As watch lovers we all see a ton of different models, types, and styles of watches. Obviously our personal preferences come into play when deciding which ones we choose to wear. Some strike us right away as a watch that we really like. Some grow on us over time, and then there are watches we see and think "I don't get it", or, "I surely couldn't see myself wearing that".
The entire Panerai brand was like that for me in the past. I understood how it could appeal to others but I just didn't get all warm and fuzzy when I saw them. I also had pre-conceived notions about the Rolex brand and although they made great watches I wasn't looking to buy one. Especially the polar Explorer II, with all those other iconic models why go there?
Fast forward to today where I own a polar Explorer II (and a couple other Rolexes) and a Pam 111. They both get a lot of wrist time in my rotation and I consider them staples in my collection.
So what happened? Well my buddy loaned me his Pam for a week and when the week was up I didn't want to give it back. I didn't "get it" in pictures or in person but on my wrist it felt and looked great. As far as the Exp II, it just kinda kept growing on me the more I saw it. One day I just looked at it and saw a solidly built, classic white dialed GMT, that didn't resemble anything in my collection.
So the odds of me ever owning a 16570 or Pam 111 were stacked heavily against those watches and now they are among my favorites. So I'm curious. Which watch did absolutely nothing for you originally but now you have come to appreciate it or outright own one now?