After years of flipping I decided to finally whittle down the collection to the essentials. Everyone has their criteria, but I wanted to keep it to four watches; the dress watch, the "work" watch, the everyday, and the beater. After lots of waffling 3 of the 4 categories are filled but I was still looking for the perfect "everyday" watch. I had considered some more expensive options but didn't want something I was afraid to bang around as a daily wearer. There were a few things I was looking for:
- Decent water resistance so I could get it wet or swim with it
- Chronograph (Have three younger kids and giving them a time limit when they get assigned something seems to light a fire under their butts)
- Common movement that can be easily serviced.
- Common lug size to allow for strap options
- GMT if possible
- Decent size, I have 8" wrists and a 40mm watch looks somewhat small on me. Usually stick to 42-46mm
After looking at many different options (and flipping a few that seemed ideal but weren't), I took another look at Damasko. After reading plenty of reviews and testimonials on here I got that "excited" feeling and realized that this was what I'd been looking for. Considering my criteria there was pretty much one choice,the DC66 with the 1-11 GMT bezel. Since this was my ideal "everyday" watch instead of my perfect "ultimate, someday maybe" watch I'm not sure if you can call it a Holy Grail. Hence the Holy Coffee Mug.
So that brings us to yesterday evening, and the order I placed for Watchmann for a DC66 standard with the 1-11 bezel. It should be here on Saturday, and unless something goes very wrong between now and then I have to say Watchmann has been the BEST experience ordering a watch in all my years of buying. Greg e-mailed me at 5:50 am this morning saying he wanted to confirm the order since Paypal messed up a bit. No problem, sent him an e-mail back confirming. At 8:00 he calls me saying he'd checked their inventory and there was a problem, turns out the standard DC66 was showing in stock but they had a mix up in inventory and they only had the Black version. He immediately offered to give me the black one at the same price, no issues at all.
I'd been going back and forth so went with the Black, should be here Saturday. I also asked about a possible strap change to get one with red stitching and he said he'd check right away and make the change if he could. The response and professionalism from Watchmann has been fantastic, and knowing that you have a US based dealer that will give you good support for such a great watch is icing on the cake. HIGHLY recommend them.
For those interested, this will be the "Fab 4" after the DC66 gets here.
Dress watch - Stowa Marine Original
Work watch - Oris Aquis Clipperton
Everyday watch - Damasko DC66 Black
Beater - Seiko 2nd gen Monster, what else could it be?