HackingSeconds has been a passion project of mine on and off for a while now. When I started getting into watches, I did what I think everyone else does: read the forums -- a lot.
For me, the most fun was when someone got a new watch. They'd post photos, and talk about the watch, why they bought it, etc. This was where I saw a lot of enthusiasm, but the experience of looking at pictures on a forum just isn't that great (the experience of adding them to a post isn't all the great either). This made me start thinking about how I could improve that experience a bit, and that's when I started thinking through HackingSeconds.
Ultimately I realised that the value of having your watch collection online wasn't just about sharing it with friends. It's about us too. How many of us have spreadsheets or a google doc listing the watches we have (or had), their serial numbers, the watches we want, and maybe even a breakdown of type/calibre, etc... Having your watch collection cataloged online means consolidating that information in an environment a bit more interactive than a spreadsheet.
Then comes the FSOT forum pages. These are amazing. You won't find better deals on great watches from real watch people anywhere else. The problem is volume. I found myself scrolling through pages of watches I had no interest in to find that one needle in the haystack. My ultimate goal is to use predictive models to help narrow that haystack down a bit, so that the heavy lifting is done by us, instead of you.
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