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For myself, and my buddies at Timezone.com and WatchProSite.com, I have set up my own little web watch collection site. This has been really fun to do and like collecting itself, is an ongoing project. Some collections have a theme. The only theme of my collection seems to be that I keep the watches that I just can not get rid of no matter how much money they command in the market or how little wear they actually get. Some of them like my Grandfather's Elgin or my Dad's 224 Accutron are heirlooms and their value to me is more than their aesthetic beauty or horological interest and one or two I think are just cool for some reason or other that I just can't put a finger on. Like all of us who love watches, I find that there is a heartbeat and a personality imbued in them by their makers that is hard to describe to someone who doesn't share the same enthusiasm.

My watches are all manual wind or automatics. In this high tech, split-atom precision and micro-mini world, these machines are perhaps conceptually dinosaurs. In fact I have two watches that are chronologically antiques .To be sure their ingenious construction and finely tuned parts make them amazingly accurate, along the lines of +or- a few seconds a day. But I actually often check their accuracy and recalibrate them using the cell phone I carry with me almost everywhere I go. Although I do own 2 beautifully designed model 1911 Ebel quartz watches and a Mickey Mouse Jubilee that seem to have managed to escape from the auction block thus far, I do not generally like to wear a timepiece that is battery operated or with anything like quartz or silicone precision. In fact the only other analog timekeeper in my watch case that approaches that kind of accuracy is the battery powered tuning fork Accutron. While a quartz timepiece will most times outperform a "mechanical" watch (and depending on your needs by a rather wide margin indeed), those machines seem to me to be lifeless copies in much the same way that a computerized synthesizer may imitate the sound of a Steinway grand piano.

Although the accurate chronicling of time is logically the whole point of any timepiece, it is not the reason I wear one. There, are of course, simple, inexpensive and some beautifully designed wristwatches capable of automatically recalibrating themselves from the signals emitted by our national atomic clocks. Nor do I, on the other hand, necessarily wear a watch as jewelry or for the prestige of the brand name signed on the dial although I admit that aspect is not entirely unappealing. Ultimately though it the artistry of the design and my respect for the ingenuity of the engineering inside the case that is the main part of the satisfaction when I strap on one of these analog masterpieces.   

No matter what the situation or the occasion, I feel naked without a timepiece on my wrist and when I am particularly out of sorts or uncomfortable or just plain squirrelly, putting on an old favorite or a brand shiny new acquisition is like calling up an old friend for a chat. Corny I know, but I can not tell you how many watch aficionados will tell you exactly the same thing in one way or another.

For those of you who, like me, appreciate the art of fine movements, design and aesthetics in watch making, have a look at some of my favorites (the ones I can afford to own that is):     

Acutron

Ball

Breitling 1

Glashutte Original 3

IWC (International Watch Company)

Kobold

Officine Panerai 1

Rolex

Ulysse Nardin 4

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Last modified: 01/17/11                                                                            all photography copyright   F.S. Glick 2000 - 2008