I am a watch collector of sorts. Mostly I collect the old stuff – pocket watches made before World War I and wind-up wrist watches from the 1930s to the 1950s.
I got started back in the 1950s myself when my grandfather gave me one of his old pocket watches. I still have it; it still runs pretty well.
About 10 years ago I joined an online watch forum. I was later appointed a Moderator for the Vintage and Pocket Watch section. As time went on I gave more time and effort to the forum, which grew to be the most successful and most visited one online. There were about 50 other volunteers like me.
Then the owner sold the site unexpectedly. The buyer was an Internet forum aggregator – a company interested in making money from site advertising and sponsors but not interested in watches. We went from working for an owner we liked and respected to being unpaid labor for a faceless corporation.
That did not sit well with me so I resigned. So did a number of the other Moderators. We’ve decided to start up our own site – for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts. It has been a lot of work so far – especially for the IT guru who’s spearheading the effort. We haven’t even got the forum open as yet, But at least we are working on something for ourselves.