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I was curious to see when everyone's fascination and love of watches (and in some cases also clocks) began?

I was probably four when I really began to like watches and clocks for what they were. My great grandfather was a salesman and watchsmith/clock repairman in Little Rock Arkansas. I can remember visiting their house and there were watches and clocks EVERYWHERE. At this point I began to "like" watches and clocks. I got a little older and got a watch, a cheap one, I don't even remember the brand. I remember it was digital and I didn't like it, I wanted the analog dials. So for Christmas one year I got a watch with dial face. I don't even remember the brand. But there was also something that bothered me about it.

As the quartz movement ticked the second hand never lined up with the hash marks. That really bothered me from the ripe old age of about 9. The next year for Christmas I got a mechanical pocket watch. Not knowing a whole lot about these things at that point, I kept it for awhile and eventually it quit running (I think I over wound it).

Two years later (by this time i was about 12) I was given a Timex by my aunt. Just a fairly cheap quartz watch, but I liked it. Two years after that the band broke and I decided to take it apart. Needless to say it never kept time again. Finally, one day walking through the mall (age 14 now) I saw a Seiko I liked. Then I saw the price, $170...

That was a lot of money for a guy who grew up poor. As poor as we were, my grandparents were NOT poor. My grandma allowed me to work at her business cleaning and moving carpets and rugs for a week to earn some money. I was not able to earn 170 dollars...at 3 or 4 dollars an hour and being in school I did not have a lot of time. So we went back to JC Penny a couple weeks later and I bought yet another Timex. The man at the counter didn't even take any links out of the band. But I wore this watch for three years. In the meantime I got a real job but that income was used to build savings for college and buy a car. There were things about this watch that I did not like. Again the second hand was never properly aligned with the hash marks and there was a lot of play in the hands when setting the time.

My senior year of high school, my GF at the time bought me a Fossil for my birthday. Relatively good looking watch, but like most Fossil's it proved to be a major POS. It lasted a whopping 18 months before kicking the bucket.

Then my GF in college (now my wife) bought me another Fossil for my birthday. Again, a pretty good looking piece (albeit cheap looking compared with Seiko or Tissot etc). This lasted all of about two years before it killed over. I bought another Fossil immediately following to see me through school and it also took a dive in about twelve months time.

2005...FINALLY Graduation from University of Oklahoma and a good job lined up and getting married...

I told my soon to be wife on our Honeymoon I was going to buy a nice watch on Oahu (by nice I meant Seiko or Citizen). There was a Kinetic Auto Relay I had my eye on. 375 bucks for a watch was big money for me based on my past (growing up poor) and I was stoked. Needless to say I received that watch on our wedding night from my wife :D

I was soooo pumped it was ridiculous. I promptly put it on and showed it to everyone who would take a look. This watch is still functioning perfectly five years (almost 6) later and it has been used and abused and keeps right on keeping on. But I knew it was only a matter of time until I picked up a mechanical and started to build my collection.

I've always been into engineering and small details. I've read bits about watches for years, taken the cheapies apart from a pretty young age. I knew fairly quickly after graduation I from OU I would want to slowly build a collection and eventually get into mechanicals.

Last year in Maui, I picked up a Tissot LeLocle at a great price it's a chrono with the 7750, my first higher quality mechanical piece (higher quality comparitively speaking, I realize its no Omega or Rolex). I love that watch and this year I picked up a Hamilton Khaki Officer Auto Chrono, also 7750 powered. Each time we come to Hawai'i I will snag a new watch...perhaps a one or two in between trips as well.

I've had an interest and love for watches almost my entire life...thought i would share :)
 

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As the story goes, I was 3 when I wanted my first watch, and my parents bought it for me. Disneyland, I believe, circa the quake in 89. Pretty sure it was a Mickey.
 

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Lol I had one of those...circa 1986
As the story goes, I was 3 when I wanted my first watch, and my parents bought it for me. Disneyland, I believe, circa the quake in 89. Pretty sure it was a Mickey.
 

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OK, I'll play: My parents gave me a Timex wind-up back in the late '60s. I was probably about 6 or 7. Spidel band if I remember. I wore it every day until at some point, it vanished somewhere or broke. I had a chance to go to Europe to study when I was 14. I asked my grandmother what good watches I might afford in Switzerland, and she recommended Bucherer. I bought one for about $60-80, still have it. I have shown it here on WUS several times, just had it worked on last year. When my grandfather died around that time I inherited his old Hamilton and Gubelin, which I still treasure. In the '80s I was a student and starving artist and tended to wear dime-store digitals, so I wouldn't wreck my one good watch. My wife gave me a lovely little Seiko quartz moon watch in 1990, and I wore THAT every day until about 5 years ago. I felt somehow disloyal to her gift if I fed my growing watch obsession. I started looking at online watch sales and stopping at watch counters to oggle. I bought a few surprisingly good fashion quartz watches when they turned up at discount shops or Goodwill. I warned my wife a few years ago: "You know, if I ever start collecting anything, it might end up being watches." I'm hardly posh so that obsession never turned into a drawer full of Rolexes, thank goodness. I use WUS to scratch the itch. Problem is, like poison oak, the more you scratch the worse it gets!
 

