Please introduce yourself
Luke Bones, 31 years young, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. According to my Instagram profile bones_13 I left the grind to follow my love for boxing, watches and coffee and that is very much true to how I spend the average day – I teach boxing which is my passion and anytime between that I drink coffee and hunt, read, learn and discover anything I can about watches (my addiction).

Instagram has been the greatest source for my knowledge on watches, thanks the watch community on Instagram they have fuelled my interest and inspiration to learn more and build a modest collection. For me Instagram is a place to learn and share with the watch community and although I am an infant to collecting I very much appreciate the support other collectors have shown me.

Is there a story behind your Instagram name bones_13?
I would love to give an exciting story on how my Instagram name eventuated but in actual fact it is just a combination of my surname and favourite number. It is also based on what was available on Instagram at the time, sorry to disappoint. I have actually been considering changing the name to represent my account and love of watches but I haven’t yet decided, maybe the readers of this can help me decide. I was thinking ‘Great Southern Time’ to represent my heritage (Australia) and my love of watches. Maybe we can hold a submission contest and see who comes up with the best name to represent my account. Lets hope it’s available if we are to follow through.

When and how did your passion for watches start?
When I was about 2 years old I was upset with my mother so I took her anniversary gift, a solid gold Omega and threw it into the garden. Looking back I probably knew the significance of a nice watch even at that young age. From around 5 years old my father would buy me and my brother watches for birthdays and Christmas, only cheap Timex, Casio and Seiko sports watches and even though at the time I did not appreciate them I think it has influenced my passion later in life. After all of that I really only started collecting 2 years ago, it began with an early manual wind Hamilton and quickly progressed to an Eterna-Matic Kontiki which is where the obsession began.

Which watches are in your current collection?
My collection is eclectic to say the least but the constant are the manual wind chronographs, I began collecting chronographs because of my first chrono obsession, the Breitling Navitimer AOPA 806. I now own a modest collection of chronos and ironically for all the time, energy and money spent I still have not acquired the 806.

In the current rotation are the following watches:

  • Zodiac Zodia-Chron (Valjoux 72)
  • Wittnauer Ref. 3526 (Venus 188)
  • Wakmann Unique Reverse Panda (Valjoux 7733)
  • Gigandet 60’s Double Register with purple chrono hand (valjoux 7733)
  • Delbana Rose Gold Medical Chronograph (Landeron 248)
  • Elgin Ref. 329 Reverse Panda (Valjoux 7733)
  • Wakmann Gold Filled Chronograph (Valjoux 7733)
  • Tudor by Rolex Date-Day with blue sunburst dial
  • Vulcain Cricket
  • Eterna-Matic Kontiki with Gay Freres beads of rice bracelet
  • Zenith Movado Surf Cal. 2572PC with rare blue steel dial
  • Avia solid gold dress watch with black gilt dial
  • Vintage Hamilton Khaki
  • Pierce Skin Diver with bubble back
  • Movado Triple Calendar

RECENTLY MOVED ON: Rolex DateJust 1601, Rolex DateJust 1603 ‘Buckley’, Eterna-Matic Kontiki, Lucerne Diver, NOS Zenith Sporto, Longines Manual wind dress, Damas 70’s Monaco style chrono, HEMA black gilt ref. 9001 Landeron 248.

Why these watches?
I am not sure if you wanted a list but they all represent me in a particular way, even for a point in time. I only like to buy what I love or at least think I will love and if after owning the watch I feel it is not getting the appreciation it deserves, only then I will move it on – Reluctantly of course.

Do you have a favourite and why?
This is like asking me to pick a favourite child, a very tough decision. Right now the Zodiac Zodia-Chron is getting a lot of love but I think deep down the most attachment I feel is to the Wakmann Reverse Panda, it was my first chrono and at the time was more than I had ever spent on a watch, but for what is now relatively a low investment it is still my favourite to wear and enjoy. A truly undervalued watch in my opinion.

What are the most important factors when you buy a watch?
Firstly and most importantly I must love what I buy, it should represent something about me either in functionality, style or both. From there the watch should fulfil at least two of three criteria for me. Historical significance, Mechanical innovation and Value for money. Regardless of whether the watch is $200 or $2000, if I can fulfill at least two of these criteria I feel satisfied with my purchase. In saying this there have been times where I have broken my own rules.

What are your grail watches and what’s so desirable about them?
I consider myself a fairly modest collector and I always wanted to own an Eterna-Matic Kontiki and a Vulcain Cricket and I have been lucky enough to get hold of two very fine examples and they will never leave my collection. Even though I have not been hunting the AOPA 806 for some time, this watch still represents a grail I will long for in my collection. I love the ties to aeronautical history with the introduction of the worlds first slide rule, I love the mystery of its association to AOPA and of course I love the design elements (dial configuration, beaded bezel, AOPA wings, solid steel case).

Other Grails:

  • Breguet Type 20
  • Wakamann/Gigandet Valjoux 72C, Albino Panda.
  • Wakmann/Gigandet 20 ATM Dive Chrono.
  • Zodiac Sea-Chron Panda Chrono.

In your eyes, what makes the perfect watch picture and do you have some tricks? I would consider myself a terrible photographer but I think a good Instagram shot will always include a theme which does not always need to relate to the watch. It may be something you are doing at that moment which makes you want to shoot the photo right there and then. For me that helps relate to the wearer and how they enjoy the watch.

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