EP26 – #Wristalk – Chris (@gmtfanatic)

On today’s episode of #wristalk we have Chris from the #watchfam, with his story of how he got into the world of watches and is an avid fan of Rolex. A person who loves traveling himself, it is no surprise that there is a Rolex GMT in the midst of his collection!

Today, we are proud to present Chris for EP26 of #wristalk, only on Chronomatick. Enjoy!

-Zack-

“it’s the only real jewelry (beside bracelets) for a man.”

How it all started?

One of my biggest idols and caregiver was my grandfather. He wore a Rolex Air-King 14000 in steel from 1996 with a plain champagne dial and flat bezel in 36mm. This gave me a little start, but the real bug bit me when my best friend and motivator came in and presented me his Rolex GMT Master II. It was love at first sight, from that moment I began to dig deeper in the world of watches, watchmaking, brands and value plus performance of mechanical watches.

rolex air king
The king of the sky,Rolex Air-King 14000

What was your first watch?

My first mechanical watch was an Ingersoll with a very special dial, given to me by my mother. It is powered by a seagull movement and was my companion for nearly 7 years without any serious problems. I haven’t had much experience and knowledge in mechanical watches back then, so I took it with me practically very where I went, even when I went out bike riding. It is still in my possession to this day, but it doesn’t ticks as well as it used to. To this day I still adore the separation of the hour and minute hand very much. A quick glance on the hour dial is enough for me to tell the time.

Ingersoll
Ingersoll,notice the unique separation between the hour and the minute hands

What do watches mean to you?

Watches mean a lot to me. First of all it’s the only real jewelry (beside bracelets) for a man, and many were passed down throughout generations. When it comes to watches, I believe in passion. On one hand, there can be a passion due to an emotional attachment to the watch.

On the other hand, there can be passion in serious watchmaking, craftsmanship, and the artistic sentimental value to it, such as tiny gears and screws working in harmony, a power saving spring that harnessed its energy by way of momentum that symbolizes eternity, or perhaps a real appreciation towards the idea of multiple miniature parts coming together forming a wonderful instrument of time all by way of human hands.

Personally I’m a huge Rolex fan, what pains me the most is the fact that many people tend to pin its value on the name brand as opposed to giving recognition to the craftsmanship that was put into it that makes Rolex one of the finest timepieces in the world of horology.

This same group of individuals tends to judge you based on your watch, without putting any thoughts towards your passion. The same people would tend to portray a condescending attitude towards an ‘old watch’ regardless that it’s a ‘Patek’ merely due to the fact that  it’s an old watch, because they do not share a common Interest with the wearer towards horology for them to truly appreciate the real value of  it.

I do not contest the fact that there are a lot of people who wears a Rolex due to its social status that comes along with it, but on the very least I dare say that it’s not a bad investment. However I believe that the real ‘ballers’ are the ones who would invest as much if not more on a Sellita powered  Hublot.

I’m proud to admit that Rolex is not the only brand that has found itself into my heart. Beside other Swiss manufactures, I’m a huge fan of the “watchmaking made in Germany”.While A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original are creating flagships, there is another manufacturer that incorporates in-house-movements and had managed to come up with beautiful designs over the years, such as NOMOS Glashütte and not forgetting minimal watch designs that was inspired by the modern Bauhaus Design from the early 20th century, which I believe to be among the best you can get for the money, no doubt about that.

nomos
NOMOS Tangente Date

Moving on with the topic of passion I find that my passion stretches into the area of the so called ‘blue chip’ watches. As I’ve stated earlier, besides the elegant designs of these watches, it’s also a profitable investment since you’ll always get your money’s worth, and not to mention that a time piece of such exquisite design deserves plenty of wrist time.

They say a GMT is made for traveling, with that being said, you can bet that my GMT is always with me no matter where I go. Besides Europe, my GMT has been my travelling partner when I was in Medellín, as well as when I was on the beaches of Cartagena and at the abandoned Hacienda, which happens to be the playing ground of one of the former most powerful drug lords Pablo Escobar in Colombia.

hacienda
Where Pablo Escobar used to call home.
gmt in colombia
You don’t need a travelling partner when you have Rolex GMT master.

What is the focus of your collection?

My collection has just started. At the time of writing this entry I only own two watches of a luxury brand being the Rolex GMT and the Rolex Datejust besides My first mechanical watch the Ingersoll and my Casio G-Shock Rangeman. So as far as I can say I focus on quality, stable value watches and a design that speaks to me personally. I don’t indulge in making bad investments thus I choose my watches wisely.

gmt green nato
A stunning combination between green NATO and the black dial really portrays the true beauty of this Rolex GMT
datejust
Quality speaks louder than quantity Rolex Datejust

What was the last watch you bought?

It was the Rolex Datejust 16234 from 1997 pre-owned which I bought in the summer of 2015 in Berlin. Despite being a pre-owned watch, it was in perfect condition, it has never been polished with a beautiful blue dial, it even came in a beautiful box with all of the papers included, and the cherry on it was that it even came with an original Rolex cotton cloth.

rolex datejust
The stunning looking Datejust with a blue dial

Which is your favourite watch in your collection? 

 I don’t have a specific favorite watch per say, they all mean a lot to me. The GMT being my daily watch, followed by the Datejust which I put on for special occasions, and my G-Shock Rangeman is what I put on when I’m at the gym as well as my outdoor companion.

GMT Master 2
Daily-beater Rolex GMT

What is the dream watch?

I would need a “Grail Shelf” if I have collected all my dream watches. So I figured that I would list my top three. My first choice will be the. A. Lange & Söhne Terraluna, second on my list would be the Rolex Sky-Dweller white gold on a black alligator strap, and last but far from the least would be the Rolex Daytona in rose gold with a brown dial fitted on a brown crocodile leather strap.

Lange-Richard-Lange-Ewiger-Kalender-Terraluna-Perpetual-Calendar-Terraluna-Weissgold-white-gold-180-026.jpgThe A. Lange & Sohne ‘Terraluna’

rolex skydweller
Take on the skies with a Rolex Sky-Dweller
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