There were three watches in the box that turned up in my post box. Two were cool Chinese mechanicals and one was an intriguing Swiss affordable. I don't really know what I could have done to deserve this kind of generosity, but I'm very grateful and, well, kinda humbled. When I got to WUS in late December 2008 I really had no idea how much my life was gonna change...or how wonderfully I'd be treated by this community. I'm just amazed.
To the sender: ...and to everybody here ...
A sharp Shanghai SB1H (one of my very favourite movements: solid, reliable, economical...a real people's movement) with a shimmery silver-grey face in the classic style of the vintage Seiko 5s or Orient 3-stars, with obvious nods to both. A straight up, well presented, not in-your-face...what my brother calls a "plain watch watch".
...and (a real surprise) a very cool example of a modern, and modern, Chinese fashion piece. Even though a B-style flieger is old-school (and often expensive), Tao delivers a a surprisingly affordable homage with a very nice sub-second twist. And the display back and movement are entertaining and attractive. A hard-core WIS will likely know straight off it's not a Stowa, Laco or Lange & Söhne...but folks on the street will know it's major cool and plain fun to look at, and they'll be right.
Again...it would be rude to be speechless, but adequate words fail me. Thank you.