to show the relative positions of the Moon to Earth, thus showing the moon phases as we would see them.

        HAven't been able to find anyone to do one for me. But I DO have my Galileo moon phase clock, so, at least, there's that.

        Watchmaking to some seems humble, these days. and, sadly, many people are moving away from mechanical watches. that's sad, IMHO. they are beautiful, precise, complex devices that, with clocks of all types, are the very definitions of scientific progress in the human race.

        Clocks. AMAZING things.


        • Huskee
          • May 2014
          • 15581
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            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
            • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (light blue)
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            • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
            • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

            • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
            • (7) Maverick ET-732s
            • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
            • (1) Smoke X4 by ThermoWorks
            • Thermapen MkII, orange
            • ThermoPop, yellow
            • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
            • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
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            • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

            • Instant Pot 6qt
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            • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
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            • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
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            • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
            • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

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          Originally posted by BlackrazorNZ View Post

          (Hope this post isn't against forum rules or anything, I had a read and couldn't find any, but apologies if so).
          Nope, as long as your post isn't about religion or politics, spam, inappropriate adult content, nudity, etc, then you're good! This is precisely what General Discussion is for!

          And, I'd definitely be a watch collector if I could afford it. You have some very beautiful pieces! I've been trying to find a white (or silver) watch with an orange face and white marks & hands. Must have day & date. I have been very unlucky. Found a couple but they were DCed.


          • BlackrazorNZ
            Club Member
            • Jul 2018
            • 48
            • Auckland, New Zealand

            Originally posted by Huskee View Post
            I've been trying to find a white (or silver) watch with an orange face and white marks & hands. Must have day & date. I have been very unlucky. Found a couple but they were DCed.
            Seiko Orange Gen II Monster?

            Very well regarded. Reasonably readily available and cheap(ish) too.


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            • Polarbear777
              Polarbear777 commented
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              Have one of these in special edition blue. It’s indestructable.

            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              Thanks, it's close to what I'm envisioning. Not perfect, but close.

            • texastweeter
              texastweeter commented
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              tried and true diver right there.
          • Spinaker
            • Nov 2014
            • 10987
            • Land of Tonka
            • John "J R"
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              Minnesota/ United States of America

              Dexter (Beagle mix)
              Kinnick (American Foxhound)

              Big Green Egg (Large) X3
              Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

              Karubeque C-60
              Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
              Lodge L410 Hibachi
              Pit Barrel Cooker
              Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
              R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

              Weber Spirit Gasser
              FireBoard (Base Package)
              Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
              Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

              Big Green Egg Plate Setter
              Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
              Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

              Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
              Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

              Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
              Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
              Eggspander Kit X2
              Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

              Finex Cat Iron Line
              FireBoard Drive
              Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
              Grill Grates
              Joule Water Circulator
              KBQ Fire Grate

              Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
              Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
              Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
              Large Vortex
              Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
              Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
              Smithey No. 12
              Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
              Stargazer No.10, 12
              Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
              Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
              FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
              Kingsford Blue and White
              Rockwood Lump Charcoal
              Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

              Buck 119 Special
              Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

              Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
              Next Major Purchase
              Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

            Well I am not much of a collector, but I have a Tag Heuer Aqua Racer. I love this watch, it was given to me by my father after graduation from college. I was blown away. I love wearing it, built like a tank and it works great on dives.
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            • Karon Adams
              Charter Member
              • Feb 2015
              • 1515
              • Chattanooga TN
              • Karon Adams
                Consort of the Flame
                Cooking is a Sacred Endeavour
                Big Poppa's Drum conversion
                Maverick wireless meat & grill thermometers
                Thermopen Instant Read Thermometer
                Pit IQ blower

              I like sundials.


              • Karon Adams
                Karon Adams commented
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                Me made. But, I LOVE the historical ones. if I could EVER go to India, I'd love to see The Samrat Yantra. said to be accurate to the second. Shadow moves 1 mm per second.

              • texastweeter
                texastweeter commented
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                Talk about handing it down to your grand children!

              • Karon Adams
                Karon Adams commented
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                I've always liked the things that people did long ago before 'everyone' had college educations and mechanical gadgets.that's how I got into soap making and BBQ both. and it's how I came to SunDials. I like things people have used for millennia and I always want to know how the ordinary farmer did it.
            • Bumby
              Club Member
              • Oct 2017
              • 290
              • NYC

              BlackrazorNZ Cool thread. Thanks for sharing your expertise. You have a great collection. I've only had one watch since childhood, a nice Tissot that my parents purchased for me when I was in college. Been wearing that watch everyday since (at least when I'm not in the backyard smoking meat). I've recently been thinking about buying a good, gold watch for when I wear gold plated cufflinks. Would you have a recommendation? Goal would be to spend no more than several hundred to $1000.




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            The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

            NK-22-Ck Grill
            Napoleon's NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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            Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

            Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill
            Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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