The watch that got you into this hobby? And do you still have it

We all love watches, but there must have been that pivotal moment when you was given a watch or purchased a watch that gave you this bug.  What's interesting about this hobby is not just the watch itself, it is also the stories and emotions, sentiment and research and hunting that's goes with it along with.  Everyone experience is different but everyone's experience is interesting.

My parents bought me my first watch when I was 5 years old.  It was mechinical.  A timex snoopy watch where Snoopy's hands are the hands of the watch.  It's funny because in a 40 year cycle, I ended up adding an omega snoopy sliver anniversary to the collection.  I used to love winding my watch everyday before school.  The watch brings me lots of happy memories and also the hard times of my childhood. I used to wear it everywhere.  

I still have the watch and its still working.  I gave it to my son when he was 5 and now he is 12 and doesn't fit him.  It sits in his wrist box. But there are times when I go to his watch box and handle the watch and evolves happy memories.

If you have a watch that started it off and wish to share, tell me about it.  I would love to know 

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I've still got my first real watch.  It was a Swiss Army quartz field watch that my grandmother gave me when I was in high school back in the early 90s.  I'll post a pic when I get home.

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I've been wearing watches my whole life. Like literally every day since I was a teenager, which is about 35 years now. 

But I didn't get into the "hobby", until very recently. It started with my first mechanical watch which I bought in 2016, the Seiko 5 Sea Urchin. I still have that watch today and I don't think I will part with it unless it just stops working for some reason. It's too cheap a watch to justify getting it serviced. 

In 2020, I really dove into the hobby by moving into the luxury segment by getting an Oris (2020) and then an Omega (2021). I've settled down on acquisitions since then, but that Seiko is what really started to fascinate me, which is why I think Seiko 5's have an open case back for such affordable watches. They suck you in.

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horologuitarist

I've still got my first real watch.  It was a Swiss Army quartz field watch that my grandmother gave me when I was in high school back in the early 90s.  I'll post a pic when I get home.

That will be interesting to see.  I have my grandfathers tudor prince watch.  It reminds me of him when I put it on 

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GoingTopShelf

I've been wearing watches my whole life. Like literally every day since I was a teenager, which is about 35 years now. 

But I didn't get into the "hobby", until very recently. It started with my first mechanical watch which I bought in 2016, the Seiko 5 Sea Urchin. I still have that watch today and I don't think I will part with it unless it just stops working for some reason. It's too cheap a watch to justify getting it serviced. 

In 2020, I really dove into the hobby by moving into the luxury segment by getting an Oris (2020) and then an Omega (2021). I've settled down on acquisitions since then, but that Seiko is what really started to fascinate me, which is why I think Seiko 5's have an open case back for such affordable watches. They suck you in.

They defiently suck you in.  I am fortunate to have an amazing collection of luxury to haute horology time pieces, but I have also an appreciation and massive collection of Seikos.  I love them. 

Oris and Omega are fabulous brands when getting into the luxury watch segment.  Good choice that you can't go wrong with.

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When I was in the 7th grade, I went on a school function to the local university where I found the case of a Seiko Sportsmatic 5 in the parking lot between two cars. I didn't know much about watches at all and did not have a watch, and I didn't know anything about this Seiko. 

I found a bracelet at a shop in the local mall and then ordered a replacement crystal for it. It looked pretty good. 

I took it into the water in the mid 1990's and it does not have a screw down crown - you guessed it - I got water inside the case and damaged the watch. It sat in my bathroom drawer for years until I met a jeweler down on the Texas coast who agreed to take a crack at repairing/refurbishing it. His store was damaged in Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and in the efforts to recover any salvageable contents of his store, he misplaced the watch. He had since moved twice more and that left me with a heavy feeling that the watch was indeed gone. 

This summer I met with him and he agreed to let me look through some of his stuff that had been packed away, he said he thought he had seen that watch so he was confident he still had it. We found it! I took it to my local watch shop and they got it rebuilt and refreshed! 

