I know there's probably a lot of posts like this, but I'm interested to hear of other stories of members and their first "special" watch. For some it may be a dime store timex with significant meaning for them, others it may be that first luxury watch they were able to purchase when they got that promotion then needed to justify spending the money, and to others it may be an apple watch that got them thinking about how cool watches are. Whatever it was, there's no wrong answer or judgement here. I'll start.
It was March of 2003 and I was in the US Army stationed in Germany and we got orders to deploy to Iraq. My family all lived in the US and I was coming to terms that there was a possibility that I would never see any of them again. I decided I wanted to buy something that if I didn't come back maybe some piece of me would and a watch made the most sense to me. I wanted to leave it to my father. Something he could wear to remember me by without calling any attention to what he was wearing. I decided on an Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph. Not knowing anything about buying luxury watches and being in Germany, I purchased it from one of the online grey market dealers and it arrived shortly after I ordered it.
Since I received it, it's been with me for all of my life's major events. It was my only watch in the beginning until my addiction truly set in, but it was always the one I wore when something mattered. Getting through a war zone, engaged, married, the birth of our first and second daughters, anniversaries, etc. I sort of turned it into my good luck charm. And when something was important I felt the need to wear this watch over the others in my collection. I have "nicer" watches now, but this one is the one I'll never sell and always winds up getting enough wrist time. I know, this post is too long so I'll stop here. But I'm sure we'd all love to hear your story.
And here she is today. As amazing as the day I got her.