The Actions Of A Pro-Active Watch Collector

The Actions Of A Pro-Active Watch Collector

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Richard Brown
Richard Brown

The last few weeks in Lockdown have thankfully had a lesser impact on the lives of many of us in our small village in the Derbyshire Dales.

Of course, the handful of local businesses and 300-year-old pubs which rely on locals and passing tourists have taken a significant hit, but the village population will flock to them as soon as it is safe to do so. We will ensure they survive.

The beautiful natural scenery of the Derbyshire Dales - Image Credit: Richard Brown

The glorious weather has meant that the garden in our little slice of The Dales is more manicured than ever at this stage in the year. We have been out every day for weeks weeding, cutting, trimming, planting, re-laying stones and even venturing down the ancient well to clean it out. Its been a satisfying experience and we now have a blooming garden to enjoy much earlier in the year than normal.


Before the drawer was tidied - Image Credit: Richard Brown [product ids="6280,5914 ,5757"]

But today it is raining, and not quite ready for our planned Lord of the Rings movie marathon, I looked for something to occupy me for an hour. As I opened my watch drawer to bring out today’s choice the answer was staring me in the face. The drawer was a bit of a mess!

See ‘before’ image of which I am not proud...

As I am not actually going anywhere to enjoy my watches most of my automatics have been left unwound during our outdoor work in favour of my indestructible Casio DW290 (possibly the best digital watch Casio has ever made).
In order to remedy this situation, I have engaged this week in the fun routine of wearing a different watch each day. Even though we have still been busy outdoors, all my automatics have had their day in the sun. Weeding with a Chronomat Blackbird, cleaning the well out with a Geckota S-01 and garden arch construction with a Seamaster! There is some wisdom here. I realised that many of the autos had been inoperative for weeks and I do like to keep my Calibre 1120 movements more active than that! And as the days have been exceptionally sunny, I have also been treated to wonderful, multi-coloured, watch lume shows every evening.


The watch drawer organised - Image Credit: Richard Brown [product ids="4970,6209 ,4328"]

Whilst the garden is hardly an extreme environment, some straps have proven to be more comfortable than others when you are hot. For example, the Rolex Oyster bracelet soon became sweaty and tight and the Speedmaster’s leather was clammy within an hour. Therefore as an addendum to my watch exercise I have had a ZULUDIVER Military style strap bonanza and swapped everything that could take a military style strap onto a different strap which was very good fun and gave some of the watches a totally different and unexpected look. Indeed, my Omega Seamaster 300 is off its titanium strap for the first time ever and looks resplendent on a black ZD Sailcloth.

An hour later and the drawer has been tidied and my watches are all in their designated places. As I take the ‘after’ photo I am pleased with a job well done. Perhaps you should try it yourself? If you have time on your hands, I can certainly recommend the military style strap changing session. Tomorrow looks like heavy rain all day so I will enjoy opening the immaculate drawer in the morning and selecting something appropriate with which to accompany The Fellowship of the Ring.

“Let’s hunt some Orc”.

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About the Author: Richard Brown

I truly believe one of the best partners in exploration and adventure is a fine watch. Over 30 years of collecting, my fascination with the technical capabilities of both vintage and modern timepieces has never abated and it is a privilege to be able to share this passion through writing.

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