How old are you? 28
What do you do for a living?
By day, I'm an IT Sourcing Advisor. We're a small (9 person) company that assists clients in the negotiation process of purchasing large scale IT software or services. By night, I write for Gear Patrol's Timekeeping section and I'm the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Wound For Life.
What got you interested in watches and what do you love about them?
I've been interested in watches since I was a kid. I can recall wearing my Timex Expedition with a green nylon and brown leather strap -- probably at the age of 8 or so. My parents always wore watches and that appreciation rubbed off on me I guess. I'd say in the last 20 years, less days have gone by where I didn't wear a watch than the other way around.
It's only been the last several years where I found my love for mechanical watches. I started to learn more about the technical aspects and realized how incredible they are. For their size, watch movements are some of the most complex machines we've (well, certainly not me) created -- it boggles my mind when I look through the caseback of something like the Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time (Below) and think about the fact it was hand assembled and finished. I have a hard enough time putting together an IKEA coffee table! I love that I can wear such an impressive piece of mechanical equipment on my wrist, and essentially take it wherever I go. You can't do that with very many things.
Do you have a favorite watch brand? If so, what is it and why?
This is a tough one, like a favorite movie question. If I'm going vintage, Rolex, Omega, and Heuer have to be my favorites. Vintage Rolex because of how iconic they are, and then Omega and Heuer because they provided some of the most awesome and bizarre chronographs back in the 1970s.
If I'm going for new watches, I think Omega is leading the charge in their price range, in terms of innovation and proper responses to consumer demands. Above Omega, I can't help but admire Lange. I will likely never be able to afford one, but what they do is very important in maintaining the relevance of (semi) mass-produced haute horlogerie. Below Omega, I'm a big fan of what NOMOS and Damasko are doing (man, I really love German watches). In house movements under $5K? Yes, please!
What watch(es) are getting your wrist time lately?
My ref 16800 matte dial Submariner gets the most wrist time. Second to the Sub is my vintage Omega Soccer Timer -- one of those bizarre 1970s chronographs I mentioned.
What watch that you own or owned had the best story you could share?
The watch that I will never part with is my USAF Stealth Luminox [pictured below]. My parents got it for me during my senior year of high school, after they found out I would be doing Air Force ROTC while at college. It's a great watch that joined me on many adventures (like skydiving out of a helicopter in Switzerland). It's still hanging around, and it definitely deserves more frequent wrist time.
What advice would you give someone just starting out as a watch enthusiast?
For those just getting into watches, take your time (yes, I realize that's a pun). Seriously, the amount of information out there is overwhelming, so just keep reading and reading. I'd also like to relay some sage advice from my best friend and W4L co-founder, Neil Wood. If you miss a chance at a watch for whatever reason, no worries, there's always another train coming.
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