The term ‘peculiar’ is meant to describe something out of the ordinary. Well, today’s episode we are featuring a peculiar guest if I may use such a word. As a female watch enthusiast, @watchgirlnorway sure has a kick-ass collection of vintage Rolexes, Anyway, without further ado, here it is, episode 17 of #wristalk, only on CHRONOMATICK.
watches represent continuity and durability in a society of disposable belongings
A Watch Lady (@watchgirlnorway on Instagram)
How it all started?
I caught the watch bug from a friend a few years ago, and looking back it is somewhat amusing to think about how I initially viewed his watch collection with utter disinterest. Raised eyebrows and blank stares were my standard response to any praise of automatic movements. It took some coaxing, but he finally convinced me to try on his Rolex Submariner; and the rest – as they say – is history. At some point, I found myself actually listening to my friend’s hour-long monologues about the exquisiteness and elegance of his beloved watches, and decided I needed some timepieces of my own.
I gradually became accustomed to wearing a proper wristwatch, and started to appreciate the quality of Swiss watchmaking. While the initial appeal was the looks and design of the different timepieces, I soon began to value the engineering and craftsmanship that goes into the movements.
What was your first watch?
The first watch I remember purchasing was a Casio Baby-G, which I still keep around as a memento of sorts. I bought this in Spain while backpacking across Europe; I believe I was 18 years old at the time. Back then, I never took photographs, so this watch and a useless tattoo are the only tangible keepsakes I have from that trip.
What do watches mean to you?
To me, watches represent continuity and durability in a society of disposable belongings. Most things surrounding us today are items we replace within a relatively short timeframe, which is why I find it appealing to wear something that is made to last for generations on my wrist. Watches can also be a great way to commemorate important life events, or a milestone you have reached.
What is the focus of your collection?
I am all about the practical watch, and will generally prioritize durability and toughness over elegance. Being an active girl (my friends call me reckless), I want my watches to be able to keep up with whatever pace I set for the day. I also like timepieces with some personality too them, which is why I tend to buy vintage. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than a matte dial with an even patina, and small imperfections – like hairlines, or a bracelet with some stretch to it – just adds to the story of that particular piece. I know many disagree with that view, but to me it is all about those “perfect imperfections”.
What was the last watch you bought?
My last purchase was a Rolex Rootbeer GMT-Master, which is a watch I have been lusting over for quite some time. I was ecstatic when I finally found a specimen with all the characteristics I was after, most importantly the “nipple” dial.
Which is your favourite watch in your collection?
There is no favourite, but the one that holds the most sentimental value for me is my Submariner 16610. This will also stay in my collection for practical reasons, as it appears to be indestructible. It is probably clear by now that robustness is one of my favorite qualities in a watch.
What is the dream watch?
There are so many beautiful watches out there and my thoughts on “the holy grail” changes as I learn more about the history of different brands, and with the hours I spend browsing on Instagram. It is safe to say my holy grail has some patina to it though, and possibly a matte dial 😉