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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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Interview with George Clarkson

This interview is with George Clarkson. He is a hobbyist watchmaker from Germany and recently started a webshop, Only Vintage Watches. This is a young company where you can find vintage watches for a decent prize and with an honest description. They are collectors themselves and only offer what they would like to add to their collection themselves.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

It all began some years ago, removing from a dusty drawer the Seiko 7A34-7010 gold plated watch that belonged to my late father. I had previously tried to put it back to work changing the battery, but apparently, the years of use and probably some unwanted received shock had caused more damage than what could be seen. I then started looking online for a possible solution, or a how-to to restore the watch and I found a forum dedicated just to this brand and series of watches. Who might have known…

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favorite 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 Blake Drayson

Time for another interview. This time with Blake Drayson, founder, and owner of TickTalk. TickTalk is a blog about collecting watches and mainly from a beginner’s perspective.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

My watch collection started with an unexpected birthday present from my fiancé, she wanted to buy me a watch but did not know what I would like. The process of thinking about looking at and eventually purchasing a watch ignited something in me and drove me to start collecting and then writing about the subject.

My watch collecting habits up to this point haven’t been driven specifically by a love of vintage watches. I’m new to collecting and I certainly do appreciate and enjoy vintage watches, but it’s not exclusive. The most recent memorable exposure to a prestigious collection of vintage watches that did have a big impact on me was at the Patek Philippe – Grand Exhibition in London last year. There was, as you would expect, some outstanding vintage pieces, transported from their museum in Switzerland.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favorite 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 Jeanôt de Graaf

It’s time for another interview on WahaWatches. This time, the interview is with Jeanôt de Graaf. Jeanôt is a huge vintage watch enthusiast with an amazing collection (although his father outranks him). He is a friendly guy who will always share his knowledge with others. He also buys and sells watches as a hobby.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

Well, my father was already collecting vintage watches for a very long time, way before collecting vintage watches was popular as it is now. At a younger age, I was not interested in old watches. I found them boring and didn’t understand why my father was getting all excited when he received packages filled with vintage watches from eBay (1999). Because nearly nobody was collecting them he bought hundreds of them at flea markets.

About 10 years ago I started buying old watches from the internet just to resell them and so I started to read more about the movements and other facts. I could get a lot of info from my father about brands that I should and shouldn’t buy. Pretty soon I stumbled across my first watch that I didn’t want to sell because I really liked it’s design and movement, a 50’s Longines Flagship hand wound. So it began.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favorite 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 Geert Schoots

The second interview on WahaWatches again. This time, it’s my honor to interview Geert Schoots. A watch collector, tinkerer and flipper, motor sports fan, fountain pen geek, polishing specialist and most importantly…one of the good guys!

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

Actually it wasn’t love at first sight, I wanted a Breitling watch for years without taking serious action, I didn’t even wear a watch. A few years back I met someone who owned a vintage Breitling Navitimer and from that moment onward I started to search more actively. To cut a long story short, because of budget considerations I bought a watch with a movement that had also been used by Breitling and I ended up paying more for the service of the movement than I did for the watch itself. I then realized this had to change.

I started scouring flea markets for mechanical watches to restore them cosmetically and sell them. This way I could get my wife aboard and acquire the budget necessary to buy nice timepieces. In the meantime, I was able to find someone who taught me the basics of watchmaking and since then I’ve been able to give quite a few watches a second life. To me, that’s the most beautiful thing in the world. To be able to turn something that has been casually thrown in some drawer into a precious piece again”.

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favorite 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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