A 22 Year Old’s Very Vintage Collection

Article By: Logan Hannen

Sep 25, 2018

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to be diving into the ultra-vintage collection of a 22 year old watch geek named Michael.

Michael’s first piece was gifted to him when he was 16. It’s a 30mm, 10k gold Wittnauer that belonged to his grandfather (and you know how much we love a good family heirloom here at T&H), who gave it to his mother and, eventually, she passed it on to Michael. He mentioned that, at first, 30mm seemed near microscopic, but it didn’t take long for him to catch up to the idea of the smaller size being part of the charm of vintage pieces and, from there, he went in even deeper.

The two pieces above, an Optima with an ETA caliber inside and the Venus next to it (along with another Venus, not pictured) came, interestingly, from what Michael described as a “bag of watches” that his brother’s godmother had brought over from the US on a trip after cleaning out her father’s house. Nobody was interested in them, and she thought they were all just “old junk” and, as such, the bag was Michael’s for the taking. Lots of replaced crystals, new straps, and servicings later, and now the two Venus’ are Michael’s everyday watches. Little bit of elbow grease goes a long way, kids.

Michael’s first luxury piece came in the form of a Tudor Black Bay Burgundy, a watch I’m personally a huge fan of. He went out of his way to find an ETA version because of what he considered to be the classic story of the ETA version, it being such a tool watch that it couldn’t even be concerned with developing its own movement. I love that idea myself, and think that the ETA versions of the Black Bay just have a bit more charm about them, from the Tudor Rose on the dial to the curved “Self-Winding” text at 6 o’clock.

Finally, we come to the watch that Michael’s grandfather on his dad’s side gifted him – a 33mm Longines Classique Quartz. To me, this is pretty much the perfect affordable alternative to the classic Calatrava, but it’s also one hell of a watch on its own as well. It’s so impressively simple while also being marvelously intricate (the elongation of the Roman numerals, for example, really gets me, since it would have been very easy for Longines to stick to a more standard font height and call it a day). A lot of the stuff I love about the watch took me several good looks to even notice, but once you do, it’s all downhill from there (as far as your wallet goes, anyway).

The Recommendations:
Alright, Michael, so you mentioned being interested in a blue dialed Datejust (either the 16233 or 16013 on jubilee) and I’ll be totally honest – I think those are the right places to be looking when it comes to next steps, and I do genuinely mean that. They represent a step up in terms of level of collecting which would coincide beautifully with your new job and careers path, and I mean seriously, just look at this thing…

Rolex Datejust 16233 w/ Blue Dial
Source: Bob’s Watches

You seem really set on that being the piece you want to shoot for and I think that it is absolutely, 112% the right call. On this one, follow your gut my friend! And for the rest of you geeks reading this, my advice to you is to do the same, because your gut will (almost) always steer you in the direction of keeping it classy, watchfam.