Alton Brown’s obsession with Vintage Watches

I’m not really the type of guy who loves cooking or watching cooking shows on TV.
I cook because I have to, not because I want to.
However, there is 1 celebrity chef who I can watch for hours and hours. Alton Brown is not only an awesome chef, but he’s also a fun, energetic and creative guy.

I first saw Alton Brown a few years ago on his show, Good Eats.
The show started in 1999, and after 14 seasons, it finished in 2011.
I’m proud to say that I have seen every single episode! (All 244 of them)
Here is a list of all the episodes. http://epguides.com/GoodEats/

It’s definitely not a normal cooking show. Alton uses many props and gadgets to make the show fun and interesting for non-foodies like myself (I love the yeast sock puppets!). He goes into extreme detail and explains the chemical processes inside the food. He also uses many non-conventional tools in the kitchen. It’s a mix of science, food and crazy fun! (kinda like Sesame Street for adults)

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Alton Brown having a conversation with some “yeast” sock puppets while explaining how bread rises.

After watching a few episodes, I noticed that Alton wears some pretty nice watches.
He wears many brands like Omega, Hamilton, Rolex, Patek Philippe, IWC etc.
I started digging around on the internet and found out that he’s a huge vintage watch lover!
I found an article on MensJournal.com where he spoke to them about his watch obsession.
http://www.mensjournal.com/style/watches/alton-browns-other-obsession-vintage-watches-20150810

Interesting quote from the article:

“You’ve seen me wear a lot of different watches, most of which I don’t own anymore. Here’s an interesting tidbit: I used to change watches every season on Good Eats because it made it very easy to recognize what season each show was from. It would be like, if one came on and we were going through footage, we would actually identify the season by what watch I was wearing. We had a chart. It changed every single season.

There was one season where it gets messed up though, where I actually had a watch break down. I had to switch mid season to another one and the script woman I worked with said “you know you’re going to have a problem.” So I went back and wore the other watch broken for the rest of that season. Which really messed me up because, as director, I’d keep looking at my watch and go, “Oh, dammit.” [laughs] And I won’t mention the particular brand.”

Today, you can see Alton Brown on 2 shows, Cutthroat Kitchen and Camp Cutthroat.
He uses his own chronographs to time the rounds during the show.

He made a post on his Twitter a while ago saying that he buys most of his watches from an online shop called Wanna Buy a Watch.

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Patek Philippe Aquanaut on Good Eats
Patek Philippe Aquanaut on Good Eats
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Alton wearing his IWC Portuguese on Camp Cutthroat
Alton wearing his IWC Portuguese on Camp Cutthroat
Omega Seamaster Chronostop on Good Eats
Omega Seamaster Chronostop on Good Eats
Close up shot os Alton's own IWC Portuguese and Omega Seamaster Chronostop
Close up shots of Alton’s IWC Portuguese and Omega Seamaster Chronostop
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Alton’s Hamilton Khaki Chronograph
Alton Wearing a stunning Rolex GMT Master II with the Pepsi bezel
Alton Wearing a stunning Rolex GMT Master II with the Pepsi bezel
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