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    Do you still have your first watch?

    Here's mine (not including the Ninja Turtle watch):
    Well before I get to the pics, my dad bought this for me around 6th grade or so (I'll be 27 this month), I wore it for about a decade and it died out about 2-3 years into my Naval enlistment. It survived my teen angst years of skateboarding (and being generally reckless), and my party years of getting drunk all the time (and being generally reckless).
    I was stationed in Japan when it died, don't know what went wrong, but replacing the battery didn't work. It's okay though, as the pics will show, it's not really a WIS watch so I probably wouldn't wear it anymore anyways (but if it was still ticking, I probably wouldn't have become a WIS and would still be wearing it).
    Why is it not a WIS watch? Hollow end links, cheap stamped bracelet/clasp, snap-on caseback, quartz... It's a watch I wouldn't buy today, but keep in mind, it survived a decade of hard use (I wore it constantly: swimming, bathing, skateboarding, jumping off waterfalls etc..).

    A little scratched up:
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    End links, bracelet, clasp shot:
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    With my current collection:
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    I don't know if it was dark grey when I got it, but here's a pic of it compared to the rich black of my dress watch:
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    Legendary Seiko lume (beats my ScubaPro after however many years)! It's on the left:
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    Thanks for reading and I'm glad I'm able to share a little of my watch history (I don't know any WISs in real life).

    -Ben
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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    Thanks for sharing such a nice story, OP. My dad gave me my first Seiko and "nice" watch, a quartz mall Seiko, which was subsequently beaten up and trashed over the years. I recall dropping the watch and banging it against walls, surprised somewhat at its resilience, but not enough to care for its well-being. It was just something I wore out of habit.

    I think I've had mine for over a decade. It's been the only watch I've worn as a daily beater before the watch bug hit me real hard more than a year ago.

    The watch is still ticking, but it's pretty much retired. The last time I wore it was about a year ago.

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    Here it is on the left with my MM300 making a cameo appearance.
    The crystal is scratched to hell, but I've brushed the once polished case using a scotchbrite pad in an attempt to make it look better.
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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    Yep, dont have a pic though. Timex Ironman. Still runs just fine. About 17-18 years old I think. Been through hell and back and still looks almost new.

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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ottovonn View Post
    Thanks for sharing such a nice story, OP. My dad gave me my first Seiko and "nice" watch, a quartz mall Seiko, which was subsequently beaten up and trashed over the years. I recall dropping the watch and banging it against walls, surprised somewhat at its resilience, but not enough to care for its well-being. It was just something I wore out of habit.

    I think I've had mine for over a decade. It's been the only watch I've worn as a daily beater before the watch bug hit me real hard more than a year ago.

    The watch is still ticking, but it's pretty much retired. The last time I wore it was about a year ago.


    Here it is on the left with my MM300 making a cameo appearance.
    The crystal is scratched to hell, but I've brushed the once polished case using a scotchbrite pad in an attempt to make it look better.
    Very cool. Similar story with similar tastes. The MM300 is definitely in my sights for when I finish school (maybe the 600SD if I'm making bank).
    Seiko: Shogun, Sumo
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    No. It was a Westclox Pocket Ben and my mother dropped it in 1952 and broke it into a million pieces. I still have its replacement though - courtesy of my grandfather.
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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    The first watch I bought, dont have it anymore but it was a calculator, data bank Casio. I remember my dad asked me to work 2 months in his factory just to buy this technologic horologic aparat :)during holidays break from school.

    Yeah that story - Father in charge, teaching real life scenarios about earning money studies...Maybe it worked well, now I can buy a Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms with one month working :)

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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by jilgiljongiljing View Post
    Yep, dont have a pic though. Timex Ironman. Still runs just fine. About 17-18 years old I think. Been through hell and back and still looks almost new.
    Now that I think about it, I had an old digital before the Seiko (had a pic of a marlin on it). No idea where it went though.
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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    I don't have much of a story behind it save it was a gift from my parents while I was in high school. I wore it constantly and learned to wear its strap tightly on my wrist after catching it atop a fence while climbing over it. I've worn my straps tight ever since. I've been partial to chronographs ever since. I don't which is more scratched, the watch or my iPhone lens.



    Tissot Seastar Chronograph circa 1966
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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by zyk1on View Post
    The first watch I bought, dont have it anymore but it was something this Casio, I remember my dad asked me to work 2 months in his factory just to buy this technologic horologic aparat :)during holidays break from school.

    Yeah that story - Father in charge, teaching real life scenarios about earning money studies...Maybe it worked well, now I can buy a Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms with one month working :)
    Very nice. Quite inspirational.
    Seiko: Shogun, Sumo
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    Re: Do you still have your first watch?

    First watch is this Casio G-Shock which is still in excellent condition. The PVD coating is holding up like a champ.
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