For many of us, the entry to watch enthusiasm can be traced to a single watch or moment that proceeded to set the tone of our collections and serve as the foundation of our taste. For some that watch or moment may be embarrassing, for others, defining. The moment responsible for pulling me deeper into this world was a hands-on experience with a vintage Submariner, reference 5512. This watch, and its impossibly romantic history, spoke to me and, for better or worse, cast the die of my collecting motivations for years to come. Looking back, it’s a rather unremarkable entry point, and one that I undoubtedly share with many others. “Oh, a vintage Sub got you into watches? You don’t say…” eye roll
Now, I have no shame in that (this was well before the explosion of vintage Rolex prices, after all), and I still love a good Sub, vintage or modern, to this day. Very original, I know. But with time came more experiences with a wide range of watches, many of which appealed to me for very different reasons than a Sub. The more watches I encountered, the more fleshed out “my lane” became. I’d call the Sub the center point of that lane. Today, over a decade later, that lane is still taking shape almost everyday. An edge-shift here and there with every new corner I round.