I have been a daily visitor to this forum for a few months now and have really enjoyed everyone's opinions and input. It has been a great learning experience.
I think it is time to start contributing.
First a little background. Up until about 6 months ago I had owned 3 watches as an adult over the span of about 16 years; an Esquire, Guess and Seiko, all decent, functional quartz watches that served their purpose. I was always a "one watch guy" and replaced each one (in the order listed) when a repair wasn't worth the trouble so I just bought another watch. A while back I started having issues with the strap on the Seiko (which by the way has been the same and only issue I have had with each of these watches) so I started thinking about a new watch. I had in the past always just picked out the watch I liked best from the local department or jewelry store. This time I surfed. I discovered TX watches on Amazon and loved the look (this was my main criteria at the time). Ordered a 500 Series World Time. When the watch arrived and I opened the package I was blown away by how gorgeous this thing was. And I was hooked. I went back to the net and discovered a whole new appreciation for timepieces. In a fairly short period of time I have bought (a couple from great WUS members), kept and returned a number of watches. I have settled into a rotation of 7 watches both quartz and automatics as well as an array of straps. The really fun part of it is that I know this is an ongoing process and my collection today will be different in a year from now and years after that (hell it may be different next week).
A few things I have learned in a short period of time (much more to learn, I know):
- Automatic watches rock
- There's nothing wrong with a well-made quartz
- There is an unbelievable number of awesome watch companies out there
- Have your new prize delivered to the office (don't give her yet another reason to question why the hell she should stick around)
Oh, and the Esquire, Guess and Seiko I mentioned earlier? Still got them, unsellable. Re-strapped the Seiko, it's a good beater. The Esquire and Guess currently reside with a heap of crap on my workbench in the garage. Been there for a few years now. The straps are busted and the crystals look like they have been used as knife sharpeners. The funny thing is they just won't die. Apart from DST, they are both pretty much bang on time-wise. On an unrelated note, I have a few beautiful vintage watches for sale.
Looking forward to sharing my new-found obsession with the group.