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I know there's probably a lot of posts like this, but I'm interested to hear of other stories of members and their first "special" watch. For some it may be a dime store timex with significant meaning for them, others it may be that first luxury watch they were able to purchase when they got that promotion then needed to justify spending the money, and to others it may be an apple watch that got them thinking about how cool watches are. Whatever it was, there's no wrong answer or judgement here. I'll start.

It was March of 2003 and I was in the US Army stationed in Germany and we got orders to deploy to Iraq. My family all lived in the US and I was coming to terms that there was a possibility that I would never see any of them again. I decided I wanted to buy something that if I didn't come back maybe some piece of me would and a watch made the most sense to me. I wanted to leave it to my father. Something he could wear to remember me by without calling any attention to what he was wearing. I decided on an Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph. Not knowing anything about buying luxury watches and being in Germany, I purchased it from one of the online grey market dealers and it arrived shortly after I ordered it.

Since I received it, it's been with me for all of my life's major events. It was my only watch in the beginning until my addiction truly set in, but it was always the one I wore when something mattered. Getting through a war zone, engaged, married, the birth of our first and second daughters, anniversaries, etc. I sort of turned it into my good luck charm. And when something was important I felt the need to wear this watch over the others in my collection. I have "nicer" watches now, but this one is the one I'll never sell and always winds up getting enough wrist time. I know, this post is too long so I'll stop here. But I'm sure we'd all love to hear your story.

And here she is today. As amazing as the day I got her.
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Beautiful watch, and great story. And from one Iraq survivor to another, thank you.

My special watch was a Chase Durer Wing Commander. From a young age I was fascinated with both aviation and watches, but never got the two combined. At some point I bought an Aviation Weekly that had a Chase Durer ad in it, and I fell in love. I didn't have a lot of money growing up, so the ~$200 price tag was a big hurdle. So at the age of 15 I mowed lawn after lawn, and eventually saved up the money. After 6 years of daily wear the watch was pretty thrashed. I've tried getting in contact with Chase Durer for a service, but they won't return my messages.
 

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Nice thread and nice story 5thofjuly!! Funny I shared this story with "I like them BIG" just a couple of days ago..

I've started to be into the hobby in 2012 when I got my degree: I wanted to celebrate the milestone with a watch so I started to visit many dealers and in the end.. I bought nothing! That's because when my grandma found out that I was looking into buying a watch decided to give me my Grandfather watch (who left us 15 years before), I always wanted that watch and I never dared to ask for!! It is a beautiful Cortebert from 1960 bought in swiss, words can't describe how much I love that watch, for the history it has and for the pride it gives me when I wear it (I know, it might sounds stupid).
It's the watch I wore during the most important events of my life: my degree, my wedding, my first job... I wear it every christmas when I meet with my relatives and my Grandmother is always happy to see how much I care about that watch, she was so emotional when I decided to wear it during my wedding.
I always admired my Grandfather for his personality and the man he was, having a part of him always with me makes me feel proud.

I'd like to post a picture about it, but the watch is on service :(

Looking forward to read more stories. A watch it's not just a watch.
 

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Vintage GMT Master Rolex. Buddy was getting married saw it at a semi-shady jewelers in Las Vegas and pulled the trigger for $2200, with a cleaning cloth! View attachment 14267459
I don’t know if it’s the tropic strap or what, but your photos of his watch always strike me as the nicest GMT I’ve ever seen. The current iteration is like a caricature by comprasion, especially the bezel. Yours is an absolute beauty.
 

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I have three special watches that I will never sell. The first was my 21st birthday present, a Tag Heuer Aquaracer chronograph. This was before I was into watches and really just wanted one black dial stainless steel watch on a bracelet that was super versatile. I still wear it often to this day, and it is my beater watch that has been with me through some cool things
 

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My first “special” watch was actually the first watch I ever had aged about 4. It was some pre owned “learn to tell the time” Timex (most of my stuff was pre-owned) and I was the only kid in the class with a watch, I was probably the only kid in school with one and I was SO proud of watch. When. I’d mastered time telling I moved up the the big league and have never been without a watch on my wrist since.
 

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Ok, I'll bite... My first real (as opposed to toy) watch came from the Sears Catalog in the early 1970's. Per "Santa", The Daisy Red Rider was out of the question as a Christmas gift, but the Timex, apparently was ok! I was thrilled with the complications of my Christmas chronograph (which may have set mom and dad back about eleven dollars - a princely sum back then for a pre-teen kid's gift at our house). Well, the watch did not survive next summer's trip to the beach, where I discovered it was neither sand or waterproof, as both appeared under the plastic crystal. It never worked again. By that time, I was smitten. forever after, a "watch guy".
 

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Had always worn a watch since boy in the 1970's
Through the 80's I wore different Seiko 5s
July 1991 - was off to seminary to train as a priest
Friends clubbed together and gave me a generous gift
Wanted to buy something special - bought a discounted Omega Speedy for about £400
 

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A long, long, long time ago, I saw a black and white Robert Mitchum movie. In one of the scenes, they focused on his watch and it was a Rolex. I was hooked.

I really couldn't afford one at the time, but that didn't stop me from looking in the jeweler's windows and all the Rolexes on display every time we went to the mall. Finally, sometime later, while I was checking out the displays, I heard a voice behind me, "Just go in and get one already." It was my wife.

I went in and picked out a brand new S/S Datejust with a white gold bezel and Jubilee band. It cost $55 a month to a total of $1050.00.

I loved that watch and wore it almost every day, at work and play. After 22 years I decided to sell it and get a two-tone. I listed it on eBay and sold it quickly for $900.00. I then bought a used two-tone Datejust that was in very good condition.

Long story shortened........ the Two-tone Rolex has rested in a safe for 10 or 15 years. I don't wear it. Someday, my son will get it.

I wish I had kept the original S/S watch as it will always be special to me.
 

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I’ll jump on this as well. I’m sure that my story is very similar to a lot of folks here, but I’ve always been into watches growing up and told myself that after I get my first job, I’d go hunting. That day comes, get my first paycheck and pick up the Tissot LeLocle with the black dial - I was doing doing my own research up until so I knew what I was looking for. Looking back I could have probably gotten a slightly better deal, but it’s one of my watches that is in the ‘will never sell’ category.
 

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I was always into watches from a very young age. As I entered Jr. High School my appreciation (and aspirations) grew to Rolex. Of course, it was just a dream.

Fast forward to high school graduation (1984) and my parents bought me a Rolex Datejust (36mm) for graduation present. It was and still is the most important gift I have ever received. It was my “only” watch for 24 years. It was on my wrist every day during my young adult life ... college, grad school, when I started my company, and so on. It wasn’t until 2007 that I caught the “watch bug” and began buying/wearing other watches. But, it all began with that special watch.





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