Even as a kid I liked watches. My dad had a rectangular Hamilton (tank watch?). When I graduated high school he bought me an Accutron tuning fork watch. If memory serves that was something over US$100 in 1972. I wore that for about four years until I distroyed it in a motrocycle wreck. I was a starving student so I went watch-less for about six years.
In 1979 dad and I started our own company. After a couple of years we were making enough money I could quit waiting tables at night to pay my rent. In 1982 I earned more than my age for the first time and to mark the occasion I bought myself a new stainless Perpetual Date with a charcoal colored dial. That watch cost me almost two weeks pay and I still wear it a few days each week.