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Yes! I still have my old blue dial Fossil I got in high school. I need to wear it some. My second watch I ever got was Citizen from my wife in high school (we started dating when I was 14). I was an idiot and shortly after we got married I washed it and the crystal broke. I threw it away instead of trying to fix it. What a dumb decision. Who would have ever thought I would have became a big time watch enthusiast and would now miss it so much!?
 

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My first real watch that my dad gave me. He bought it way back when, in a mythical time when you could actually buy a Rolex and even get a discount! Yes, 'tis true!
Anyway, this one has been through a lot and is now relaxing as a watch I still wear, but not all the time. I'm going to keep it in good shape and give it to one of my kids when the time is right.

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Unfortunately, my first watch as anything more than a kid was a swatch I had as a teen in the 1980s/90s. That one died and disappeared many many many moons ago...

My first adult watch was a Bulova Caravelle that died a terrible death with a leaky battery and fried movement. Wasn't worth fixing... that happened nearly 20 years ago...

As for the first watch I bought myself that got me hooked into collecting? That was a Sekonda Chrono that was absolute crap. It made me realize I knew jack **** about watches... which led to my moving on to bigger and better watches...

Still not in the 4-digit price range, but I don't expect to get there for another year or two...
 
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Yes! I still have my old blue dial Fossil I got in high school. I need to wear it some. My second watch I ever got was Citizen from my wife in high school (we started dating when I was 14). I was an idiot and shortly after we got married I washed it and the crystal broke. I threw it away instead of trying to fix it. What a dumb decision. Who would have ever thought I would have became a big time watch enthusiast and would now miss it so much!?
I think I recently trashed my blue fossil from the 1990s. The bezel didn't turn anymore, and the movement was shot - but it was a pretty watch... for Nortel Networks, of all things...
 
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My first real watch that my dad gave me. He bought it way back when, in a mythical time when you could actually buy a Rolex and even get a discount! Yes, 'tis true!
Anyway, this one has been through a lot and is now relaxing as a watch I still wear, but not all the time. I'm going to keep it in good shape and give it to one of my kids when the time is right.

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I think Rolex has gone the way of the Chevy Corvette and other nostalgic status symbols. There was a time when any working man could afford to buy a Corvette. They weren't outrageously priced supercars. When they first came out, they were about the same price point as a Ford Explorer is. Now they start at double that.

Rolex in the 1950s/60s was less than 25% of what it costs today in real terms. (Equivalent of about $1500 today).
 

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This was my 1st wristwatch, given to me in 1969 (I was 11yo), prior to this I had only had 2 different Westclox Big Ben pocket watches, neither of which I have. I did come across this mil style Westclox 20 or so years ago, I remember lusting after it in the display case at Western Auto so I had to buy it :) The Timex still runs and is good overall condition, it was a big deal when I received it so I always cherished it and used it as my "dress" watch, if anything church service seemed longer than ever while wearing a watch, lol.
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My mom gave it to my dad in the early 70's if I'm not mistaken. He didn't like to wear any jewelry so it sat on his drawer until I confiscated it (with his consent). That was when I was in 4th grade, around late 70's. I don't remember how nor when it broke and but I remember skipping it, glass down, across the school parking lot to demonstrate its "scratch proof" crystal :eek:(it was a big selling point by then, I believe). Anyways, I plan to fix it soon.
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My mom gave it to my dad in the early 70's if I'm not mistaken. He didn't like to wear any jewelry so it sat on his drawer until I confiscated it (with his consent). That was when I was in 4th grade, around late 70's. I don't remember how nor when it broke and but I remember skipping it, glass down, across the school parking lot to demonstrate its "scratch proof" crystal :eek:(it was a big selling point by then, I believe). Anyways, I plan to fix it soon. View attachment 15865995
I have a theory of how that may have happened given your methods of demonstrating its features…
 

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My first watch was my deceased grandfather's retirement watch, given to my mom for "safekeeping" until I was mature enough to wear it. As a four-year-old, I remember thinking how cool it was that I had such an adult thing. I had it cleaned a couple years ago, and wear it at least twice a year on the anniversary of my grandfather's date of birth and date of death. it also works very well as my "dress watch" for the few times I actually get dressed up. It's the Wittnauer on the right. The watch on the left belonged to my other grandfather, but I didn't get that one until I was about 20 years old.



My mom wasn't ready to let me wear my grandfather's watch, but I was very interested in watches and taught myself how to tell time. When I was six, she gave me this Charlie Tuna character watch. Clearly I loved the hell out of it.


My original Charlie Tuna watch no longer functions, but I did buy two examples off eBay. One is in like - new condition with a box (I don't wear it), and the other is on a aftermarket strap that is very funky 70s (shown below, functional, and worn a few times a year for fun).
 

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My first watch was a present from my Nan aged 11 when I went to big school.

It was a Timex Marlin on a leather strap, unfortunately it died a long while ago, but I have the new version of it, which I got as a Xmas gift from my wife, great nostalgia.
 
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