Suffice it to say, that my workplace is a bit of a wasteland when it comes to fine Timepieces. Aside from our CEO, the workspace is littered with Invicta's, fashion brands, and a seemingly endless supply of Asian produced Quartz monstrosities.
One of the high-powered Sales Reps I work with, doesn't wear a watch. He uses his "cellphone" as a timepiece. If you are feeling a bit ill to your stomach right now, you're not alone. The modern version of a pocket watch, minus any charm or taste.
So like a good enthusiast, I took it upon myself to gift him a finely crafted timepiece, so that he too can taste true luxury. Not knowing where to start, I headed to a large friendly internet auction site, and typed automatic watch.
Not having a specific criteria, I was hoping to see something that would stand out from the rest. Like any good WIS I was prepared to spend thousands on this little endeavor, and was pleasantly surprised to see it would cost me a bit less.... When I found this.
The GOER Automatic Mechanical Date Men Watch Chronograph US...
Now, to be honest, the name of the watch is a bit deceptive... in the sense that it isn't a Chronograph in the true sense of the word. In reality it's so much more.
Raised Gold Arabic numbers, two... yes two second hands. One with a direct drive mechanism and another that employes an indirect drive. It's like owning a Miyota 8215 and Seiko 7s26 in one watch!
Furthermore, the highly decorated movement glides at 6 beats per second, and although it doesn't hack, it handwinds with what can only be described as a silk like quality.
Then there's the crown. I used to be on the fence when it came to the large canteen style crown employed by U-Boat, or TW Steel.... or even god forbid... Invicta.
Now I get it. I'm going to give a nod to the Rolex owners who have told me you have to own one to get "it", because now that I own this watch (albeit temporarily) I get the canteen.
It unscrews with a buttery precision that only a Goer owner can appreciate. The canteen yields access to the hidden motherload... the crown, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. No clicks winds the mainspring barrel. One click, quick set date. Two clicks, sets the time. Simple yet elegant.
The strap seals the deal. Very few manufactures have been so bold to date, as to put a Leather pilot's fleiger strap on a tool diver watch... until now.
Goer not only pulls off this risque combination, but I would argue it IS what pulls the entire body of work together into a graceful yet masculine timepiece.
There are those here that argue a watch can not be art. That it is a tool, an instrument that functions and that art by definition has to be void of function. For those that adhere to this Post Modern dribble, I present to you The GOER Automatic Mechanical Date Men Watch Chronograph US.
Now the hard part. Giving it away.
Our Strategy meeting is at 9am MST on Monday. It is going to be hard to part with this object, but opening up the world of finely crafted timepieces to a new enthusiast, seems a fair trade.