The Watches We Wore the Most in 2017

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We don’t often talk about our personal collections here on Worn & Wound (though we do dabble a bit on the podcast), but with 2017 nearing its end, we thought it’d be fun to highlight the watches the W&W team wore the most this past year. As usual, we’d love to hear from our readers, too, so let us know which watches graced your wrists the most in 2017 in the comments section below.

Ilya Ryvin – Sinn 356

This was a bit of a tough one to figure out, but I think I can safely say the star of 2017 was my Sinn 356. This is my everyday-beater—a solid tool watch in a perfectly sized case that looks damn good on all sorts of straps, and for those reasons alone it’s taken up quite a bit of wrist real estate over the past year.

Now, I’ve gotten some real doozies over the last six months, among them an Omega FOIS Speemaster (a wedding gift from my wife) and an Autodromo x Worn & Wound Group B (a gift from the team), so 2018 may look a little different, but the 356 will definitely be a rock in the rotation.

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Brandon Cripps – TimeFactors Speedbird III

In a year that saw lots of big changes in my collection, the watch that I found myself coming back to more than any other was my TimeFactors Speedbird III. This watch has everything I need and nothing I don’t—clean dial with maximum legibility, mid-size steel case, sturdy and comfortable bracelet, subdued date, and reliable performance. I could happily wear it any day of the week, and I often do.

Christian Alexandersen – Seiko SRP773

The Seiko SRP773 has been strapped to my wrist more than any other watch I own, though I only bought it in September. There’s plenty of reasons for that. The 44.3mm cushion case perfectly fits my 7.5-inch wrist, and blue watches always seem to match what I’m wearing, whether it’s jeans and a hoodie or khakis and a tie. The Seiko Turtle reissue also allows me to wear a vintage-inspired piece without paying the inflated price for the actual vintage model. Finally, I just love the way the watch looks and feels. The styling, the weight, the design—the Seiko SRP773 may be the perfect watch for me.

Jon Gaffney – Seiko 6117-8000

2017 saw a number of pieces pass into and out of my collection, and with that came a rotation of what was on my wrist most days. There was one piece that stood out for both the time I wore it (disproportionately high) and the inspiration it fostered (more vintage Seiko). That piece was the Seiko 6117-8000 “NavigatorTimer” I stumbled across over the summer. The “NavigatorTimer” example I have is a a true sock drawer find dating from 1969 with an unmarred bezel, original bracelet (with spare links!) and a flawless dial and handset that still give off a dim glow. While it was tempting to leave it in the watch box for safe keeping given its condition, I went the other direction and used it as my travel watch on a number of trips to different locales, domestic and international. It’s a watch I don’t ever see leaving my collection.

Mark McArthur-Christie – Omega Chronostop

The Omega Chronostop is, without doubt, the most useless chronograph ever.  Being able to time just a single minute, it’s about as practical as a jelly watch crystal. But the cal. 865 inside is a beauty and, essentially, a simplified cal. 861 Speedmaster engine. The dial and hands manage to be simultaneously gorgeously detailed and at-a-glance legible. And it’s from the days when Omega made some of the best watches in the world. It’s barely been off my wrist all year.

Brad Homes – Stowa Prodiver

The blue Stowa Prodiver was on my wrist more than any other watch in 2017. It is tall, and it is flat, but the lightness of the titanium makes for a comfortable watch. A new bronze bezel recently released by Stowa has given the Prodiver a new personality with the rich bronze playing off against the blue dial and dull blasted titanium. It has a great chance of being my most worn watch next year, too.

Zach Weiss – Omega Speedmaster ref. 3592

My most worn watch of 2017? Well, that’s easy. It’s my Speedmaster 3592. I’ve honestly had a hard time not wearing the watch as I tend to miss it when I wear something else for longer than a few hours. Of all the watches I’ve purchased, the Speedmaster really has been the most satisfying for a few reasons. First, I wanted it for the longest amount of time, pining over them for several years. Second, I had to let go of some other watches I really liked to fund it, so in a way there is more built-in emotional value. Third, it just looks so damn good on every strap and with every outfit. Basically, it’s just a perfect go-to watch for me.

Christoph McNeill – Seiko SBDX001 Marine Master 300

While I’m primarily a “vintage guy,” I have to admit that my most worn watch of 2017 would be my 2011 Seiko SBDX001 Marine Master 300 (MM300) diver. It’s my go-to watch (I love my vintage pieces, but I admit I do baby them.) The obvious reasons are that as a modern diver, it is robust enough to wear any day or time and pretty much while doing any task. I don’t have to worry about getting it wet or tweaking any delicate part, and I don’t worry too much about banging or scratching it. Hey, I could easily replace it if something catastrophic happened to it. I constantly change between the OEM bracelet and a plethora of straps including an Isofrane rubber, Drew canvas, MJ Leather and K-Straps Shrapnel leather straps. This watch looks good on just about anything. And just for fun, I would say that my most-worn vintage watch is a three-way tie between the 1979 Tudor Snowflake, the 1980 Omega Speedmaster and the 1980 Seiko 6309-7049. Too many watches and not enough days in the year!

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Sean Lorentzen – Seiko 6138-8039 “John Player Special”

Every good watch collector has their crown jewel—that shining example that comes to define the entire stable. For me, that’s always been the Seiko 6138-8039 “John Player Special.” It’s not exactly a new addition, being a constant part of my lineup for almost five years now. This year more than ever, though, the JPS has been the cornerstone of my collection. 2017 saw me go from a single Caliber 6138 example to four (two 6138-300X “Jumbos”, one black, one petrol blue, and an additional museum-piece John Player Special), along with a host of other new additions, but something about the quality and distinctive design of the JPS always keeps it on the wrist. Here’s hoping it tops my list again next year!

Hung Doan – Omega Speedmaster ref. 3570.50

Most worn watch—that’s a no-brainer. It’s my ref. 3570.50 Speedmaster Professional that I bought 20-plus odd years ago. It has always been in my main rotation for those two decades and I wear it at least three times a week. It is the most versatile watch that takes on different personalities depending on what shoes you put on it. Also, its appeal is that it’s not fussy. There is no date wheel to mess around with in the morning, and all you have to do is wind it up and you’re good to go. With many watches in rotation, the manual wind nature of the Speedmaster is its most endearing quality, and this appreciation grows over time as you accumulate more watches.

ZQ Chia – King Seiko 56S

My most worn watch of 2017 has got to be my King Seiko 56S. It ticks all my boxes. It’s a solid vintage piece with a distinctive “Grammar of Design” case, and my example is clean enough to retain all the great planes and lines of the design. The 5621 movements is solid, too, and it’s survived the years much better than its higher beat cousins would have. Also, the no-date design preserves the symmetry of the dial. I also scored this one for a good price so I don’t feel like babying it, and it’s been my daily beater.

Allen Farmelo – Bell & Ross BR-123 GMT 24HR 42mm

When Bell&Ross emerged during the 1990s, I was smitten with how they riffed, and even improved, on classic designs. Out of my price range back in the day, I finally got a B&R earlier this year. The BR-123 GMT 24HR 42mm is an overt riff on the Rolex Explorer II GMT 42mm, but Bell & Ross makes this design their own by narrowing the bezel, applying their signature large-scale Panerai-esque numerals, reducing the bug-eye’d Rolex date display to a mere pinhole at 4:30, and polishing the case to a mirror finish. Of all the BR-123s, this was my least favorite in photos and my absolute favorite on my wrist. Though it ships with a supple rubber strap, I love this watch on leather. I’ve been wearing it on a W&W Single Pass in Amber for months, and it goes with almost any outfit or occasion.

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