HODINKEE Radio: Twenty-Teens Watch Collection Fantasy Draft

HODINKEE Radio: Twenty-Teens Watch Collection Fantasy Draft

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We wanted to kick off 2021 with a bang, and when it comes to HODINKEE Radio that means a fantasy draft. Since we just entered a new decade, it seemed as good a time as any to look back at the last 10 years and some of our favorite watches from the period. The watch world is a completely different universe to what it was in 2011, and in addition to the watches themselves, this is a great opportunity to look back at our hobby, the industry that supports it, and the community that has grown around it. But, don’t worry, there are plenty of watches too. This is the official HODINKEE Radio Twenty-Teens Watch Collection Fantasy Draft.

This go-around, the rules are simple. Participants could pick any watch released between 2011-2020, there were no budgets, and we decided to be liberal about what counted as duplicates so we didn’t box anyone in. Each collection is five watches, with the picks filling the following categories: Sport Watch, Dress Watch, Complication (more than time and date), Budget (under $ 1,000 at time of release), and Wildcard (anything goes). We did our usual snake format draft to keep things fair. You know the drill.

The collections that resulted are extremely interesting. There are some true all-star watches in the mix, a few extremely obvious omissions, and more than one controversial selection. Remember, we’re summing up a decade of horological history here in just 20 picks. There is no way that all the incredible watches from the last 10 years could be picked, so please don’t judge us too harshly if we missed one of your favorites (but do let us know what watches you’d have picked in the comments). We’re going to do a whole follow-up show in which we reveal the winner, talk about what we’d do differently, look at some of the watches that should have made the cut, etc. Let us know in the comments if there are any questions you want us to address, and, of course, be sure to vote on the winner below.

The Collections


Sport: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic in Titanium (2017)
Dress: Cartier Maillon de Cartier (2020)
Complication: Patek Philippe Ref. 5270P with Salmon Dial (2018)
Budget: Swatch Sistem51 HODINKEE Generation 1990 (2020)
Wildcard: Rolex Rainbow Daytona Ref. 116595 RBOW (2018)


Sport: Tudor Pelagos Blue (2015)
Dress: Grand Seiko SBGW252 (2017)
Complication: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5164A (2011)
Budget: Halios Seaforth (2017)
Wildcard: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Prototype (2019) 


Sport: Tudor Black Bay Burgundy (2012)
Dress: Credor Eichi II in Rose Gold (2018)
Complication: Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia (2017)
Budget: Q Timex (2019)
Wildcard: Rolex Daytona Ref. 116500LN (2016)


Sport: Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLRO (2018)
Dress: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain (2018)
Comp: A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handswerkskunst (2014)
Budget: Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical (2018)
Wildcard: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Ref. 15202ST (2012)

You Pick The Winner

Show Notes

(11:20) Eric Ku’s Rainbow Datejust

(40:00) HODINKEE Radio, Episode 21: Matt Jacobson 

(43:00) The Vacheron Constantin 57260

(49:45) The Halios Seaforth

(56:30) The Grey NATO Episode 85: A Chat With Adventurer Cory Richards


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