When buying and ultimately collecting watches over the years, sometimes you get yourself a model that you think will be the one. You know a “perhaps this is it” moment when the watch you’ve just strapped on your wrist is, for you, as good as it gets. That’s it, settle back and in the realization that you’ve just got your personal modern holy grail, start the process of slowly selling off the lesser models and call it a day.
Maybe just keep those very few, “landmark” models, that have particular significance for you.
Well that moment may just have been reached, at least for modern watches. And here I have to quantify what is modern to me, which I suppose it’s from the day I bought my Breitling Aerospace, which was 1999 and funnily enough that was my grail watch back then.
But as I collect both modern and vintage model, this may not really be the end of the day, but it could be the last “modern” watch purchase I make.
If I consider todays technology with new and amazing complications as “modern”, then it’s probably true that this Citizen cc etc etc will be the last one. Maybe as I can’t see anything really being much better, certainly from my personal requirements. And let’s be clear, this watch gives the correct and always accurate Time, Day and Date, anywhere, anytime – period! It’s easy to read day or night and is super simple to use. As the definition of what a watch does – it’s about as good as it gets.
You simply get it and forget it. . . . . . . . . . . . .
I have to admit that Citizen have done an amazing job with this model – it’s not cluttered to look at, and thats’s a feat in itself (check out other satellite models around), it’s easy to tell the time (anywhere), it’s not too big and what more do you need or want for that matter.
But that might just be the point and certainly as a silly old eclectic (and perhaps eccentric) collector and it makes me start to question why I collect watches in the first place.
For once you’ve got the watch that does it all – what’s next?
Well for me it’s maybe time to slowly sell off some of my older “modern” models – this will clear some of the clutter, both collection wise and in my mind plus (and this is a very big plus) AND help me finance any new purchases too, which has to be helpful!
So many watch models were a product of their time and the limits of technical possibility I suppose and that’s one of the attractions. They have limitations which can be quirky and interesting and maybe that’s the beauty of collecting.
Yes maybe that is just the point – it’s all a question of TIME.
OK, so here’s the deal – My true vintage watch collecting will carry on absulutely, especially in regard to watches from the early 1900’s to perhaps the early 1950’s.
And I’m still very interested in those zany Digital watches from the Golden period 1970’s to mid 1990’s, as it was such an interesting period in watch experimentation.
And as for modern, whilst I will cut back a bit, I’ll always check out any classic models that come along that simply take my fancy, but mostly can show some elegance and style as my guide.
Buy Hey! I’ve said all this BS before and who am I kidding – it’ll never happen! because if I see it and like it, I might just go and buy it! 😉