Nathan tells us his IG feed is shoes, cameras and watches — but honestly, it’s mostly watches. We’re absolutely fine with that, and suspect you will be too.
NAME: Nathan Liusvia
LOCATION: Kuala Lumpur
Who are you?
My name is Nathan Liusvia, but on social media, I’m known as @MySafari. During the day I work in a bank, in a regional role which involves quite a bit of travelling.
How do you unwind?
My responsibilities at work keep me rather busy, sometimes even on the weekends, but when I do get some time to relax, I make the most of it. I love to watch movies, go for a relaxing massage with my wife, or catch up on new episodes of my favourite shows on Netflix. I also love scrolling through my Instagram feed to interact with fellow vintage watch-lovers around the world and hunting down the next watch to purchase and add to my growing collection.
What’s your daily watch and why?
Over the years, a number of watches have been added to or sold off from my collection. But right now, I have gorgeous timepieces from Gallet, Movado, Lemania, Rolex, Longines, Universal Geneve, Omega – just to name a few.
My current favourite is a Seafarer in a 2443 case — it’s got all you’re looking for in a great summer watch; patina, turquoise and a healthy case size. I don’t have a particular daily watch because I really enjoy rotating and wearing different watches every day. It all boils down to whatever I feel like and the outfit I’m wearing that morning.
What’s your daily ride?
When I am in town, I get around in my Mercedes-Benz GLC250.
It looks like you travel quite a bit. What’s your perfect travel watch?
I usually have with me a few watches that I travel with. Most of the time, it includes one or two watches that I’ve recently added to my collection. Mainly because I enjoy variety, and having a few options.
In regards to specific pieces, a Rolex GMT 16750 — as it’s versatile for both business and casual. The quick set date comes in handy too. For something more formal, I’d bring my Movado Breguet in ‘FB’ case. This is a great watch to wear to business dinners as it’s usually a conversation piece.
Your Rolex Milsub is gorgeous. I’m guessing there’s a cool story behind it? Where has it been?
My Milsub is probably the most expensive piece based on market price, but I don’t necessarily think it’s the most “significant” piece from my collection. I’ve only owned it for about 2 years.
I purchased it from a fellow collector who had it without the right insert and hands. I then spent a year tracking down a correct insert and set of hands. I don’t know much about this piece, so the last box to tick is to uncover the history and provenance for this piece. For me, it’s all about the hunt, so it’s not something I’d ever sell!
I do know that the watch has gone through a lot — I’m still discovering the full history behind this beast, but stay tuned.
And finally, if you could have any watch tomorrow, what would it be?
If I could own any watch tomorrow, it’d be a Gallet FO MK1. As I said, I’m always on the lookout for interesting chronographs from the 1940s. What more can you ask for from a ’40s chrono with the name of my favourite city on the dial? Personally, I think it’s one of those categories of timepieces which are often overlooked and underpriced.