I am happy to have my first watch back on my wrist and among the 11 other watches that make up its little family of my collection. It is my oldest possession and brings me joy to wear it!

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When I was in the 7th grade, I went on a school function to the local university where I found the case of a Seiko Sportsmatic 5 in the parking lot between two cars. I didn't know much about watches at all and did not have a watch, and I didn't know anything about this Seiko. 

I found a bracelet at a shop in the local mall and then ordered a replacement crystal for it. It looked pretty good. 

I took it into the water in the mid 1990's and it does not have a screw down crown - you guessed it - I got water inside the case and damaged the watch. It sat in my bathroom drawer for years until I met a jeweler down on the Texas coast who agreed to take a crack at repairing/refurbishing it. His store was damaged in Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and in the efforts to recover any salvageable contents of his store, he misplaced the watch. He had since moved twice more and that left me with a heavy feeling that the watch was indeed gone. 

This summer I met with him and he agreed to let me look through some of his stuff that had been packed away, he said he thought he had seen that watch so he was confident he still had it. We found it! I took it to my local watch shop and they got it rebuilt and refreshed! 

I am happy to have my first watch back on my wrist and among the 11 other watches that make up its little family of my collection. It is my oldest possession and brings me joy to wear it!

That's an amazing story about your first watch.  This is what watch collecting is about.  Thank you for sharing this. Amazing 

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Beastie

That's an amazing story about your first watch.  This is what watch collecting is about.  Thank you for sharing this. Amazing 

I just updated the post with a photo of it, forgot to include it earlier. Thanks, indeed this watch got me into the whole reason why many of us are on WatchCrunch! It is a great hobby! (addiction maybe?)

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My early watch history is lost in the mist of time. I had a watch, because I needed a watch, cannot remember anything about it, except for being allergic to some metals in cases/buckles/bracelets.

The oldest (-bought) watch I still own is a Casio Wave Ceptor - I had completely forgotten about till I found it one day in a drawer, with a dead battery and its silicon strap falling apart. I had even forgotten that it was radio-controlled.

The first watch that left an impression on me, as in: I felt I bought a really good watch when buying it in the store, and never changing my mind about it later was the Lorus titanium fieldwatch. I still own it, in fact I own two copies of it. But that did not turn me to watch collecting, though it turned me to fieldwatches whenever I felt I needed a new one.

My watchhobby baptism happend middish 2021, when I saw some youtube video on some AliExpress watch. The watch in question did not even tickle my fancy at all (it probably was one of those Rolex homages), but I was intrigued what the site had to offer, so I had a look, a really good look.  What it had to offer were a lot of watches that interested me, at prices I could afford. In particular, I wanted a B-type flieger, and so I bought (after a lot of contemplation) a Corgeut flieger for £58, almost exactly a year ago. Two weeks later the thing arrived, and I was unhappy about the hands, and even more unhappy with myself not spotting the issue on the listing (where it was plain to see). On the same day, I think, I bought myself a proper upgrade, a Hruoadland flieger for £147, and added for good measure at the same time a super-cheap quartz. The quartz turned out to be crap, the Hruodland was great though, and I was off and running...

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Thanks for sharing.  You can't beat a casio for reliability and longevity.  I have a couple that are 30 years old but what I find is that the plastic it is made seems to perish in time.  Especially around the strap area.  However, there are plently of online companies that sell parts and replacements. 

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I always had a Timex Ironman on through middle and high school. When I graduated from high school, I got some money from my grandparents and they told me I had to spend it on a gift. I obsessed for over a month on what to get and then I got this Wenger Commando 70845. Too big for my taste now but it was the perfect watch for me at the time. I still think the design is pretty neat with the 12 hour bicompax chronograph, big date, and internal bezel for the second time zone. I did sell it maybe 6 years later. I’m happy I had that one and that I came across it on my own. I channel my grandparents through other watches for other reasons now, so I don’t regret letting it go.