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I am in my 50s and have been a watch "person" for all of 3 months or so. :-d

I had lifetime of Casios and Fossils until I bought a Tissot PR 100 on a January Carribean vacation. A moderately priced watch for sure, but it got me started researching and now it is only a matter of time before I get a mechanical dress watch.....and then I will need a decent dive watch.........
 

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Well, it started in 2003, and keep growing fastly. I saw a watch catalog which includes $$$ watches. I said, "what the heck is this" This is how i became a watch person :)
 

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I am in my 50s and have been a watch "person" for all of 3 months or so. :-d

I had lifetime of Casios and Fossils until I bought a Tissot PR 100 on a January Carribean vacation. A moderately priced watch for sure, but it got me started researching and now it is only a matter of time before I get a mechanical dress watch.....and then I will need a decent dive watch.........
There you go :)
I guess it's just in me. I never get sick of looking at them.
I also don't get sick of looking at them, I just like watching them move :)
 

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Elementary school - getting a new watch was always a big deal in my home...nothing fancy....but always fun. Getting my Q-bert Nelsonic in 4th grade was monumental - spent years with Guess watches and Fossil watches - seeing a Tag in the jewelers window in high school (1990) was the first time I learned how expensive a watch could be - I had no concept of quartz vs. automatic. When I earned enough to buy a Tag, many years later, to me it was a milestone.....began to learn more about watches and the world of automatics......and then found WUS.
 

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I was put in charge of clearing out some family heirlooms and weeding through some jewelry and I discovered my fathers awesome seiko quartz lc...After more digging I discovered my grandfathers 71' Bulova beau brummel and was amazed that by merely shaking the watch, it came to life after sitting in a box since his death. I was hooked. Googled. Still googling. Found WUS. Still Googling and FINALLY meeting real watch enthusiasts in person. Now I'm utterly addicted.

This is man's only chance at wearing jewelry besides a wedding ring, tried that latter and it didn't suit me or her I guess. Watches win.
 

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Since I never formally introduced myself with a proper thread, here goes...

I've been a quartz-only fan for most of my life. It started with a digital game watch I received when I was 7 or 8. It had some kind of tank shooter theme to it, I believe. When I got older, I was into running, so my family got me a Timex Ironman, which I also used to take camping--today it looks like it was chewed up by a dog, but I'm certain that it would still work if I put a new battery in it. My parents are one-watch-only people, but I always looked at them as cool fashion pieces (i.e. man jewelry), so I did build up a bit of a collection of Fossil watches through high school and college. Say what you will about Fossil, personally I've never had problems with them, although I wouldn't say they are meant to stand the test of time. What I thought was my first nice watch was a Kenneth Cole, which I wore often and still have. In general I couldn't understand the appeal of automatics when the time keeping ability of quartz was much more reliable with little interaction from me, plus from a gadget lover's perspective, they did more cool things.

It wasn't until I went to grad school that I really learned about the appeal of mechanical movements from some of my classmates. I began to do some research on movements and paid a lot more attention to what brands people wore. The brands stood out even more to me when I got my first (and current) job after graduation and noticed many of my coworkers wearing watches from dedicated timepiece companies. I settled on a Tissot Le Locle as my first automatic, which although it may not have the prestige of Breitling or Rolex--both of which I see at work--I feel it represents a great value and a somewhat informed choice. For the first time, and definitely not the last, I am interested in what's underneath the dial. I now have a constantly changing list of watches I want to buy and a ton of questions, but other than this forum I have yet to meet someone who considers themselves a serious watch enthusiast.
 

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Here's my short history with watches:

When I was a kid I used to have some watches (some funny children's watches and digitals), but I seldom wore them. Then when I was 13 or something I got my first mobile phone, and of course I used it as substitute for a watch. At that time I even didn't like the idea of having anything on my wrist, although I got a Swatch Skin model in 2000 and I wore it for some time because it was so light and unnoticeable. I can't remember if wore any watches in high school, probably not.

Everything changed when I got into the university: suddenly in autumn 2005 I got interested in mechanical watches. I really don't know what happened, something just clicked. I bought a few cheap vintages on purely aesthetic grounds, and eventually they all broke down or something. A Seiko 5 from 1970's was the best one: I wore it through my compulsory military service in 2006, and it ran exceptionally well. It started to lose some time in 2007, but I don't see too much point in servicing it.

After that I wore watches, mainly inexpensive quartzes, and a couple of years passed by without any new acquisitions. Then, in the beginning of 2010, something clicked again. I started getting myself new watches, but this time they were a bit better in quality. After some lurking I joined WUS in April 2010, and I still read the forums daily. WUS has given me lots of good info and ideas of new watches and keeps doing that. Thanks WUS!
 

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I am in my 50s and have been a watch "person" for all of 3 months or so. :-d
I, too, just got into them a few weeks before joing this nuthouse......

Although I've ALWAYS had a watch on, and it was always accurate, it was usually just a cheap watch and I never much cared. Now I'm getting hooked and find myself looking at peoples watches, even on t.v.
 

