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    My honest journey thus far...

    Hi all, I was reflecting today that this community has meant a lot to me during a pretty important time of my life.. 2012 to present day, going through university and the first 4 years of my career plus getting engaged. I wanted to post about my watch journey to see if anyone finds it relatable... buckle up for a long read...

    Seiko SKX007 - bought summer 2012, I was 19 years old. This was my first watch I ever bought! Did tons of research and discovered WUS... no friends with watches at the time, my dad has a Tag dive watch from the 90s and a cool Ernest Borel watch from the 60s that his grandpa gave him, but other than that, only exposure to watches was my fascination of Rolex and a few family friends who had them. SKX was purchased from cash gained during my first summer internship, I wore It throughout university.

    Steinhart OT500 - bought summer 2017, yes, I was satisfied with the SKX for 5 years!! Somehow, WUS didn't infect me with watch addiction until summer 2017. I had done some occasional watch research leading up to this point, mostly on micro brands. There was a time that I was really keen on the idea of a value-oriented, high quality, micro brand dive watch. This led to the steinhart purchase after researching dozens of micro brands. I love this watch and continue to think of it as one of my favorites... $600 on a watch was a lot of money for me at this time.

    Balance of 2017 - now I am hooked on WUS, but I didn't have a lot of money. I was working as an analyst at a mid-tier management consulting company and living in Miami. Pay was great, but mostly went to rent and travel. I also had an inflatable RIB boat with a 10 horsepower motor in a marina that I sunk a lot of money into. Lol! I picked up a Seiko samurai Blue lagoon, orient Monterey, seiko blue moon cocktail time, and... yes... an invicta pro diver. After the steinhart purchase I really wasn't setting out to buy a lot of watches, but they ended up finding their way into my pelican case. Seikos came as a result of discovering the urban gentry on YouTube. TGV got me hooked on watch research, and to this day I watch YouTube videos from WatchBox, Urban Gentry, time and tide, and many others. My blue lagoon is a simply awesome limited edition seiko. The invicta came because I wanted to get my brother into watches, and he had never owned a mechanical watch. He really liked the Rolex sub, so I bought him a $40 mechanical pro diver and bought myself one to try it out. I ended up keeping it to demonstrate to my friends that you can get a decent mechanical dive watch for under $50.

    May 2018 - BOOM, big promotion at work with a bonus, so I head to the mall and buy a Tudor Black Bay S&G. This was my first watch over $1K... and it cost $5K. I mention this, not to be vulgar, but because some may find my watch journey relatable. I was scared to spend so much money on a watch. But I was 24 years old, my car was paid off, and I had been making good 401K contributions along with other investments... so... i bought the watch, and it is so awesome. I finally felt like I could buy a big boy watch.. and it was so satisfying to walk into that Rolex AD and buy it at retail. I think WUS and YouTube channels really make it seem like everyone has luxury watches, and I know that isn't true, but I felt like I was missing out not having one... so, luckily, the opportunity came for me to buy... I really identify with the Tudor brand, and the black bay is just so cool.. hard to explain, but I am sure you all know what I mean.

    Late 2018 - I bought the G Shock Gulfmaster, as I really wanted an analog-digital watch, and I like how it can connect to atomic clocks for time alignment and recharge the battery via solar.

    Mid 2019 - just turned 26 - bought a swatch system 51 after stumbling into a swatch store in Miami.

    Summary: I have loved watches for 7 years now, I am hooked on researching watches and have steadily progressed from seiko to micro brands, to eventually buying my Tudor. I have recently gotten engaged and am focused on saving for the wedding and a new car for my fiance. I am an automation manager at a fortune 500 company... looking to advance my career over the coming years.. not a lot of money for watches, so I will have to settle in and enjoy what I have. I have never flipped a watch, and don't plan on doing so... I gave the SKX to my soon to be brother in law. He is 16 years old and I was hoping it would get him into watches.

    What is next? Well... when I buy a house with a 20% down payment, and everything else is steady with decent cash flow, I plan on buying a used PM Rolex. Thanks for reading!
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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    Nice story and collection. Plus nice to hear you're funding the retirement and house first. I like the variety in your collection and interested to see where you go from here.

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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    Your self-discipline is admirable, truly

    I have a Blue Lagoon Turtle and I agree, it is a beautiful watch. I love the blues and yellow and the way it plays with light.

    Great job and congrats on the Tudor!
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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    Much as I love watches I’m glad to hear that you’ve got your priorities right.

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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    Nice collection. Good luck and stay focused on what is most important to you at this time.
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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    Thanks all!! In case you were wondering... I still have the boat motor... boat is gone though. Lol! I will update this thread as the years go by...

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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    Fantastic post, excellent priorities. I really like the eclectic diversity in your collection. Look forward to seeing you on the forum.
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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    you definitely deserved the Tudor when you bought it
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    Re: My honest journey thus far...

    I really like the dial on that Swatch. Nice collection!
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    I admire your story and journey so far, God bless buddy.
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