Do you view a quartz watch as cheating? You may be a WIS (Watch Idiot Savant). Would you identify a mugger’s watch before noticing he was holding a gun? You may be a WIS. Would you rather wear Flava Flav’s Frisbee-sized clock rather than an Apple Watch? You are definitely a WIS. Chances are you need a way to keep track of your watch collection. Enter Multi Collector Pro . . .
As my watch collection grew, this WIS worried about keeping track of his timekeepers. My home owner’s insurance policy requires a list of watches. Equally, if someone be foolhardy enough to break into my digs, I’d want to be able to give the po-po pictures and a list of any stolen watches. And yes, I’m OCD.
I thought about creating an Excel spreadsheet. No doubt I could have found a WIS on a watch forum willing – proud! – to share his watch curating Excel template. But Excel spreadsheets look like spreadsheets. They’re not interactive or user-friendly; as boring as the new Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 mechanical (or so RF would have you believe).
After a bit of snooping around the interwebz, this WIS willfully wandered onto the aformentioned Multi Collector (no commission on link), brought to you by an outfit called LignUp.
The program is designed for collectors of all things bright and beautiful. You can use Multi Collector Pro for an unlimited number of collections. LignUp has a crap-ton of downloadable templates for virtually all conceivable (and inconceivable) categories of collectibles.
People collect sugar packets? Milk cup lids? Furry costumes? Ahem. Obviously, there’s a watch collectors template. Not so obviously, it needed modification. Therein lies the tale (nothing to do with Furries) . . .
LignUp is available for both PC and Apple iOS. Multi Collector comes in three flavors: Free, Pro and Premium.The Free version lacks many of the best features, and the Premium version is for multiple licenses/computers and includes priority tech support. I highly recommend you spend the $40 to Go “Pro.” (Still no commission on link.) Multi Collector Pro enhances the enthusiast/collector experience.
[You’ll be pleased (or disappointed) to know I won’t be writing a tutorial or delving into all the features here. Click here for the online manual.]
At first glance, the process of recording a lot of information about each of your watches might seem daunting. It helps to remember you can use as little or as much of the program as you want. You can start with the basics and expand the recorded information later.
Each watch/item entry has a number of preset fields including price paid, source, date acquired, estimated value, features, type, dimensions, serial number, images, and more. There are fields for notes and links, too. Use as few of these as desired, or add as many as you like.
You can edit the template to include more fields such as pdf files of receipts and service records. Or you can add a field for accessories such as additional straps. Your imagination/OCD is the limit. You can also reposition the fields on the template. (Click here to download and use my customized template.)
Within the existing template fields (e.g., Features or Type field), you can add, delete, or edit features and categories.
Multi Collector Pro allows the use of filters and tags. If I want to display only my G-SHOCK “Squares,” I can do that. If I want to see only my solar atomic watches, ba-bam! I can filter my collection by any parameter or combination of parameters.
Multi Collector Pro can generate customizable reports and stats for your collection, as well. It is, in fact, infinitely customizable.
A casual watch owner or hobbyist – who may use only the basic features – will find Multi Collector Pro useful. A world-weary WIS will be well satisfied with the range of features and ease of operation – if such a thing is even possible.
My advice for a WIS with a wide collection: eat the elephant one bite at a time. Discover the depth of features and customization as you go. But don’t be afraid to jump in. Be very afraid, if you know what I mean.