A Tokyo Watch Collector Aims for Sustainability

Care and the occasional repair have kept Michiteru Ohtani’s watches running for decades.

TOKYO — Of the timepieces in his collection — which includes two Patek Philippe enamel-dial Calatrava Ref. 2526 watches and a Van Cleef & Arpels gold mini travel clock, all from the 1950s — Michiteru Ohtani is particularly fond of a Disney edition Seiko mechanical watch from 1962.

When he entered kindergarten, “my grandfather gave it to me so it’s an important memory,” he said. “He was thinking of me when he chose it and gave it to me, and that makes it even more special.” The watch’s white paper dial is labeled Disney Time and bears the

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