Disclaimer 2: My wedding watch appended above for the engagement.
I have to confess, I'm a complete sap for weddings. I love heartfelt vows, I love teary eyed family and friends, I love the beautiful union between two people and the beginning of their lifelong (fingers crossed) adventure.
As with most things, Ron Swanson put it best.
But another, more selfish reason that I love them is that the watch game at weddings can be intense. People are dressed up to the nines or maybe they're looking to impress.....it's a beautiful combo for watch spotting.
The wedding I attended last weekend in SoCal was one of the best watch watching nights I've had in a while. Of course there were plenty of Garmins, Samsung Galaxies, and Apple Watches. Very functional, not very celebratory. But on Saturday, by and large, people brought their watch game and it was beautiful.
Some watches were crazy expensive. Most were not. Almost all were cool as hell.
Pictures aren't from the wedding (not down with the violation of privacy, yo) but representative pictures appended when I could find them.
In no particular order of enjoyment
Omega Constellation Pie Pan in Rose Gold - I didn't even know Omega made 1960s ish constellations in rose gold. I badly want to be best friends with the owner so I can borrow this watch.
Grand Seiko SBGY002 - have you ever had a moment where you thought you needed to up your watch game? Not money wise but coolness wise? That's how I felt when I saw this one. This watch is a masterpiece.
Halios Fairwind - how do you tell a serious watch nerd from someone who just drops a ton of money? They own a Halios. Apparently, the dude who wore it has not missed a watch drop since Jason Lim started the company.
Dan Henry 1937 in Black- worn by a close friend. It's so nice in the metal, to the point where I am debating one for myself. @Aurelian would argue that watch design peaked in 1960. I think he might have been 3 decades too late.
Casio Oceanus Solar Atomic - probably the coolest tech for an analog watch out there. Spring drives and high accuracy quartz might as well be sundials. We measure our time using the vibration of f*cking caesium atoms.
Sinn 104 - appropriately worn by a pilot. Countdown bezel > Dive Bezel. Fight me. But you know, some other day.
Citizen Promaster Tsuno "Bullhead" - worn by a semi- pro go- kart driver. I love how silly this watch looks and how high it sits on the wrist.
Tissot PRS 516 - I don't love fixed bezels but I like these ones. Sporty, smart looking, with a red seconds hand for a pop of color.
Seiko SPB295 Urushi Dial - now I know why @Ichibunz is insistent on buying out the production runs of these. The Urushi lacquer dial is breathtaking in person.
Krayon Anywhere in Blue - FP who? I never honestly expected to see this one in person. I couldn't even tell you how to start going about buying one. It's not really to my taste, but the sunrise complication is hilariously over the top.
Unknown Longines Tank in Salmon - picture is inaccurate but captures the feel. It was tiny and pink and beautiful. If I were a fan of tank style watches, I'd be searching this one out.
Oh and just one more story. I've been friends with the groom for around 20 years now, going back to college, and it's been an up and down journey for him that really started picking up when he met his now wife.
When he got engaged, he sold his beloved Goldeneye era Omega Seamaster 2541 to buy his then fiancee an engagement ring. I remember talking with him about it at the time and, while he was a little saddened by the sale, he was ready to take his next step.
His groomsmen and I began to scheme on a way to replace it before he suddenly told us to hold off, citing wedding stress.
On a rainy Saturday, he married the love of his life with a Titanium Seamaster 300m (from No Time to Die) strapped to his wrist, a thoughtful gift from the beautiful bride completely without input from his watch nut friends.
Turns out, the bride has some serious watch game herself. He's a lucky man.