Interview with CG from the AWC Channel
CG or Crystal is a YouTuber who makes videos about watches on her YouTube channel, a watch collector’s channel (AWC for short).
She has attracted a large fanbase, who she calls the CG watch fam. Her channel is full of great watch related content, I highly recommend you check it out and subscribe while you’re there.
A huge thanks to CG for doing this interview with us. Without further ado, let’s get into the interview.
What got you into watch collecting?
I sometimes wish I had a more exciting answer to this question, but the reality is pretty boring. I started picking up several watches when I joined the Navy back in 2001 and much to the dismay of my wallet; I just kind of never stopped. Turns out, that made me a collector….ish.
What was your first watch?
The first watch I wore with regularity was actually a Pulsar branded watch that my dad got me when I joined the military. After that there was a very passionate love affair with the likes of Fossil, Kenneth Cole, and Guess Collection (which as it turns out is their posh Swiss line). That prompted me to research more about how watches work in general and then the rest as they say, is history.
What got you interested/inspired/started making watch related videos on YouTube?
I was checking out a watch that had a really cool back story, the EONE Bradley. It was inspired by a Navy veteran that lost his vision due to an explosion while he was overseas. As a veteran myself, it resonated with me. I turned to YouTube to see what others were saying about it and I couldn’t really find what I was looking for. So, when I got the watch, I figured I would make a video for anyone else that might be thinking about getting one. Not really sure why I kept on making videos, but the interaction in the comments section was really cool and I enjoyed the exchanges with like-minded people. I think it’s the great people I’ve met as a result of this hobby that has kept me creating content.
If you could only have one watch for the rest of your life, what would it be?
First off, I would throw a serious tantrum. I could NEVER own just one watch. Having said that, I’ll play your cruel little game 😉 I would have to say that in my current collection, the one watch for me would be the vintage Citizen Challenge Timer. I’m sure anyone that knows me would expect me to say the JLC Reverso Squadra, and that is pretty close to being tied with the Challenge Timer, but there is something about that little panda dialed bullhead chronograph that just makes me happy every time I look at it. It’s possibly the fact that the caliber 8110A is an automatic chronograph with a column wheel, vertical clutch, and true fly back chronograph for under 500 USD that puts a devilish smile on my face. I have a deep appreciation and respect for Citizen as a brand.
What is the current size of your collection?
My current collection has 12 pieces in it…….I think.
Are you happy with the current state of your collection?
I’m certainly happy with the pieces I see when I look at my watch box, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more pieces I would like to add. Chronographs are my favorite complication and there are a few historically significant pieces I would like to add in the future. Not to mention anything else that catches my eye!
What advice would you give to new watch collectors?
I would say to remember that you’re the only one that needs to like what you get. The watch community certainly has a dark side, and it’s the few that mistake their opinions for fact. A large percentage of this hobby is subjective in nature and depends on personal taste and characteristics that each of us value, which I’m happy to say, isn’t the same for everyone. I would also tell a new watch collector not to be scared of researching things for themselves, regardless of what “they” say about a piece. Getting into this hobby can be OVERWHELMING with all the options you hear/see/read, so start with what you like, and remember that you don’t NEED to have any specific brand or piece to validate yourself or your hobby. In my humble opinion, there is so much more to measure yourself by, such as how you provide for your family, kids, your contribution to society, etc. Watches are fun, but they AREN’T that serious.
Your YouTube channel is doing well! Would you ever like for it to become your full time occupation or do you see it as more of a hobby?
Thank you Karl. I’m not sure if I would want it to be a full time job or not to be honest with you, but I’m certainly enjoying it right now. I’m just glad that the channel in general enjoys an incredible group of viewers that are open-minded and capable of discourse, differing opinions, and mutual respect. The #cgwatchfam are certainly among the best watch lovers on the Tube and I could never thank them enough for it.
Thank you again for including me in this interview series.