Category: Interviews (page 2 of 2)

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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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 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 Martin Lee

Some, do I dare say the majority, don’t have the means to jump in at the vintage Rolex, Heuer, Universal Geneve etc. side of the market. That’s why I decided to interview “regular guys”. Collectors or watch nuts just like you and me. This is the very first interview and it’s with Martin Lee from the UK. Someone who loves his vintage watches (and razors) and is a serious Roamer collector.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

“I was initially looking at vintage Gillette razors for sale on eBay when I clicked on sellers other items and saw a nice old watch. As my cheap quartz Pulsar had recently stopped working I thought I would try a vintage watch as I`d enjoy using the vintage razors so much”.

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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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