It is said that a man only needs three watches: the day watch – the watch that suits his occupation and is worn everyday, the beater or dress-down timepiece – the go-to tool watch which is worn everywhere from the beach to the great outdoors, and the dress watch – a watch geared for special occasions and formal events. Some however say that the size of the watch collection should instead be one less than the wife can’t stand.
I tend to agree with the former, that is, I prefer a small watch collection, prioritizing quality over quantity.
Currently, I have a collection of one watch (or two if you count my running watch, Polar FS2). It’s not really a collection yet, so I have been thinking of pieces to buy to make it a real collection. I thought of several themes, such as an all-Rolex collection, an all-Swiss made collection, an Axis watches collection (a German, an Italian, and a Japanese triumvirate watch collection), an ultimate watch in each category collection (the ultimate dress watch, the ultimate sports watch, the ultimate beater watch, the ultimate complication, and/or the chronograph watch), or an earth, sky, and sea tool watch collection (a pilot watch, a diver or boater watch, and a land watch).
Interestingly, some watch brands indeed offer an earth, sky, and sea collection categories such as Seiko Prospex and Terra Cielo Mare. In both brands, earth watches are equipped with a rotating bezel that can be used as a compass, and sea watches have water-proofing systems. Seiko Prospex sky watches are equipped with a trigonometric slide rule for calculations in flight, which are obviously inspired by the Breitling Navitimer, the ultimate pilot watch. Tierra Ciello Mare sky watches, on the other hand, are designed like the classic pilot watches.
Since I already have a Rolex Explorer, an all-Rolex, earth, sky, and sea collection came into my mind.
For the sky, I picked the Rolex GMT Master over the Rolex Sky-Dweller, because it is more attainable and has better history. The Rolex GMT Master was initially introduced in 1955 for the pilots of Pan Am, the Great American Airline. It is a two-time-zone watch with an arrow-tipped 24-hour hand and a graduated rotatable bezel and is ideal for intercontinental travelers.
For the sea, I picked the Rolex Submariner which is the ultimate dive watch and the first to be water-proof to a depth of one hundred meters. The current incarnation is rated water-proof up to a depth of three hundred meters. It is an intensely classical watch and needs no further introduction. Famous wearers include James Bond and Che Guevarra.
And for the earth, the picked the Rolex Explorer, the ultimate sports watch designed for long treks and climbing mountains.
While an all-Rolex, earth, sky, and sea tool watch collection would be impressive, it will however not be practical since I can only wear one watch at a time. Specifically, while all three watches are versatile enough to be dress watches, day watches, and beater watches (maybe not beater watches considering their costs), they all look and feel the same. In fact, the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex GMT Master appear to be mere upgrades of the Rolex Explorer.
I thus dropped this idea and came to the conclusion to build an earth, sky, and sea collection, which is also an ultimate watch in the essential category collection, that is, an ultimate day watch, an ultimate dress watch, and an ultimate beater watch. All watches must be as different from each other, and all watches must also be intensely classical and iconic. This ultimate three watch collection will be discussed in my next post.
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