I suppose this is a watch forum so this in my watch story.
I have for most of my life been a one-watch-guy. Recently I consider myself a 'watch enthusiast'. I would never call myself a “collector”. I have too few watches and no cohesive philosophy that deems my odd assortment a collection.
I initially got into watches out of necessity as a young combat-arms officer. Those of you who know the history of Gallipoli and ‘the Guns’ know that in that battle a failure to synchronize watches between the artillery officer and the assault officer led to a catastrophic loss of life. As a result, at the end of any ‘O' Group before an operation, watches are synchronized.
In order to be able to synchronize a watch during operations I bought a cheap and cheerful hackable diver. Unfortunately, I was a young Cavalry officer and the insides of tanks are full of hard bits and are very hard on watches. I went through a couple in a couple weeks before I had a careful look around at what the instructors were wearing. The answer was the early Timex Ironman. I promptly bought one and made it through combat training and several overseas tours. The Ironman was perfect at night with ease of synchronization at 0 dark thirty ‘O' groups in the rain. I have had a Timex Ironman (probably my third or fourth now) to this day.
I bought my ‘one watch’ about 16 years ago. I had come to work on the sea so a Seamaster seemed appropriate. I didn’t know at the the time that it was a Bond watch. I just really liked the blue wave face, blue bezel and name Seamaster. It has been a remarkable piece and has served me well in hard use for many years. I would never sell it.
My enthusiasm for watches came about when I received my Grandfather’s WWI trench watch. There is a thread on that watch so I won’t repeat the full story here but the watch was given to him by his mates when he left the trenches to join the RFC as a fighter pilot. That watch is a family legacy for me. Several other enthusiasts on this site did some remarkable horological research on the watch for me that add to the story. When I wound it and opened the back and saw this 100 year old watch working perfectly I was hooked.
I now have one more watch that I am looking into. It also belonged to my Grandfather but it comes with less history. My bit of research tells me the watch was produced by Alb. Grossenbacher, probably post WWII.
I am enjoying this new enthusiasm and am considering a new watch or two for fun. I am interested in how the other enthusiasts on this site discovered watches.
Cheers and enjoy the weekend, D