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  • Writer's picturePhilip Dashiell

My Ever Changing Tide Of Watch Collecting Preferences

Wrist shot of the Tsikolia, GT40 Racing Chronograph, Limited Edition.  Paired with a custom, beaded bracelet, designed by Beads By Gonzo.
Tsikolia, GT40 Racing Chronograph, Limited Edition

At the start of this year, I had one of those ebbs within the watch collecting hobby, not really having an anticipated next direction, for my collection to take. Like many fellow collectors, my watch hobby has progressed, or matured through various stages. And if you stay in the game long enough, you may find yourself at a similar crossroads.

Initially, as a newbie collector, I coveted and tried to purchase every single watch, within and out of my budget, that I laid my eyes on. Learning very quickly that this was not a very sustainable plan for longevity within the hobby, LOL. I then began concentrating on specific genres of watches, with dive watches definitely being my emphasis early on, and putting in the requisite research to minimize the impulse buys. Through the years I've bounced between dive watches and pilot watches as my focus, and recently (within the past year), I've began to gravitate towards racing chronographs, many with Gulf-Racing color motifs.

My thoughts as 2019 roared-in, would I continue in the direction of the racing chronos, would I delve into collecting Russian brands, or perhaps wade into the uncharted waters (for me) of vintage timepieces? And to be honest, as we are close to reaching the mid-way point of 2019, I'm still largely undecided on the next patch of direction for my watch collecting hobby. But at the end of the day, that's part of the whole fun with watch collecting, or any hobby for that matter, relishing the process, experiencing the many different watch brands and designs, hands-on, and enjoying the journey, no matter where it leads.

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