It might be reasonable to assume that the “watch collector” is a relatively recent breed of timepiece consumer. These are the types of people who make it a point to own a variety of watches, often focusing on the emotional versus the mere practical utility of each. The watch collectors of today are indeed a well-established and diverse community, and virtually every level and size of watch collection is certainly represented among aBlogtoWatch readers. While new technology has made mechanical watches practically obsolete it ironically also allowed watch collecting to thrive more than at any time in its history. But, while of course it wasn’t always this way, watch collecting is nothing new.