I remember liking watches as a kid. I mean, it was the 80s. Calculator watches, Data Banks, and Swatches were everywhere. Digital was pretty new and cool. There are vague memories of the Timexes, Casios, and Armitrons of my youth. Throughout college I was a dedicated classical music student, so taking off a watch every time I had to play my instrument was annoying and I soon stopped wearing one. At some point during grad school I purchased a Tank-like Fossil and a titanium Skagen to wear while teaching. For 15 years those were my only watches (Edit... there was an AndroidUSA in there somewhere, too). My wife brought me all manner of Fitbits home from work and I tried to find something about them appealing with no luck, so I got my old Skagen out of storage and started wearing it again. That's when it happened....
There were YouTube videos..... then there was Amazon and the onslaught of cheap watches from obscure mushroom brands and some terrible homages. Then came WUS..... A few months later I was neck deep in Dagaz parts and was making some of my watch money selling mods. Forum darlings were coming in from all over the world and I was trying to make them work with my style and wrist. Shortly after, I started looking at vintage watches and everything clicked. The sizes were perfect for my 6.25 inch wrist and they fit my style and professional environments perfectly.
Do I still have modern watches and forum favorites? Absolutely. I'm a WIS and it's part of my nature. Having said that, I'm also a child of the late 70s and 80s and have really come to love those watches.
So, here's the SOTC:
Mid 60s Gruen Precision cal 711- Purchased from Farfo. All original, unpolished case with razor-sharp edges.
1980 Omega Deville- Yes, it's tacky. Yes, it's quartz. I still love wearing it with brown loafers since that's what Sonny Crockett would have done.
Early 80s Zodiac Professional- It's my Wolf of Wall Street watch.... 36mm of two tone awesome.
Early 80s Universal Geneve Triple Date Moonphase-Also purchased from Farfo. This one speaks loudly for itself and doesn't need my help.
1984 Tudor Oysterdate- It has a blue dial and is my wife's birth year watch. Looks great on every strap I've tried.
1971 Hamilton Dateline- Gorgeous and monochrome. Super sharp case and perfect for everyday wear.
60s Tissot Cal. 781- Barely two-tone and perfect for business casual.
60s Juvenia 9202- MINT and perfect with a slim-fit suit. The silver linen dial only gets better the closer one looks.
1973 Omega Deville 166.0161- Nowhere near mint, but reliable and kinda funky.
1969 Seiko Presentation Series- 28,800 beat two-hander... Kinda hard not to love.
Frederique Constant FC-235- A modern dress watch that does its job.
Glycine Combat 6- Tried to love it and it looked perfect on paper...
G-Shock Mudman- I mean, I still have to mow the lawn..
Tissot T-Race T-Touch- A gift from my FIL. I wear it a lot on the weekends.
Hamilton Khaki Chronograph- I always have one chrono in my collection.
Seiko SARB035- Amazing. This watch makes it hard to look at any other modern dress/casual watch under $2k.
Seiko SKX013- If it's raining, I'm probably wearing it.
As of right now, I'm saving for a birth-year Oysterdate in steel or white gold with a fluted bezel.
If you made it this far, you deserve a treat. I have a watch. I'll pick the best comment and mail it to you as long as you're in the CONUS. Easy, right?