I know everyone out there can relate to the title of this thread. We all have one watch that we default to. It can be for any number of reasons- a milestone birthday gift, a wedding gift, maybe it was the watch you purchased after your first career-making business deal.
My "one watch" is what you'll commonly hear me refer to as my "trusty Seiko automatic." It's a simple, two-tone, kinetic auto relay with a 30mm dial and a date function.
Why is it my "one?" Before I moved from Philadelphia to Jupiter, FL to be with my wife (who was my girlfriend at the time), I sold all of my belongings to raise money for travel expenses and rent. Believe me, when I say everything, I mean everything. I got rid of my guitars, my computer, my audio equipment, and yes, all of my watches. Getting rid of the watches was the hardest part, but I was doing what needed to be done.
Fast forward a year, my wife and I (still my girlfriend at the time) were getting ready to be married. I scoured the internet for a cheap watch that I could wear to the ceremony (I'd be damned if I wasn't going to strap something on my wrist for the occasion). She saw me doing this, and mentioned it to her parents in passing one day. Being the ever-generous man that he is, my rather in law gave me a S/S Seiko automatic he had just bought and never worn (He was expecting the overhauls on his Grand Careera and 1800 Chrono to take longer than they actually did). No grand gesture, but a really nice thing he did nonetheless.
My wife brought it home to me, and needless to say, I was embarrassed and angry. I didn't want to accept it at first, but she insisted that it was a wedding gift, and that my father in law would be insulted if I didn't accept it. Long story short, I accepted the watch, and wore it at my wedding.
I wore it at my reception. Then I wore it to work (a local steakhouse). I wore it when we did our first ultrasound and saw our daughter for the first time. I wore it at my daughter's birth. I wore it for my first professional job interview, and got the job. I wore it for my next job interview, and landed the career opportunity of a lifetime.
Fast Forward to today, we're a lot better off than we were when we first got married, and I've been fortunate enough to have the opporunity to purchase many more watches- Movado, Breitling, Audemars Piguet...
But I always seem to come back to my trusty Seiko automatic.
What's your "one watch?"