Hodinkee’s ‘Talking Watches’ and My Wish List

So I am at the front-end of becoming a ‘watch guy’.  I absolutely love learning about fine timepieces and understanding the histories and nuances of each brand.  Besides being one of the coolest sites on the Internet, Hodinkee is an excellent resource for guys like me…as well as the more experienced watch collectors/admirers.

They have started a new series called ‘Talking Watches’, and their first guest is the one and only John Mayer. Granted, he’s lost it over the last few years.  Mayer had been in the news for running his mouth rather than playing his guitar.  Personally, I’m really glad this is behind him, as the dude can flat out play the guitar.  Back to basics.

I knew that John Meyer is a watch collector, but I didn’t realize how deep his passion runs for fine time pieces.  Take a look:


Makes him seem like a normal dude (with incredible means to afford such a collection), right?  I like how some of his watches have scratches, etc.  It shows a little character.  Watches are meant to be worn, not rubbed with a diaper.

…being that I am on the precipice of becoming a collector, I am starting my wish list…

First, the Panerai 505.  Being my second Panerai, I’d like to get something a little different.  I like the composite casing and the larger size.

Second, the IWC Mark XVII.  This would be nicknamed ‘Tuxedo’ for obvious reasons.

A man can dream…



  1. Jason B
    09/30/2013 / 8:25 AM

    You need to add an Omega Speedmaster to your list. Hodinkee is an incredible site.

  2. Steve
    09/30/2013 / 9:28 AM

    It’s not obvious to me why the IWC, a stainless steel pilot’s watch with second hand and date, would garner the nickname “Tuxedo.” Please elaborate.

  3. 09/30/2013 / 10:02 AM

    Tuxedo = I would wear it with a tuxedo…or at tuxedo-appropriate events.

  4. JD
    09/30/2013 / 10:20 AM

    Is the Breitling Cosmonaute still on your list?

  5. James
    09/30/2013 / 1:42 PM

    +1 for the Speedmaster. Not going to find many watches with as fine a pedigree as that one.

  6. ELI
    09/30/2013 / 3:52 PM

    Remember when he said his first ten watches were a mistake… Skip the Panerai, save a mistake. Save up for a Patek, trust me, it will hurt, but in the long run, it will be a solid investment.

  7. steve
    09/30/2013 / 7:54 PM

    The IWC Mark XVII is a fantastic watch, but an occasion worthy of a tux is worthy of a dress watch (if one chooses to wear a watch).

  8. Spencer
    10/01/2013 / 12:52 PM

    Does Hodinkee or any other site have a good post on getting started it watches?

  9. Will
    10/02/2013 / 3:34 AM

    The mil-sub on the Bond nato strap is perfection.

  10. Ryan
    10/12/2013 / 11:21 PM

    I like that IWC. I’d also consider myself a budding “watch guy”. I inherited a Rolex GMT w/ pepsi bezel when my father passed away several years ago. My fiance surprised me with an Omega Aqua Terra Ryder Cup Captain’s watch as a birthday/engagement present a couple of weeks ago so I guess I’ve got a decent little collection going.
    Hoping I can get her on board with tolerating yet another expensive hobby.
    I discovered JS Watch company when I was Iceland a few years ago. They produce some very cool time pieces. Check them out if/when you get a chance.

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