The 3 Watch Collection for $5,000: Reader Edition – ittellsthetime

Editor’s Note: In this edition of the 3 Watch Collection for $5,000, long time reader and favorite podcast commenter, ittellsthetime (find them on Instagram @ittellsthetime) shares their ideal three watch collection that revolves around a steadfast resolve to nail the perfect dress, sport, and tool watches for any and ever time and place. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a job well done here. 

If you’d like to submit your own 3 watch collection for $5,000 can you do so at the form right here.

My entire watch collection revolves around the “3 watch collection” philosophy.  What does this mean exactly? It means that I truly feel that with a proper 3 watch collection there is no instance that a man should find himself without the proper watch to wear for the occasion.  Of course, I am not saying that you should only own 3 watches. That would be blasphemy and most of you would stop reading right here. I am also not taking into account sentimental pieces or being a true collector that collects various references of the same model, etc.  I am merely presenting the philosophy that a 3 watch collection consisting of one dress watch, one sport watch, and one tool watch is all a man truly needs. Let’s get into it a bit deeper.

Cartier Tank Solo WSTA0028 – $2,610

Credit: ittellsthetime


The Cartier Tank checks all my boxes for a dress watch. It comes from a brand with a storied heritage, it has a gorgeous dial with elegant roman numerals, and it does not fuss around with a date window or even a second hand.  Yes, admittedly, I would prefer a mechanical movement, but with my budget and the fact that I don’t have to look down and see a quartz “tick” I was able to see past the quartz movement at the magnificent piece of art and horological history that is the Cartier Tank.

Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 – $2,240

This watch will obviously have to be pre-owned and you won’t be able to be picky at this price, but with some hunting and patience it can be done. The Omega Speedmaster is arguably the most iconic chronograph ever created and the history of the Speedy speaks for itself. It works on both a bracelet and many different straps so you’ll always be able to dress it appropriately for the situation.

Casio G-Shock GA2100ske-7A – $110

Lastly, you need a G-Shock.  This is the only time I will specify the actual type of watch that someone should buy.  Why? Because it’s a G-Shock! You’re working on your car…G-Shock. You’re going hiking…G-Shock.  Mowing the lawn?…G-Shock. You’re going skiing/wakeboarding/rock climbing…G-Shock. I could literally list endless physical activities in which your wrist would break before the G-Shock would. I specifically chose the “Casioak Jellyoak” because I’m in love with the design, it’s the thinnest and lightest G-Shock ever created, and since it’s colorless, it literally goes with anything you’re wearing.

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