It was a wild year of watch buying for the Worn & Wound crew. Grails were acquired, collections greatly expanded, watches were flipped, and there were plenty of surprises along the way. As the year comes to an end, we think we’re just about done with #NWAs until at least January (right?) so we’re being wildly adventurous and bringing you our selections for our favorite purchases of 2022 a little over a week before Christmas. Depending on what’s under the tree, these selections might need some slight revisions. But as of now, these are our favorite pickups of the year.
There were a few additions to my collection this year that particularly stand out, and still bring a smile when grabbing them out of the box. The Seiko SPB317 is the most recent among them, and it’s a watch that, as much I liked it when I picked it up, has somehow managed to grow on me further still in the time since. It’s just great. But, it’s not my fondest pickup of the year.
That honor falls to the Black Bay Pro, a watch that was released earlier in the year at Watches & Wonders. This too is a watch that managed to get under my skin after a somewhat lukewarm initial impression. After some time living with it, the watch really began to come into its own for me. I now consider a stable cornerstone of the collection, and it’s a watch I find myself recommending often.
We’ve said a lot about the Black Bay Pro since its release, both in its introduction, and in my owner’s review, and I’ve found the watch to be remarkably consistent in the intervening months. It’s such an easy watch to grab and go, and despite its thickness, I’ve never once found myself encumbered by it. Overall it’s got a great footprint and wears amazingly well, all things considered.