To My Purist Family...

Jun 12, 2019,17:21 PM

... On March 25th, 2011, at the urging of my brother I joined the WatchProSite.  Over eight years since my first post and all I can say is time goes by quickly.  

Time can’t be controlled.  Time can’t be bottled up.  Time is a constant.  Ultimately, time is fleeting and I believe this is one reason why we love these small machines, these examples of living art that truly honor time and the passage of it.  Over the past eight years I have learned so much from the participants on this site.  Everyone is generous and gracious, and the collective wealth of knowledge is both astounding and staggering.  With this community the passion runs deep but most of all, I have met some of the highest quality people through this site - many of whom I am fortunate to call friends. 

When I joined PuristPro I stood on the sidelines for a while, reading what others had posted, hoping the Patek Philippe banner ads would stop.  I wasn’t quite sure how to contribute or what to write about.  Before that first post, through a private message I introduced myself to the site’s most prolific participant, Amanico.  I told him I had read many of his posts and wanted to post my own story but wasn’t quite sure how to proceed.  

I sent him a sample of what I had been working on and he was straight up honest with me by providing the exact direction needed.  Nobody knows more about Jaeger LeCoultre and he is truly a special person in my life.  In fact, he is partially responsible for my love of all things JLC.  By the way, when I started writing this Nicolas stood at 196,845 posts.  By the time I finish posting this, he will have reached 206,213 posts.  It is true, “Vlad” does not sleep.  Trust me, he’s got witnesses.


Prior to my discovery of PuristPro, I knew little or nothing of the Independent watch brands.  While attending my first PuristPro dinner, I had the incredible luck of meeting Tim and Janna.  She was wearing a Habring Foudroyante and I knew I had to have one.  I instantly went into deep dive mode:  What is that?  Why is that?  Who makes that?  When can I get one?  You know, that sort of stuff.  When mine arrived, “Independent In Time” Tim called me and I did not hesitate to jump in my car to make the two hour trip South.  Nobody knows more about the Independents than Tim.  In fact, his boutique is one of the very few places where you can see some of these rare beauties in the metal.  Thank you, Tim and Janna, for including me in your life.  I am lucky to know you.

That same evening, I had the good fortune to meet Dr. No.  As is most often the case, Art is the event organizer.  The Master of Ceremony.  The guy with the pool cue.  While he’s definitely one of the nicest people you’ll meet in this life, do not gamble with the good Dr. No at the pool table.  And if you need to know anything about Glashutte or Omega, Art’s your man.  And if you need to know anything about craft beer, or just beer, Art’s your man.  All I can say is thanks for always including me in the get-togethers - I always look forward to our next one.  Keep on rockin’ in the free world, Dr. No.

That same evening, I met a guy I call the “Curator of the Museum of Horology”.  An incredibly special person whose love of these treasures is practically unparalleled, the only thing MitchK loves more than watches is sharing these rarities with all of us.  Mitch’s collection is really all about the story - from that first Maurice Lacroix to those out-of-this-world group of Ulysse Nardin pieces, or even that crazy Thomas Prescher Tourbillon-On-A-Stick, each watch has its provenance.  Like Amanico, Mitch’s passion for Jaeger LeCoultre has always been an inspiration and my “Grail” watch is the Duometre.  Mitch and his wife are very gracious people and I’ve had the good luck of spending time with both.  Going back to that first dinner, I will always remember the Sven Andersen Mitch was wearing.  The Secular Calendar watch was something I had only seen in pictures and seeing it in the real was something special, especially when, without hesitation, Mitch took it off and handed it right to me for a closer look.  It’s like a perpetual calendar but on steroids.  This piece is “programmed” until the year 2400, which includes what are known as the “leap year resets” every 100 years.  Theoretically, this means if the watch is kept running it will not need an adjustment on February 28, 2100, February 28, 2200, February 28, 2300, or February 29, 2400, which is very freakin’ impressive.

To the “Alphabet Gang”, a super group of people who always have some of the coolest stuff to share.  The Omega watches that show up at these Get Togethers are simply unparalleled.  And I think I speak for all of us when I say thanks to our dearest, Bill.  Without Bill, we really do not have this platform for our views, opinions, and let’s face it; diatribe and pontification.  In a cyberworld where it seems everyone is engaged in some form of bullying, shaming and vitriol, our site is a kindler, gentler place where the exchange of ideas is generally good-natured.  And oh yeah, thanks to Bill for bringing that watch from Paris that time 😊.

