1. What watches do you currently own?
Well to give you some background I have owned more than 300 chronographs and divers, mostly chronographs, all have come and gone through my ATG website… it seems like as soon as I restore a watch I can’t wear it and it leaves my rotation and goes to stock. In my rotation right now are two modern watches and two vintage. The modern watches are both Bremonts, an ALT1C with silver dial and an ALT1-P with black dial, completely practical watches which is what brought me to the watch makers to begin with….the vintage are a Hanhart flyback from just after WWII and an .861 Speedmaster before they changed the case back….
2. Currently, what is your favorite watch that you own and why?
A favourite is very difficult…. There are so many things that make up a good watch for me and as I am have owned so many the ’sands’ are always shifting…. I love my ALT1-P and if I had to just keep one from my current rotation.. (it’s always the ‘current rotation’ lol) it would be the ALT1-P. It is a custom version made for me by Bremont with a PVD under 10% finish on that case which has worn on the edges and made it look vintage… and if it had to be a vintage I had to keep… then it would be the Speedmaster… a design classic and a must watch to own…
3. What is your grail watch and why?
Lol man this is another mad one… Paul Newman Daytona? Military Sub? Patek split chrono ? Hmm these are kind of tourist watches I think… Instagram almost explodes with shots of Mil Subs and Daytonas and AP Offshore or Patek white Gold chronographs…. It is like searching for perfection, before I sold my Heuers to the TAG Heuer Museum I would have said a rare Heuer but I ended up owning most of them… an early ’straight’ lug Speedmaster ? Owned a few…. Where I am at the moment is maybe something from the Bamford Watch Dept in London whom I know or something by Peter Speake Marin who I also know…. After saying above about tourist watches.. I would like to get back a watch I sold a few years ago… it was a rolex Sub 5508 no crown guards… a slightly rare version yes but not because it is rare but because it was a really nice watch…. Not very original as it had gone through service bezel and hands but I just miss it and its expanding Oyster bracelet… one day I’ll find it again…
4. In your opinion, what is the best “bang for the buck” watch available today? (new or used)
Easy! Omega Speedmaster .861 of the famous watches although they are getting expensive.. Dunno why as they made millions of them….. Best bang for buck vintage are any two reg manual chronographs… great movements… lots of style… I love them… but make sure serviced as they can be expensive to get done. My watchmaker Mike who I essentially trained has taken years to get the watches he does for me right so be careful…
5. What is the URL of your watch website, when did you start it, and how do you plan on making it stand out?
My store is www.atgvintagewatches.com where I sell Bremont, Dodane, soon Ball and classy vintage chronographs that are reasonably priced and in good condition. Well I get 10K visits a month to the Forum http://forum.atgvintagewatches.com/forum.php and have been doing this maybe 10 years so I guess I will just keep going doing what I do… finish my book of 130 watches I have restored making it a companion for collectors from https://www.schifferbooks.com and respond to the online community like I always have… The Forum is full of info about watches over the 10 years + it has been operating…. Ask questions and they will be answered….