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Discover How a Watch Expert Curates the Ultimate $1,000 Collection

Building a 1,000 Watch Collection: A Challenge

Building a watch collection is an exciting and fulfilling hobby. Collecting watches means having an array of timepieces that cater to different occasions, styles, and preferences. However, building a sizable collection can be a challenge, especially when operating on a tight budget. In this article, we will explore how to build a 1,000 watch collection while adhering to strict rules. We will also delve into the brands, models, and features that one should consider when building a watch collection.

The Rules

Before embarking on this challenge, it is essential to establish the rules that govern this task. First, we can only purchase watches from a single brand. Second, we must purchase at least five watches. Third, we can only spend $1,000, with a ten percent buffer on either side of this budget. These rules mean that we must be strategic and thoughtful about the watches we purchase.

The Brands

We begin our journey by exploring some of the affordable watch brands that we can add to our collection. First on our list is Casio, a brand that has been around for several decades and is renowned for producing durable and reliable watches. A great place to start with Casio is the G-Shock series, which provides a range of watches that cater to various styles.

Another brand we can consider is Timex, a brand that has been producing watches since the 1850s. Timex watches are accessible, stylish, and affordable, making them an excellent addition to any watch collection.

Hamilton is another brand that we can consider, although some of their watches may be pre-owned due to budget constraints. Hamilton watches are known for their elegant designs, premium finishes, and high-quality movements, making them a great addition to any watch collection.

The Watches

Now that we have explored some of the brands we can consider let us delve into some of the watches we can add to our collection. The first watch we came across is a pre-owned, fair condition, quartz movement, Tech Hoya 2000 series watch. The watch is a women’s watch, which we will not buy, but it led us to a vintage Tech Hoya watch from the early 2000s. The watch is borderline between a man’s and a woman’s watch due to its 34mm case size. However, it is a battery-powered quartz movement, and it has a cool design that makes it an excellent addition to any collection. The watch costs $228 and is the first watch we add to our collection.

The second watch we add to our collection is the Dockside D-air chronograph watch from the Swiss watchmaker, Dockside. The watch has a quartz movement, a cool case design, and a rubber strap. It is a 42mm watch that is highly wearable and stylish. The watch costs $206, which is within our budget, and is the second watch we add to our collection.

The third watch we add to our collection is the G-Shock GW-B5600, which is a cool and affordable watch. The watch has Bluetooth capabilities and comes in various designs. We opt for one that costs $150, which is within our budget and is a great addition to our collection.

The fourth watch we add to our collection is a watch from the Swiss watchmaker, Ebel. Ebel is a brand that has a rich history of making innovative watches, and their watches are often associated with luxury. However, we opt for a vintage manual wound military watch that costs $274, which is out of our budget. Hence, we do not buy this watch.

The fifth watch we consider adding to our collection is an ice watch, a brand that was popular in the past. However, the watches are no longer as cool as they used to be, and we decide not to add it to our collection.


Building a 1,000 watch collection is a challenge, but it is possible. By adhering to strict rules and being strategic about the brands and watches we purchase, we can create a collection that caters to our needs and preferences. In this article, we explored some affordable watch brands such as Casio, Timex, and Hamilton, and we added a Tech Hoya and Dockside watch to our collection. We also considered adding an Ebel watch and an ice watch but opted not to. Building a watch collection requires time, patience, and dedication, but the result is a collection that adds value to our lives and brings joy to our hearts.

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