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I've worn a watch for as long as I can remember, but didn't become interested in watches until relatively recently. 

My interest was sparked after purchasing a "Slow" watch in 2016, a single handed quartz watch with a 24 hour display. I was really intrigued with the way that this representation of time made me look upon time differently. It also got me interested in learning more about what other type of watches might be out there, so I started doing more and more research, and started becoming more and more interested in watches.

In the beginning, I had no interest in building a collection, but I did want to get one nice traditional mechanical watch, and ended up buying an OP36 with a silver dial in October 2018. Back then, I was able to just walk into the AD, pick out the watch, negotiate a small 5% discount, and walk out with the watch on my wrist.  I thought I was crazy for spending so much money on a watch, but I absolutely loved it. I found myself constantly looking down at my wrist and smiling.  By this time, I had developed a strong enough interest in watches that I decided to join a local watch enthusiasts group. That helped fuel my passion, and now, 4 years later, my collection has grown considerably.

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horologuitarist

I've still got my first real watch.  It was a Swiss Army quartz field watch that my grandmother gave me when I was in high school back in the early 90s.  I'll post a pic when I get home.

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Inheriting my dad's watch is what got me hooked. I've worn other watches on and off over the years but the moment I put this on was the first time a watch really grabbed my attention. 

It was a connection to my dad and a link to his past.  

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Mike_2

I always had a Timex Ironman on through middle and high school. When I graduated from high school, I got some money from my grandparents and they told me I had to spend it on a gift. I obsessed for over a month on what to get and then I got this Wenger Commando 70845. Too big for my taste now but it was the perfect watch for me at the time. I still think the design is pretty neat with the 12 hour bicompax chronograph, big date, and internal bezel for the second time zone. I did sell it maybe 6 years later. I’m happy I had that one and that I came across it on my own. I channel my grandparents through other watches for other reasons now, so I don’t regret letting it go.

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It's good that you can associate that brand to your grand parents even if ypu don't possess the watch anymore.  Thanks for sharing.  Very interesting 

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For me it was a conscious decision to swap my fitness bracelet by Xiaomi as I noticed that I only use it for checking the time and completely abandon all the other functions. So I started looking into the watch world. And I am a nerd. Whatever I am buying (headphones, backpack, sofa, PC, cellphone or a pair of trainers) I always make a comprehensive research with tables, ratings, categories and marks for every option. So that happened here too. I had a very strict limit of 200$. My first list of options for a watch now looks absolutely ridiculous. A 46 mm MVMT black and blue chronograph, 44 mm titanium Momentum watch, Vostok Amfibia (with an F)  Scuba (not a Scuba-Dude), Sturhling Original (ironically), Traser P-59 and Orient Ray Raven II PVD version. Then I started digging deeper and I'm so glad I did. I learned about sizes, glass materials and scratched the surface of knowledge base about movements. So from all the watches I originally aspired I've been left with Orient Ray Raven II. I went to a local store where they sold those for ridiculous price of 350$ and I tried that on to understand if it would fit my relatively skinny wrist. At that moment I understood that I'm a watch guy. Those store lightings, smiling assistant, the watch with unsized bracelet that plays in the light. I didn't buy it. I went home and made a new list of options. Seiko 5 Sports SNZG15, Escapement Time Dial B, Casio Edifice with sapphire crystal (noticed and tried on at the store), Vostok Amphibia 420007 (the smallest case), Orient bambino. In the battle where the main principle was value for money I ended up with an Escapement Time Dial B Flieger. Yes, I still have that and I still wear that. That watch taught me a lot. For example that 42 mm diver with a bezel and 42mm flieger without a distinguished bezel look drastically different on my wrist. But the finishing, cold sapphire, smooth crown and fantastic lume together with 300 meters of water resistance (yeap, for a pilot watch) sold it to me. I can fit it, but it is slightly big. Vostok was very cheap so I bought that as well 5 days after getting a Flieger. And this never stopped after.