I received my Rolex 16800 as a commissioning present when I became a Marine officer. In the nearly twenty years I have had it, it has deployed with me around the globe and been on many foreign shores, been on every military dive, every military parachute jump, and served three bona fide combat tours of duty in Iraq on my wrist. It saved my wrist from being broken in a serious fall (though I had to replace the bezel and bracelet).
I always have to smile when people ask if it is real and then display shock as though I am crazy for wearing it while doing the things I do. It was made for this purpose! I have spent at least half its value in keeping it serviced (not to mention the cost for the new bracelet and bezel), but it is more a favorite of mine than even my Omega Ploprof - I will never part with this watch. I can't seem to bring myself to even consider the purchase of a new Rolex. Perhaps upon my retirement? Suggestions, anyone?