The first watch I ever received was this watch...
...when I was 6 years old. Sadly, I could not see 35 years into a WIS future, and I killed that watch through hours of play. (This is a NOS model I bought about 20 years ago to replace it.)
The first watch I ever bought myself was a Casio G-Shock DW-5200 when I was a teen in @1985-6. I put it in a military keeper strap, the kind with the nylon/Velcro flap on top which covers the crystal to eliminate reflection, and wore it around. At some point, I stopped wearing it and it went in a drawer.
Two years ago, I found it in a box in exactly the same state. Oddly, it was still running (), but the bezel crumbled apart as I held it in my hand. The good news is that the crystal was flawless (it was always covered after all) as were the original screws which unscrewed with ease. Unfortunately, my "rediscovery" of this watch occurred after Casio stopped supplying the original bezel (never fails ). After months of looking, I found a seller who had two, NOS DW-5200 bezels. While expensive as you'd imagine (each far more than the watch had cost!) I bought them both. I now had everything I needed to put this piece back to original condition with the exception of the 2 piece rubber strap. I had immediately taken the originals off in the 80s to put it on the military nylon, but had no idea as to their current whereabouts. (I mean, it has been over 25 years ). So I started looking for NOS straps. I could not find a silver buckle one, anywhere. Then, about two weeks ago, I found a seller in the UK who had one in the package! I got lucky, too, as the seller listed it by part number rather than which watch(es) it fit. Well, it arrived today. So here it is. 28 years after the fact. Looking like the day she came home with me. (single tear forms on lower eyelid).
It's amazing what we'll go through for a watch.