Asheboro, North Carolina
Buying On Time has been a process.
It began with a crawling idea, followed by a walking curiosity, and quickly became a running interest. It didn't take long until the kindle was fueled by the desire to acquire more knowledge...and more watches. (Yikes!) Ultimately, the process morphed into a labor of love, and sometimes the occasional disdain.
Buying On Time is my vintage-tinged perspective of finding & collecting timepieces generally outside today's 'norm'. It is a small slice of the larger horological hobbyist's pie; but, boy, does it taste good. The vast majority of the watches that pass through are genuine oldies, but there are some modern pieces you will see from time to time (no pun intended). Most of those will have direct influence from a historical watch or style, however.
Throughout my journey thus far, I have met a lot of great individuals and undoubtedly made friendships that I am truly thankful for. Without many, I wouldn't have received the help I required or been offered assistance and advice on numerous occasions. What was initially just about watches has revealed itself much more about relationships instead. I am deeply grateful to each of those people.
While I do seek to share and bring a focus to as much of what has drawn me to the world of watches as I can, my true litmus test will be this: If I positively impact folks along the way, then I will have succeeded. If I simply share and disseminate watches alone, then I will have failed. I honestly enjoy horology and this hobby that I have become so captivated by, but I am reminded often that the tangible things of this world, while pleasing, are not to be held too tightly; We cannot bring them with us when our days are through.
In the words of C.S. Lewis, “And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
Thanks for stopping by & God bless!
Selected Quotes About Time
"Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
"The greatest friend of truth is time; her greatest enemy is prejudice, and her constant companion humility." (Chuck Colson)
"What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know." (St. Augustine)
"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity." (William Penn)
"Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose." (David Brainerd)
"How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" (Dr. Seuss)
“You may delay, but time will not.” (Benjamin Franklin)
“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” (C.S. Lewis)
“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” (Henry David Thoreau)
“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.” (Martin Luther)
"Time is the very lens through which ye see -- small and clear, as men see through the wrong end of a telescope -- something that would otherwise be too big for ye to see at all. That thing is Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves parts of eternal reality." (C.S. Lewis)
"Time, though in Eternity, applied
To motion, measures all things durable
By present, past, and future." (John Milton)
Rooster (the cat)