Please introduce yourself
My name is Justin. I am from Singapore and turning 25 this year. I got interested in taking wristshots way before Instagram, but it was a whole new world when I saw that Instagram had accounts posting wristshots. So I decided to convert my personal Instagram account into a wristporn only page, which is now known as justinhorology
When and how did your passion for watches start?
I was probably born with it hahaha. At 7 years old, I had my first Casio babyG. It was the first wristwatch my parents gave me on the first day of school, to simply tell the time of the day, date…talk about a complete calendar. I was fascinated that with a push of a button, the light comes out and that you could tell the time in the dark (which is also the same reason I like the lumes on diver watches which I will talk more about later. It was only when I turned 10, that my parents handed me a SWATCH timepiece. My very first analog watch, probably quartz. In the past, only design and color of the watch mattered for me. But when I got my first Seiko 5, I admired the beauty of automatic watches and the history of other luxury timepieces.
Which Watches are in your current collection?
Currently, I have a Rolex Submariner two-tone (116613LB), Tudor Bronze, Omega Speedmaster racing (TINTIN), and a Pelagos LHD (incoming), and a modified Seiko SKX007. 2017 was a weird year for me.,. I bought an IWC le petite prince, sold it for a Panerai PAM111, and then sold my Panerai for the Tudor bronze. I also had to let go of my Tudor Pelagos blue for the LHD, which was pretty exciting, and I do miss the watches I had to let go to attain new pieces.. but maybe I’ll catch them back next time.
Why these watches?
ROLEX SUBMARINER: I have always wanted a Rolex. The first time I set my eyes on this beauty, I fell in love. And honestly, that was that I wanted since day one. I like that they have 300m water resistance. The steel they use is 916L (different from any other brands). The gold gives it such a luxurious look. and the blue sunburst dial together with the blue ceramic bezel. I bought this piece to celebrate me landing myself a job in a watch boutique here in Singapore.
TUDOR BRONZE: I like that fact that Tudor is doing all the right things. they have upgraded to their in-house manufacture caliber. I mean 70-hours power reserve is good for rotating my collection too. And to me, Black Bays are such iconic pieces.
TUDOR PELAGOS LHD: Tudor has released a left hand crown after so long! And with those creamy indexes and alternate red date gives it the vintage look that I like. It was a tough choice selling my Pelagos blue for this, but i am sure it isn’t the wrong decision!
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER RACING: the TINTIN I got because it was probably the last piece in sSngapore, and every man needs a speedy! And also…. people used to call me “tintin” because of my name… and it was my favorite cartoon during my childhood! *kinda sales talked myself into getting this one* haha.
SEIKO SKX007: Two of my friends had a crazy idea to modify a Seiko skx007 and thankfully talked me into this #projectskx007. it was our own little project and not for profit. We only made 7 pieces and sold to watch enthusiast like ourselves.
Do you have a favorite and why?
Honestly, I do not have a favorite, but if I were to choose, it would probably be the Pelagos. Not too flashy, understated, and only watch guys know.
What are the most important factors when you buy a watch?
To me, investment or value would be the last. I like simple three hand watches. most important would have to be a dive watch. I line up my watches for a wash after every week, so they have to be able to stand water, and screw down crown is a must (Speedy is an exception tho..) investment and future value wise wouldn’t matter much because I wear my watches all the time, if I am buying them for value sake.. they would probably be brand new and sitting in the safe hahaha.
What will your next watch be?
I am looking at the Tudor Black Bay Noir (rose logo) if the price is right, but I do have an LHD coming in.. so maybe I would get a Panerai back into my collection.
What are your grail watches and what’s so desirable about them?
My grail watch would probably say is a Patek 5711R or a 5167R. I love gold watches, and Patek has such a solid history of Swiss watchmaking, I got to have one. But in all honesty, I would be contented with those reference numbers without the “R” too! I think that is more attainable.
In your eyes, what makes the perfect watch picture and do you have some tricks?
I am beginning to like the lifestyle shots! And shots by the river/ocean/ those are the best shots. well, the easiest shots would be the ones like inside your vehicle in the afternoon. You get no reflections and you have the perfect lighting (daylight).