MEET THE COLLECTOR #13: Jasper Lijfering (Amsterdam Vintage Watches)

Today the 13th episode of the topic Meet the CollectorMeet the Collector is about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill. I’m very proud to show you the 13th collector: Jasper Lijfering in the topic: Meet the Collector. 

Jasper Lijfering is the owner of Amsterdam Vintage Watches store. His store carries the most finest, rare and wanted vintage watches. Thanks for sharing your story Jasper Enjoy.

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Jasper Lijfering

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What’s your favorite watch brand:

Rolex.

What’s your favourite vintage watch:

My very first vintage Rolex I bought holds the most emotional value to me. It doesn’t matter that I bought €50k, €100k watches, in the end this will always be my greatest trophy.

How long are you collecting:

My enthusiasm for watches, and especially the story behind specific pieces, was sparked around the tender age of 12. Saved enough money to purchase my first real watch when I was 16 and I was instantly hooked.

How many items are there in your collection: 

Well, my personal collection often contains around 8 to 10 pieces. Sometimes I decide to let one go or one has to make room for a better example etc. Three pieces in my collection will never leave me though.

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Jasper Lijfering with a collection of rare vintage watches.

How or why did you became a collector:

It is like catching Pokemon back in the days, you want to have them all! Furthermore; I can spend the money I make with watches, on watches ; )

What’s the best thrill about collecting?

Obtaining that one piece everybody wants to have and enjoying it’s hunt.

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Vintage Rolex Pre-Daytona 6238 Metal.

What is your favourite item and why:

Watch that got me into this mess in the first place: The Rolex GMT-Master 1675 “Pepsi” with glossy gilt dial. As a little twelve-year-old I just really liked the strong colour scheme of the faded bezel and yellowish tritium plots. My father wore it and I asked whatsupp with it. He told me it was nicknamed “Pepsi” because of the red and blue bezel. Pepsi was cool so I started digging into it’s history and found out the real reason behind it. The GMT was a pilot watch and issued for Pan-Am; blue and red company colours. To me the story became more valuable than the watch and my father noticed this and always kept it for me.

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The Rolex GMT-Master 1675 “Pepsi” with glossy gilt dial.

What’s your best bargain in your collection:

Honestly all can be considered bargains. Because of the strong price development of these ‘mechanical pieces of art’ you can never go wrong with a decent vintage watch as long as the condition and originality are good. But most importantly it is a great investment in my own joy and that doesn’t have a price tag (cheesy but true).

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Rolex Daytona 6263 Floating Big Red.

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one:

I have had some pieces that are worth a small fortune and one might buy a house for the same price (not in Amsterdam though). Unfortunately I than often run out of breath, financially speaking, and have to sell it again to acquire new stock and to pay the rent, employees etc.

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Jasper Lijfering in his store: Amsterdam Vintage Watches.

Which item would you add to your collection (wishlist):

Many watches still have to be acquired by me and I do carry a list of some ‘Grail watches’ I haven’t had yet. On top might be the Rolex Milgauss 6541 and Rolex Day-Date with Opal dial. Current prices, if you can even find one, reach up to €300K; so need to work even harder, haha.

Where do you get your daily inspiration from?

Not so much online nor in magazines or whatever. Mainly from the community of vintage watch lovers that are quite well connected (Okay also because of the internet) and customers coming into the store with their story. But to name 2 icons: Steve McQueen and Paul Newman!

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Steve McQueen wearing a Rolex Submariner.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

Funny enough it is about making mistakes: “You win some or you learn some.”

And for the Dutch readers a more elaborate version: “De optimist die zich wel eens vergist, brengt meer geld in de kist dan de perfectionist die de aansluiting mist.”

Read also the previous episodes of Meet the Collector;

Jerry van Vorstenbos: Eposide #1

Michael van Hal: Episode #2

Antonio di Battista: Episode #3

Ronald Vijsma: Episode #4

Eric Maggiori: Episode #5

Ruedi Karrer: Episode #6

Viktor Fredbäck: Episode #7

Dave Edwards: Episode #8

Mohsin Sajid: Episode #9

Brit Eaton: Episode #10

Kay Knipschild: Episode #11

Douglas Luhanko (Second Sunrise store): Episode #12

Are you also a collector or do you know an interesting collector, please send an email to: wouter@long-john.nl 

Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.