Bazamu isn’t a real word. I made it up. It was created with good intentions though, I promise. “Bazamu” takes root in the Turkish word “bağbozumu,” which means “vintage” and is just one of countless words and phrases that I’ve learned and used while traveling abroad in order to find the local flea market or vintage / antique shops.
Inevitably, 99.8% of the goods in these dusty shops are worthless, but the dream of finding a lesser-known, highly valuable brand in a pile of beat-up watches continues to take me into areas of cities that I otherwise would have never explored. While it may be a perfect example of the definition of insanity, the rush that accompanies uncovering a hidden gem in those physical (or virtual!) rubbish heaps is hard to replicate in other hobbies. It’s intoxicating, it’s addicting, and it has made my love for vintage watches run far deeper than I ever predicted it would.
This site has been an idea for a long time, and I’m thrilled to finally take the time and effort to make it a reality. I often have people ask “how in the world do you find these watches?” whenever I post a new one on social media, and this is a way to share those methods and stories, and shed some light on why I was drawn to the references in the first place. The beautiful thing about collecting watches is that there isn’t a definitive finish line – a collection is a fluid thing, and here’s to hoping that I can continue to dig up more interesting pieces in the years to come. I hope you guys enjoy the site and stay tuned in for the long haul.
Never stop exploring, enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and always keep the faith. Timing is everything!