"...and know the place for the first time."
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    "...and know the place for the first time."

    On my 18th B'day I bought myself a grey dialled Seiko automatic - it cost about £20. I acquired another just like it a couple of years later with a blue dial. They served me well until I went to grad school aged 25 and treated myself to a Seiko Chrono with gold accents and dancing hands that performed a cross-over ballet on reset and had a cool date cyclops. Someone at a wedding asked me if it was a Rolex. I dont think I'd ever knowingly seen a Rolex at that point. The dancing handed Seiko chrono didn't last long as I sold it to a pal to help fund an Omega Speedy Moonwatch (I got it discounted and paid £400 in 1991 - how times have changed!!!). That Speedy was part-ex'd for a beautiful Breitling Chronomat and over the next 27 years watches came and went. I stuck with Breitling a long time - and besides Chronomat, enjoyed my Colt Superocean, dressy Headwind, Navitimer, Seawolf. And then there were the Zeniths: 2 El Primeros (including a wonderful Rainbow Flyback) a Defy Diver, an Elite diver; and the macho Tag Super-Professional 1000 and elegant Longines Master, and definitive Rolex Deepsea and Tudor Chrono - most of these were flipped to fund another. Then earlier this year I bought my son a Turtle Pepsi PADI and was impressed by value and look. When I saw a black & gold accent version going half price I jumped. I was hooked. A more pricey Seiko Emperor Tuna and a beautiful 1968 6159 Reissue Seiko SLA025 were recently added. Maybe I'm having a midlife crisis but now the only watches I am really tempted by are the GShock Frogman and the Laco Dortmund. Weird? But what a great hobby - and what a wonderful thing the watch is. The Rolex was probably the best all round watch I have had and kept its value. The El Primero was most accurate and never lost a second. The Navitimer the most emotionally topsy-turvey - loving it one day, hating it the next. But after 35 yrs of watches, thousands of pounds spent, endless hours drooling in watch shop windows, I'm back wearing an automatic Seiko - and loving it.

    "We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." TS Eliot
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    "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose" Jim Elliot - Missionary, Martyr

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    Re: "...and know the place for the first time."

    You have come full circle. Well done. I have numerous "high" end watches and love my Seiko's all of them as much as any of my Rolex, Tudor, or Omegas.

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    "...and know the place for the first time."

    Great read. Watch companies and marketers would have us believe that watches exist in a pyramid of luxury that need to be scaled, but we know this is not the whole truth. The watch I most cherish is the one that went through trips, treks, and downpours, not the one I occasionally lift from a plush case.
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    Re: "...and know the place for the first time."

    One of the best parts is getting to know yourself better as your collection progresses. It becomes more satisfying because you end up with the ones you truly enjoy.

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    Re: "...and know the place for the first time."

    Quote Originally Posted by shemp55 View Post
    One of the best parts is getting to know yourself better as your collection progresses. It becomes more satisfying because you end up with the ones you truly enjoy.
    Yes. Have been condensing significantly as of late. I’m learning a lot about myself and my tastes as things progress and growing much more attached to what is sticking around.

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    Re: "...and know the place for the first time."

    Good to hear you're happy with where you are and what you have. Perhaps I'll be there too some day.

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