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”.