State of the Collection and Quick Reviews: Omega, Marathon, Sinn, Oris

I’ve been collecting watches seriously for about a year now, so I figure it’s time that I share the watches that have a permanent place in my collection. From left to right:

  • Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Skyfall – The dress watch that Daniel Craig wore in the Skyfall Bond movie, which I purchased as my first serious luxury watch almost exactly one year ago today. I specifically wanted the previous generation model with the framed date window, so I remember waiting months for one to pop up in good condition at a good price. It’s incredibly versatile and serves as my everyday watch. I don’t ever intend on selling any of these pieces, but if I had to this one would be the last to go.
  • Marathon SAR (Search and Rescue) Diver – This is the sterile version of the Marathon diver with the U.S. government logo used by the Marines. I purchased it in person at the Marathon office in Vaughan, Ontario while vacationing in Canada. It’s built like a tank and serves as my beater watch. It’s also the watch I wear to sleep, since I can always read the time in the dark thanks to the Tritium tubes on the hour markers and hands.
  • Sinn 656L – A unique version of the Sinn 656 with a luminous dial, limited to 300 pieces. I picked this one up since I appreciated the clean utilitarian design of Sinn watches, and the white dial that glows bright green – something you don’t see everyday. I wear this one when I’m in the mood for something different, but still rugged and durable.
  • Oris Big Crown 1917 – A modern recreation of Oris’ first pilot’s watch, to celebrate 100 years since the original watch was released in 1917. I was originally unimpressed by this watch when I saw it in pictures, but went completely 180-degrees after seeing and holding one at an AD. It’s cliche, but the photos really don’t do this one justice. In person, the detail on the hands and the texture of the slightly sunburst dial is simply amazing. The case is also beautifully polished and curved, with a domed crystal to match. This is the watch that feels the most eventful to wear, and only carefully and when weather and activity permits.

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