As with many men of my generation, the Seamaster Professional "Bond" is the watch that began my interest in watches. As I grew up, began my career and began to have disposable income, it remained an object of desire and one that I aspired to own one day.
Life happened. I developed other interests and priorities. I pursued other passions. Then, three years ago, my lovely wife (much to her chagrin) rekindled my interest in watches with a Citizen chronograph she gifted to me for Christmas.
I was reminded of the reassuring feel of having a well fitting watch on my wrist. I found myself absent mindedly watching the light play across the intricacies of the dial. I took pleasure in timing the most mundane tasks and watching the chronograph seconds hand and subdials working in tandem.
A colleague (a watch enthusiast and Omega fan) then took that blossoming interest of mine and encouraged me to explore the world of mechanical watches. We spent hours discussing our mutual interest in Seiko, Hamilton, micro brands and I marvelled at his collection of time pieces that seemed well out of reach of anything I could ever contemplate owning.
His Grand Seiko Spring Drive "Snow Flake" opened my eyes to the potential beauty and skill that can one can find in some of Grand Seiko's amazing dials. I marvelled at his JLC Reverso Grand Sport. His collection of Omega's, however, is what always captured my deepest interest.
As with the rest of his diverse and interesting collection, he was not shy about allowing me to examine every detail of his of Planet Ocean 2500, his vintage Speedmaster Professional or of his "Bond" Seamaster Professional.
Then, near a Christmas Holiday season, he let me borrow his "Bond" Seamaster. And THAT... that, was the true beginning of my obsession. Being able to glance at my childhood icon whenever I chose and the inexplicable feeling of having it on my wrist was just too much. I became determined to own one of those watches.
I began searching preowned watch websites. My friend referred me to this wonderful forum. Then, one day, my friend decided he was going to sell his Seamaster Professional. That became my first Omega. It will always remain in my collection both because of its prominence in my youth and because of the esteem I have for the person I acquired it from.
My interest in history along with the wonderful story of the Omega Speedmaster is what drew me to that watch. The more I learned about it's history with NASA, it's affiliation with the Apollo missions (and the enthralling story of Apollo 13's 14 second burn), the more obsessed I became with the "Moonwatch". That watch became my second Omega.
While I love my "Bond" Seamaster and the Speedmaster Professional is undoubtedly my favorite watch of all time, I also developed a keen interest in the most recent 8900 caliber Master Coaxial movements from Omega. The engineering, the "specs" appeal to me in a way that only cars had in the past. I agonized over the merits of the Planet Ocean 8900 vs the Aqua Terra 8900. I analyzed the details of the glossy ceramic dials of the PO vs. the beautiful "teak" dials of the AT.
After more deliberation than I will ever care to admit (and the unexpected surprise of a ridiculously good deal), I have recently acquired a grey dial Aqua Terra 8900.
This is my perfect three piece collection. While I have other watches (some permanent, some not) and while I know this is not the end of my journey, I feel that these three will always be my core.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I would love to hear your stories as well.