Fountain Pens and Mechanical Watches

I didn’t plan on becoming a fountain pen collector. I really didn’t. I’ve always had at least one fountain pen since 1976, but I’ve never had more than four at once. Suddenly in late 2010, I started to acquire more of them. I don’t recall what triggered that new-found interest, but it was certainly helped along by The Fountain Pen Network (FPN), an on-line forum for fountain pen enthusiasts. I now have a collection of about twenty pens.

One thing leads to another, and an FPN post advertising a mechanical hand-wound Russian chronograph watch got me curious about another tool from a bygone era. I didn’t buy that watch, but I did find a similar one a few months later, and have picked up a few more since then. Many of these watches require service, and I’ve found working on them as enjoyable as wearing them.

My Fountain Pen Collection

Pens, Ink, and Paper

My Watch Collection

Watchmaking and Repair