I have collected since 1995, and though am currently in the Netherlands (as a result of my dual Citizenship I frequently travel back to the US) - I have gone through many phases, but mainly Omega and Rolex, as well as various 1950s-80s historically significant divers.
Some obscure divers as well from: ZRC Etanche Grands Fonds ca. 1960 (6 o'clock crown & Nr. NOS), Aquastar ca. 1962 (Deepstar GEN 1: VJ 23 MINT, GEN 1 Aquastar Benthos 500 Nr. MINT) Aquastar Regatta NEWPORT ca. 1980 (Lemania mov't, TRUE NOS), LIP Nautic - Militar 1940s (MUSEUM QUALITY on original leather band, incredible speciman) LIP Nautic Ski ca. 1965 (electric R 184, dual crown, compressor, MINT), EPSA compressor cased watches of various types, Alsta watches, yep the Jaws movie watches etc... and even transitional Heuer-Tag Heuer ca. 1985 ref 510.501 PVD Chronographs with Lemania's celebrated 5100 (Nr. MINT), ZENITH Defy Gauss ca. 1971 ( MINT, 1/2000, screw-down crown, 200m WR, exact spec to Rolex MilGauss)...
Pocket watches: Eberhardt flat 14k solid gold, 55mm Doxa solid silver, Paul Garnier Paris Marine etc... and there's ton I've forgotten
At this point the collection has been itemized and number 252 complete working watches - most have been serviced while under my ownership. In addition to that, I have countless spares, from MK1 Ploprof dials, bezels, LIP Nautic Ski MK1 dials and NOS R184 mov'ts, Aquastar Benthos 500 MINT cases and NOS crystals, odd and end Omega and Rolex parts, straps, manuals, magazines, ads, boxes etc... yes, way too much stuff, considering consolidating to a few core pieces as this collecting bug has gotten somewhat out of hand...
Pics, with brief intros (of what I've pictured recently):
Omega La Magique Ref BA 523.1025 Circa 1981
Amongst THE thinnest watch in the world (at the time) NOS and functioning superbly, 80 grams of solid (.750) 18k, 1 of ONLY 261 made, and 1 of 20 made with the gold mesh "grain d'orge" bracelet, with mystery hands (sapphire discs) - ultra flat (2.6 mm), rectangular, 18K yellow gold gentleman' s quartz mystery wristwatch with transparent dial center. NOS manual in English and original warranty sheet, Omega original (watch specific) box. Also, very special 2 page actual full color advertsiment that appeared at the time the watch retailed, 1981 USA.
To put things in perspective, because these La Magique are SO rare (cal 1357), the smaller brother: the Dinosaure (cal 1356) of which their production greatly out numbered that of the La Magique, and in LESSER condition is going for 8500 gbp currently on eBay:
And my MINT Omega Speedmaster so called Holy Grail ref 376.0822 (Lemania 5100, in MOON WATCH case) on original 1450 bracelet and 809 end pieces just having returned from service in Omega OZ, with all papers, books and original box, reportedly only 1600 OR LESS ever made and for only ONE year 1987 (additionally, as this model 3760822) watches have little to NO replacement parts I ordered from OZ service an additional, in package NOS original crystal with charter ring, and hands set):
Of course the ICON, Omega Seamaster 600 "so-called" Ploprof Ref 166.077 Circa 1970
Generation 1 TYPE 1 - THE first and rarest of ALL - UNREFINISHED BEAUTY - like new, with FRESH Omega Bienne Facory service and accompanying factory waranty, Omega extract/abstract, NOS books in Spanish and French (the French one actually read PLOgeur PROfessional), rarest exotic woods Omega box, original warranty book and extras including Omega mesh (wrapped) etc...
And some of my more commonly worn, less rare... my K serial Tourneau FACTORY Diamond dial and bezel Rolex DateJust in 18k & SS, and W serial Rolex Sea Dweller (T 25 dial) all in MINT with bells and whistles!
So many more to follow... but this does take some time... WHAT? Serously... I am considering opening up a separate eBay account strictly for the purpose of selling 90% of the current collection, keeping 25 watches sounds so much more practical than keeping the 252 I currently have nicely arranged in my study
Thanks for looking!