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Interview With Matthias De Pauw

This time I’d like to introduce Matthias.

Matthias is an elementary school teacher who started to intensively collect watches about 4 years ago.

He’s the co-administrator of the ‘Horlogefreaks’ Facebook group and he’s also very active in several other Facebook groups and on forums as well.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

I’ve always been somewhat of a collector since I was little.

I was fascinated with all kinds of items, knives, stones, old stuff from the basement etc.

During my youth, I had a few “normal” watches, like a Pontiac quartz, a G-shock (because everybody had one at the time ) and later, my first Tissot Couturier quartz which I got from my girlfriend.

My first step into vintage watches was an old English pocket watch I bought (It was a sterling silver fusee watch from around 1880). I tried to wear it, but it stopped all the time.

When I was about 24 years old, I switched to collecting vintage wristwatches.

I started reading about the Speedmaster and decided one day I had to own one.

Since then, things just escalated very quickly.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

Interview With @MikeSoub

This time it’s my honour to interview @MikeSoub. Mike is an airline pilot from Guadeloupe.

He’s been a collector of watches for 3 years and he’s also a hobbyist watchmaker.

How did your love for watches come to be?

During my flight training, aircrafts were equipped with Type 12 chronographs from Breguet or Dodane.

Navigation was relying heavily on time and when you can’t see outside, your life may very well depend on your watch. Even if it’s a 55-year-old chronograph.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

Interview with Justin Vrakas of Watchsteez

Back with a brand new interview on WahaWatches.

It’s my pleasure to introduce Justin Vrakas. Justin is the founder & owner of Watchsteez and he is also a member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors.

Watchsteez is an online shop focusing on chronographs and tool watches. Recently, he started collaborating with Analog/Shift.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

Interview with Emre Kiris

Time for another interview! This time, I had the honor to interview Emre Kiris. Emre is an archivist and documentalist for Glycine Heritage. He has his own website, Glycintennial,  with all the info on Glycine watches you need.

He’s also active on several watch forums and he’s an avid book collector. I contacted him on Watchuseek in 2015 and we’ve stayed in contact since.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

I think watches in general is a boys thing. The fascination of tiny mechanical pieces working in harmony is alluring. Contemporary watches vs vintage watches is a choice. If you have an 18k beat timepiece from the 1940’s, it ticks like a watch. In my mind, they sound way better than modern watches because of different case constructions.

I think it was when I re-discovered one of my childhood mechanical watches in the attic that the love for vintage watches started. The whole obsession resurfaced, like long suppressed emotions. The following week, I’d already bought a couple new old watches.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

Interview with Mesut Özturk

This is the 6th interview on WahaWatches. This time the interview is with Mesut Özturk. Mesut is an econometrics student and has been collecting vintage watches for 7 years. He’s very active on different auction sites and he’s also a regular on the Dutch watch forum.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

It all started when I was 15 years old and a classmate was wearing a vintage Breitling chronograph. It was a unique one because that Breitling belonged to the trainer of Real Madrid in 1952. It was probably given by the club with their logo on the dial. That jumpstarted my interest in vintage watches. It’s always great to find out a watches history.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

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