Fratello On Air: The Three-Watch Collection And Three Alternatives
Welcome to another episode of Fratello On Air. This week, we each discuss our idea of the perfect three-watch collection. Then, we offer up three more choices at a more approachable level. Enjoy the show, and let us know your thoughts.
Yes, the three-watch collection is a popular topic. This time, it’s our turn, and we each offer a trio without any cost constraints. Balazs and I then come back around and do it again with more thoughts on our wallets. We have some similar picks but also some very different choices.
After some talk about watches we’ve seen during travel, it’s time to get into the Handgelenks Kontrolle. Balazs is wearing his Excelsior Park and enjoying the use of the EP40 movement. Mike is wearing his recent travel watch, the Doxa SUB 300 “Black Lung.” Both declare it a modern classic.
The perfect three-watch collection
Next, it’s time to focus on the three-watch collection. We have some real fun with this one. There’s some real variety here!
Balazs kicks things off with the Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 Transitional. It has all the trappings of a 321 but houses the more reliable caliber 861. For an affordable alternative, he brings in the Seiko 6139-7070. This watch has one of the first automatic chronograph movements and can be had for roughly €1,000. Mike leads off with the current Speedmaster Professional, a €7,400 gem with a perfect bracelet. For an alternative, it’s another manual-wind chronograph known as the Hamilton Intra-Matic H. This 40mm beauty is available for €2,195 in a couple of different dial colors.
For the second round of the three-watch collection, Balazs starts with the Rolex Submariner 14060. He follows this up with the Yema Superman Heritage Special Edition, an affordable vintage-inspired alternative. Mike brings his all-time favorite watch, the Rolex Explorer 14270. His option watch is surprising because it’s the Doxa SUB 300 Sharkhunter, a real beauty that can do just about everything.
For our final spin, Balazs leads off with the Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196G, a discontinued beauty of a dress watch. While it’s less expensive, the vintage Omega 2505 “Jumbo” is no less attractive. Mike finishes his with yet another Patek, the sublime Calatrava 570. Despite its simple looks, there’s nothing basic about this watch. Finally, the more approachable icon is the Grand Seiko 4420-9000. Like the Patek, this watch also boasts a case that is best kept away from the polishing wheel.
What is your ideal three-watch collection? Let us know in the comments, and as always, thank you for listening. Feel free to let us know if you have some ideas for an upcoming episode.