If I forgot anyone, please don’t take it personally as it is now past five and I am full of whiskey.  I appreciate being part of such an amazing group of folks.  Here’s to the next 2,000 posts.




- Scott

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Wonderful homage to the forum,

 By: Adamska : June 12th, 2019-17:40
thank you very much and likewise. I hope the proceeding posts here will bring even more knowledge and joy to you as they tend to have that effect on the whole community. Cheers to the future, Filip

Cheers Back Atcha, Filip...

 By: elliot55 : June 12th, 2019-17:42
... Much appreciated. - Scott

Beautiful writing Scott 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

 By: renerod : June 12th, 2019-18:14
Very well put. I agree with you that this forum is a place for brotherhood and sharing. And the people that make it real and shares all their knowledge are the best in the world! Congratulations and here’s to 2,000 more! Cheers! René

Thanks, Rene, The Way I Figure...

 By: elliot55 : June 12th, 2019-18:29
... We are all in this together! - Scott

Thank you for such kind and profound words.

 By: Bill : June 12th, 2019-18:23
It is hard to summarize the unique aspects of this site but you summed it up perfectly. Great people, great conversations, wonderful and lasting friendships. Thanks you again for the very kind mentions. Looking forward to the next ten years. Best Bill

I Am Grateful...

 By: elliot55 : June 12th, 2019-18:35
... For the community you have created. C'est magnifique. - Scott

Great stuff Scott.

 By: Jay (Eire) : June 12th, 2019-18:24
Almost makes me want to move out West!

California's A Great Place...

 By: elliot55 : June 12th, 2019-18:36
... With a lot of great watch-loving people

And You, Mon Ami...

 By: elliot55 : June 13th, 2019-07:48
... Yes, 2,000 posts is something. Albeit a bit shy of the all-time post leader Cheers!

Superb post.

 By: M4 : June 12th, 2019-22:08
Thanks for sharing your journey and your passion. M4

Thanks, M...

 By: elliot55 : June 13th, 2019-07:48
... Appreciate your kind words.

Congrats Scott on an unbelievable journey thus far!

 By: Brandon Skinner : June 12th, 2019-23:19
My infatuation with Independents started with Tim & Janna as well for which I feel extremely thankful. Perhaps we'll meet each other one day at their wonderful shop.

I Look Forward To Meeting...

 By: elliot55 : June 13th, 2019-07:49
... One day. Doesn't have to be at the shop. Maybe you can participate in one of the Alphabet Gang's GT's. Private Message Dr. No as he is the gatekeeper.

Great Scott !...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 13th, 2019-02:42
I completely agree with your sentiment about the people and the community. Keep posting !

Captain, I Appreciate Your Kind Words And...

 By: elliot55 : June 13th, 2019-07:50
... Thanks so much for your interest in my meanderings. - Scott

I'll Tell You A Secret...

 By: elliot55 : June 13th, 2019-15:07
... Which wont be a secret anymore but... Japanese Whiskey will leave you without a hangover.

See, That's....

 By: elliot55 : June 13th, 2019-09:22
... What I'm afraid of.

Wow Scott! What a brilliant tribute to this place of horological enjoyment.

 By: Tim Jackson : June 13th, 2019-10:57
Humbled and rather embarrassed by your kind words, sharing my passion for Independent Watchmaking, and those very rare artisans who are able create these little micro-mechanical works of art is why do what I do. Your friendship and counsel on several occa... 

The Drum Lesson Will Probably Be...

 By: elliot55 : June 13th, 2019-15:09
... Sooner than you think. I'll do my best to get down there in the next couple of weeks. Happy Father's Day, my friend. - Scott

Even though I have met only a handful of these colourful alphabet characters , i feel I know them

 By: : June 13th, 2019-19:06
Yes this is a unique group of collectors who are crazy mad about their watches Great post and long may our coterie of WIS exist Julian

The Alphabet Gang Is...

 By: elliot55 : June 14th, 2019-08:10
... A very fun group of people. Each has a unique perspective and a good time is often had by all.

Awesome Post straight from the heart! 👏👏

 By: Bounce781 : June 14th, 2019-04:50
Cheers from DownUnder!

Thanks, Roman...

 By: elliot55 : June 14th, 2019-08:08
... I think it's time we do a show and have you do a call-in to talk about that out-of-this-world Omega of yours. So fantastic. So rare. So. Cheers! - Scott ...  

Cheers, Scott! Will be a pleasure 👍🏻

 By: Bounce781 : June 14th, 2019-12:36
I’m always up for a chat. You’ve got my number 😜 HAGWE