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I've always liked watches. I can remember browsing the display cases even as a kid. I didn't know anything about them, and I liked them purely from an aesthetic standpoint.
My dad wore a very traditional diver that he let me borrow on various Christmas Eves so I my sister and I could keep track of the time and not wake the adults too early. I always associate a classic diver with him, and I guess that's why I'll always have a soft spot for divers.
But in a general sense, I've always liked watches of all sorts.
 

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I was 13 years old, when my father handed down a movado kingmatic automatic chronographe, it was heavy, my father took meticulous care of it, there were some mystique to my watch and my dads watch collection, i knew he adored his as other fine things he had. So this watch became a sentimental value to me, I wore it death, didn't take care of it, wore it everyday and wherever I went throughout my teens. till it stopped working, took half year to overhauled it. Then recently my father handed down a Tag heuer automatic chronograph professional 2000, beautiful watch.

These experience by the way had helped take responsibility and be more meticulous when wearing these mechanical watches, and as i move up the ladder to higher end watches.

my collection so far is the movado and tag chrono's automatic, as my collection moving up the ladder. next year omega speedmaster. By the way I love all watches i have appreciation for all context of their art. my preference would always be automatic/mechanical Chronograph.
 

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I had several old girlfriends buy me watches like movado and tag that I really didnt wear. It wasnt until my mom brought me a rolex sub circa 1986 that I was kinda hooked.
 

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Good thread!

For me it was when I was a kid, probably first or second grade even. I had a couple watches that I wore, but then I also had a bunch of really really cheap or slightly busted watches that I would take apart and put back together... my parents would buy me fakes or other cheapies when my dad would go on a business trip to New York or something, and I would wear them til they died, then I would take them apart and put various dials, movements, and cases together. Some I could get running, some were forever dead. But, that is what got me started!

I had a few "decent" but mostly inexpensive watches through high school and college, and hoped (well, I guess I still do hope) to get a nice watch when I graduate from law school next year. However, I still loved watches during that time, just cant afford the ones that I would want.

Then, a year and a half ago, I met my now fiancee. Her father had the same hobby as a kid, and now as a successful adult, he has a GORGEOUS collection of fine timepieces. He and I have bonded over this mutual hobby. When I proposed to his daughter, he gave me my first, as I call it, "big boy watch," my JLC Master Control. It was from his own collection. It is one of my most prized possessions, not just because it is a beautiful watch, but it was a sign of him giving me his blessing, trust, respect and support in marrying his daughter. It is something I will be forever grateful for.

Maybe, if it is meant to be, I hope to someday pass this watch on to a young man who asks me for my future daughter's hand.
:)

Anyways, the JLC reinvigorated my interest, and just recently, I sold off some of my middle/high school watches in order to cut down my collection, but improve what it consists of! I guess it was addition by subtraction... fewer watches, nicer watches!

My JLC:
 

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Great thread!

The makings of my obsession started in early elementary school. I had a series of digital casios that I liked to wear. Always took the opportunity to test out the water resistance on those watches.
I bought a designer quartz dress watch in high school that I wore only on special occasions. Bought it more for the look than anything.
Some odd years later, my then-fiance (now wife) bought a Movado for me as a wedding gift. I realized I couldn't wear it all the time, it was just too nice with all the polished edges and such.
So I did some research and looked into an everyday watch that I could wear. After some research bought my first mechanical watch (Invcita 8926) and that started my journey into watches. I've owned a variety of watches including Hamilton, Seiko, Omega, and Debaufre. Had to sell some pieces to get a new computer so now I only own 2 Seikos (Spirit and Sumo).
One day I'm hoping to really upgrade the collection with a nice piece.
 

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im not sure of how to quote without making a complete mess of it but i love how you got your JLC, bdh.. you mustve been over the moon.

i havent really introduced myself either so here goes.
ive been a lover of watches ever since my grandfather bought me my first swatch for my 6th birthday.. it had a hologram dial and a clear plastic strap.
we used to set the time by the beeps on the news every week and i remember he was amazed at how the swatch never needed setting - he had an automatic.
i kept that swatch til it died after having its bracelet replaced more times than i can remember.
i had a lot of other swatches til i hit my late teens when i upgraded to a seiko kinetic arctura.. i started trading kinetics for a while and stopped after i bought myself an arctura auto relay in an airport duty free in singapore.
i wore it for about ten years until the capacitor/rotor crapped out - i took it to a kinetic specialist to get fixed and he offered to buy it from me because it was rare in the west.
i said no, he offered me a ridiculous amount for it, i said yes.
after that i decided to get myself a good automatic and discovered oris.
for the last 2-3 years ive been flipping, trading, selling, buying, upgrading, and obsessing.
i was able to buy myself an omega P.O 2900 50 91 and thought that now i had my grail, that would be an end to it.
it wasnt.. i missed oris and just "NEEDED" a watch for work so picked up a bc pointer date before they did the unthinkable and ended the deco style hands and plexiglass crystals.
now, i have about 5 more grails and counting.
so, at age 33.. i think im hooked for life.
 
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