I've been wearing watches for as long as I can remember. I had Timex and Casio when I was a boy. Swatch, Fossil or so when a teenager.
My father (who sadly passed away in 2005) was kind of a watch aficionado. He knew about fine watches, but never really bought a "real" watch. He just couldn't justify the cost (3 children and a wife to feed).
I remember he had a fake Rolex in his drowner, but I know he was ashamed of it, and never wore it. I don't know how he got it, but he was the kind of person that could not tolerate the feeling of owning a fake watch. So, one day the watch just disappeared. He must have give it away to a friend or just threw it the the garbage can.... I don't care, I'm just like him.
I remember the first time I saw a Omega Speedy. I thought it was the most beautiful watch I've ever seen, but when I discovered the price, I just knew it was way out of my budget. The important thing was that thanks to the Speedy, I started to search info about watches in the internet.
Oh man.... I opened the Pandora's Box !! The last two years of my life I've been thinking, sleeping and eating watches. I wanted to have a mechanical watch and ended up buying a Seiko SKX031 with a super oyster, because of the looks and the price. I love this watch and I use it even while sleeping or taking showers. What I like about this watch is that for me is a tool watch. And what I need as a tool watch is, water proofness, Date, and Lume. This one has everything on it.
On the other hand, I love the looks of vintage watches with fine leather straps, and this is the part where Stowa steps in.
I'm not the kind of guy that want to have a lot of watches... I would like to have one or two and use them everyday. For me the mechanical watch depends on me in order to be alive, 48 hours without it and it would die... I hate that. Winders?, not for me... I feel like having a bird in a cage.
Every time I look at my watch, we smile to each other
Now I have something clear in my mind. The vintage-look watch with the leather strap I will buy is a Stowa... I don't know when, but I will.
Whats my fav.: The Marine Original Auto w/Date (no doubt here). I love the looks of the MO manual wind movement though.
Now, the problem I have (as some of you might think) is the money. To be honest I can't afford it right now. I could buy the cheapest Antea (with some sacrifices) but I might not be able to have a MO in the future.... and as I mentioned before, I don't want to have a lot of watches.
I know I can just use the credit card and see what happens when the bill arrives, but that would be VERY irresponsible (a wife and 2 kids to feed)
Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts with people I know will understand me. I felt in love not just with the looks of Stowa watches, the history, the manufacture process, this community, and to be able to get in touch directly with Jörg Schauer himself, has no price !!
Thanks a lot for reading
Fernando AKA Gothian