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Careful, you might just be a watch nerd: 12 signs to look out for


by John Wallis

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October 12. 2018 - by John Wallis

Do you spend an uncomfortable amount of time reading about and admiring watches? Do you think you might care more about a Rolex Daytona or Submariner you spotted in public than the person who was wearing it? We have bad news: you might be a watch nerd, if some or all of the following apply:


1. You catch yourself staring at the wrists of new acquaintances and complete strangers

It's the old story: faces find each other across a crowded room... except it's the face of a gorgeous Daytona and you've hardly noticed who it belongs to. Sigh. It's hard to meet people when you're a watch nerd. You've forgotten how to maintain eye contact during conversation, and you're never as interested in what they have to say as you are about what's on their wrist so you totally missed the shenanigans they had at the golf club last night. 

2. You’ve become the go-to person for watch advice

Stop me if you recognise this one: you're at the pub or a party when someone comes over to chat. You think they're being friendly until they start up: "So they say you're the one to ask about watches". Of course, sometimes it'll lead to them showing you a miraculous vintage Datejust, but mostly it'll be something banal about a quartz-powered nonentity.

3. Words like horology have crept into your daily vocabulary

Funny to think there are some people who don't even know there's a word for "the study of timekeeping", let alone what that word is. You feel like your "chronographs" and your "bezels" are as easy as ABC - and you can't understand why others react as if it's double Dutch.

4. Your collection probably started with an Oris or a Tissot

The common masses, if they want a nice watch, might simply select one they like the look of from generic brands in a shop - but you know better. You're saving up for a lovely Submariner, but that's no reason to wear something tacky in the meantime. Even your entry watch has to have a fine pedigree.

5. The water resistance of your watch is very important even though you have no plans to go deep sea diving

Sure, you pride yourself on understanding what makes for quality engineering and manufacturing in a watch - it's not about the glitz and the glamour, after all. But if you're truly honest, you might have been suckered by just a little of the industry marketing bluster - not everything you desire in a watch is perhaps quite as functional as you claim. How often do you use your GMT Master II's second timezone, really? Or even your Carrera's sweet chronograph subdials?

6. You want to go deep sea diving to test the water resistance of your watch

Okay, so you don't use those functions every day... in fact, you might have caught yourself considering not-strictly-necessary holidays just so you can swing that GMT into action. And maybe you fantasise about taking up sailing as a hobby just so you can see the regatta countdown functionality on your Yacht-Master in its natural habitat. Where's the harm in that?

7. Your Instagram is just a series of watches punctuated by the occasional dinner

You're not ashamed of your passion, though you are a little confused about why only people with other watch-based accounts are liking your pics. You plan to spice things up with some shots from your holiday abroad, but you realise you've prominently featured your latest timepieces in the foreground of all of them.

8. You know your exact wrist measurements

It's normal to know your measurements, right? Every distinguished person can reel off their waist, chest and trouser lengths. Wrists should just be a part of that - like shoe sizes. Okay, so you might have forgotten the waist and chest stuff, but you can check up on that later - they probably aren't the same since you lost weight. The wrist is the important one.

9. You have a grail watch that you’ll probably never be able to afford

Everyone thinks about the stuff they would get if they were a millionaire - a big house, a nice car, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Ultra Thin Perpetual and a A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 in gold with the Big Date. Right? We're pretty sure that's a common fantasy to have.

10. You plan your outfits with your watches

You've heard about "accessorising" but you don’t really get it - do some people choose their watches after selecting the clothes? Surely the material that covers your limbs and torso is of much less consequence than the beautiful jewel of mechanical mastery that everybody admires.

11. Switzerland is your dream destination

You agree to your partner's suggestions of romantic getaways in Paris or bronzing under the sun in Tenerife. But deep down you'd rather be winding up a classic Breitling in the snowy surrounds of the Jura Alps than winding down on a beach in some non-landlocked country.

12. You religiously follow Baselworld press releases

Speaking of Switzerland, the true Mecca of your personal belief appears every March in the holy land of Basel, and its scripture is handed down from the brands like mana in the months before and after. Even in years when you can't attend yourself, you'll be damned if you don't know every new model on the show floor.

It's a tough life, being a watch nerd. There's so much to be obsessed about, and so few people to understand. But here at CHRONEXT, we wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. Make sure to stop by to be with those who understand you and see if we can't tempt you with what we have on offer. 

John Wallis

by John Wallis

Living and working in London, John has been writing about watches since graduating university. He got his start at SalonQP, London's finest watch show, where he was inspired by the breadth and creativity of the modern industry. His fascination with mechanical horology has only grown from there.

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