Matthew Wiseman

Money Pits

Welcome to my gallery of bad financial decisions; cars, watches, fashion and shoes are my main vices. It could be worse, I could have a crippling cocaine addiction, that might be cheaper though.

My E30

My E30

The venerable E30 was my choice as a first car. Solid, fun, well designed and relatively easy to work on I believed that it would be a good companion for my high school and college years. As with any classic car there are highs and lows and especially with vintage BMWs, the highs are akin to summiting Everest and the lows are like being dumped in the Marianas Trench. Overall "she" has been a good car

Citizen Nighthawk

Citizen Nighthawk

This was my first watch, a gift from my mom when I was 12. I did not take very good care of it, as the original crystal (mineral) got very scratched. This year I had the crystal replaced with a nice domed sapphire that gives the dial a nice depth and won't scratch. The watch appears here on a leather vintage style NATO.

Seiko SRP779 (AKA Turtle)

Seiko SRP779 (AKA Turtle)

The Seiko Turtle reissue is a remaking of a classic 1970s Seiko diver. The Original 6309 Turtles were very common on the wrists of Vietnam era GIs as they were akin to the G-shocks of the time. This new version features the classic durable cushion case, a workhorse 4r36a movement (21,600VPH) and a classic divers bezel with a "Pepsi" insert. Pictured here on a Strapcode Super-oyster on the ferry to Miyajima in Japan

Seiko SARY055

Seiko SARY055

This is a watch that is meant to fly under the radar. This watch is a favorite of Japanese Salarymen and features a couple of very nice touches for the price ( about 28,000¥). Blued hands, Kanji Day wheel, and applied indexes add to the cool comfortable demeanor.

Watch is pictured on the stock bracelet ( which is nice and lightweight but doesn't taper enough) on the Shinkansen.

Panerai Luminor

Panerai Luminor

Full disclosure this watch is not yet mine, a close friend and mentor was kind enough to let me borrow it on an extended basis as the result of a late night dinner after a Bay Area watch club meetup. A Panerai (PAM for short) is not really a conventional choice for a first luxury watch. However, I really enjoy it. The Lumi is very similar to me I think, Its big, a bit rough around the edges and a bit obnoxious. But also it's "time only" dial and robust 6497 (21,600VPH) movement give it a classy and honest character that is very hard to discount.