I was filling in the Q&A section of my profile and it reminded me of the oldest watch I own, this model 5M43-0C80 Seiko Kinetic from the mid-'90's, a 16th birthday present from my folks and the only watch I wore for probably more than 5 years before starting on a humble collection around 2002. As you can see, it's been put through its paces over the years but interesting it's still a design I like, with that deep blue sunray dial and the red, yellow and blue squares making up the power indicator around the right hand side of the dial (the idea is you wait till the seconds hand is at 12 and use the button at 2 o'clock to check the reserve - if it jumps ahead 5, 10 or 30 seconds that tells you the approximate power reserve).
Lots of watches have come, gone, been lost, damaged or otherwise gone astray, but this has always been kicking around in a bedroom drawer and I imagine always will be. Its ability to store power is somewhat diminished (stop moving for 5 mins and it stops ticking) and I doubt I'll be getting it repaired any time soon, but somehow comforting to still have it and channel the history it represents.
So, discounting heirlooms and vintage acquisitions what's the oldest personal watch still in your collection?
Watch obsessive who believes smaller and cleaner trumps bigger and flashier. Much first hand love for Tudor, Grand Seiko, Longines, Oris, Hamilton, etc. while pining from afar for Rolex, Patek, VC, et...