Found: The Most Amazing Vintage Watch Website Nobody's Heard Of (But Not For Long)

The Origin Of Timeline.Watch

Louis Westphalen

So how did Timeline.Watch  come to life?

Dan Henry

It is straightforward, everything began after an awful involvement in a watch. I had recently discovered an unpolished Rolex 1530 on eBay, it was in an ideal condition  – a touch of setting here, the Rolex 1530 has the rakish instance of an Oysterquartz but included a more customary self-winding development. I won the offering, yet this watch lost all sense of direction in the transportation. You can envision that it is so uncommon to discover this reference in a particularly insane condition so this misfortune truly disheartened me. It additionally constrained me to ponder back the watches I had been gathering, and I understood that after somewhere in the range of 30 years of watch chasing I really needed to index all the pieces that I had been blessed to find.

Louis Westphalen

How did you start this cycle? What did you have as a top priority at this stage?

Dan Henry

At the start, it was an extremely narrow minded undertaking – I simply needed to comprehend what I had in my collection. So I assembled an exceptionally basic Excel document with the model, the reference number, and what I could recollect about my discoveries. Inevitably, I understood I needed to do more: add pictures, yet additionally share everything with different authorities. I glanced around yet couldn’t discover any database that permitted me to transfer and share photos of my watches, at any rate at a lot bigger scope than an individual forum thread.

Louis Westphalen

Why did you settle on dispatching a dedicated website, and how since quite a while ago did it take you?

Dan Henry

First, I set up an Instagram account – it is as yet dynamic, you can look at it here . But I immediately understood that Instagram didn't take into account the data sharing that I was expecting. So I planned a basic site, using Wordpress. This was three years prior, and since I have spent my available energy taking and transferring pictures, and composing the profiles for every one of the watches. I experienced portion of my assortment already; on the site you would already be able to discover many watches. I have coordinated them in an ordered manner; you can also sort them by class, brands, or basically go directly to my top picks. Timeline.Watch is somewhat of an insane dream, it is a Herculean undertaking, however I am truly amped up for its development.

What's Next For The Site?

Louis Westphalen

One evident inquiry: are the watches shown for sale?

Dan Henry

No, in no way, shape or form! I’m unquestionably not relinquishing my assortment. My sole object is to share my enthusiasm for the watches, and permit hopeful authorities to find out about the brands, the references, the plans. This is the motivation behind why I might want to grow the extent of this site far past my assortment. I have put a page where different gatherers can transfer their own watches, which will be added to the timeline – the interface is here . You can consider this site a shared reference book for vintage watches.

 You can consider Timeline.Watch as a community reference book for vintage watches.

Louis Westphalen

In your fantasies, which watches would you like different authorities to add on the site?

Dan Henry

Anything they wish, truly! I realize my assortment is lacking in dressy watches so that would be a decent beginning. What’s more, in the event that I needed to pick a specific brand? Patek, without a doubt. I never gathered them, and I couldn’t want anything more than to see the Ricochet assortment on the site – those watches have the coolest plan ever. I might want to see more Rolex there, particularly the overlaid 5513s and the early Daytonas.

Louis Westphalen

Long term, the number of vintage watches might you want to see included there?

Dan Henry

To be plain, I just began to look all starry eyed at the thought behind this site. It is by and large what I ached for as an authority: seeing pictures and getting familiar with vintage watches. So there is no restriction, the more the merrier. I am truly committed to this and couldn’t imagine anything better than to see a crazy measure of watches up there. With the nature of present day cameras the external augmentations could be remarkable, making pleasant pictures takes a touch of time yet we owe that to our watches!

On Collecting Vintage Watches

Louis Westphalen

Let's rewind; how could you begin gathering vintage watches?

Dan Henry

I got an Omega Dynamic when I was 12. I think this shone my enthusiasm for wristwatches. I turned out to be truly committed, you know, going to swap meets promptly in the first part of the day, burrowing for watches and finding extraordinary things there. And, obviously the start of sales on the Internet assumed a major part – those were insane occasions! At that point, I invested an excessive lot of energy in eBay yet found some genuine jewels there. Presently, I am as yet looking, as I continually wish to improve my assortment. I hate selling, so just a comparable piece in a superior condition can persuade me to let go of one of my watches. 

Louis Westphalen

Looking at your assortment, it appears you have mixed tastes; did those advance over time?

Dan Henry

I never chased for a particular watch, or zeroed in on a specific brand. Over the long haul I just purchased what I loved in what I could discover. Regularly, I would see a cool chrono and there was something that persuaded me to buy it, independent of the creator or the time frame it was made in. I just became acquainted with where to locate the decent things, and I would go there with a receptive outlook. Eventually, I have a variety of looking watches, and I discover this variety reviving. One thing that has stayed steady: I can't remain over-cleaned cases – it obliterates the look and feel of the watch.

Louis Westphalen

If there is any, what is your outright most loved watch in your collection?

Dan Henry

If I could discover again a truly unpolished 1530, a truly mint one, this may true become my favorite. The watch I wear the most these days is a vintage Rolex Explorer, the reference 1016. It looks too great, it wears well and it is flexible. In the event that you eliminate the Oyster arm band, nobody would really realize it is a Rolex. I likewise have an affection for Universal Geneve: my granddad had a Polerouter in gold with a chocolate dial, so I have an extraordinary connection to the brand. They made some insane gorgeous chronos too.

With many passages effectively up, Timeline.Watch is as of now perhaps the most marvelous single watch assortments – vintage or current – that you can see on the web; if the gatherer community begins populating it too, it could become quite possibly the most broadly educational – and outright fun – vintage watch assets out there.

Dan Henry is a globally dynamic watch lover and authority, and the organizer of Timeline.watch. Except for his exercises as an individual from the watch gatherer community, he likes to keep up his privacy.

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