Getting your SO into watches

Has anyone else’s love of things horological rubbed off on loved ones? or have you had their love rub off on you?

I‘ve loved timepieces for as far back as I care to remember, and have been lucky enough to build a modest ‘collection’ of watches. Along the way I have gifted my missus watches and she seems to have been bitten by the bug now - I might have created a monster :)

Has anyone else had this experience - in having someone that shares your enjoyment of watches… or indeed a hatred of them?!

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I’ve gifted a couple of watches to my wife in the hopes she would join me in becoming a watch enthusiast, but they don’t usually supplant the Apple Watch that she rarely takes off. That said, she does humor me in my obsession, so I’ll take that as a win! I’ve set my sights on grooming my two kids to be watch addicts, but they’ll have to learn how to count first 😂.

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I did a build for my wife but I'm currently planning another watch build for her that's a bit more dressy since her new office is a little more formal. 

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Fiatjeepdriver

I did a build for my wife but I'm currently planning another watch build for her that's a bit more dressy since her new office is a little more formal. 

Lovely, what kind of build is this? Auto/mechanical, size, materials? Dish!

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Grunka_Lunka

Lovely, what kind of build is this? Auto/mechanical, size, materials? Dish!

Her first build used a snkl23 case.  I kept the 7s26 movement and she picked out the dial, hands, and strap.

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The next build in torn between using a lucius atelier 36mm grand seiko style case or using the 34mm invicta as a base.  She likes Tiffany blue a lot so there's a couple dials I've been eyeing.

Here's the 34mm invicta on a build I did for my mom.

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The finishing on the lucius atelier case is nicer than the invicta but honestly the invicta isn't too bad.   The nice thing on the invicta is a 16mm lug width vs 20mm so it'll look more like a traditional woman's watch. 

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Not a chance; she thinks this hobby is so dumb.  She was raised with the belief that you should never pay more money for something than is absolutely necessary to achieve the desired functionality, so for her spending money on stuff like watches, jewelry, fancy cars, etc. is borderline upsetting.

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My wife owns 1 watch which she rarely wears. She leaves me alone in my obsession.

I prefer it that way.

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ds760476

Not a chance; she thinks this hobby is so dumb.  She was raised with the belief that you should never pay more money for something than is absolutely necessary to achieve the desired functionality, so for her spending money on stuff like watches, jewelry, fancy cars, etc. is borderline upsetting.

I love that blue wave dial and the general approach to not just customisation but putting real thought into why you’re doing it.

Kudos, sir. Kudos.

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foghorn

My wife owns 1 watch which she rarely wears. She leaves me alone in my obsession.

I prefer it that way.

Mine did, too… until she got a watch with a crown on it - and not the type that helps you set the time/date!

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ds760476

Not a chance; she thinks this hobby is so dumb.  She was raised with the belief that you should never pay more money for something than is absolutely necessary to achieve the desired functionality, so for her spending money on stuff like watches, jewelry, fancy cars, etc. is borderline upsetting.

All hobbies are dumb if you look at them objectively.

I get the utilitarian angle and for the most part agree, but where’s the joy in that…everyone has to have a vice, something for sheets and giggles.

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Grunka_Lunka

All hobbies are dumb if you look at them objectively.

I get the utilitarian angle and for the most part agree, but where’s the joy in that…everyone has to have a vice, something for sheets and giggles.

Oh, I agree with you completely, but after 17 years, I've been unable to budge her on the idea.  

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My girlfriend has 3 watches (only one of those is from me). For her it's very much about it needing to match what she's wearing. Occasionally she will wear one if functionality dictates it, in which she will wear a Baby G. It's white with a bright orange strap which is quite the statement.

She's more into perfume, which as a hobby seems weirdly complementary in terms of the discussions we have about each respective hobby.

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Grunka_Lunka

Mine did, too… until she got a watch with a crown on it - and not the type that helps you set the time/date!

If I ever gave her one of those she'd be a widow.

By her own choice!

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The wife is into the hobby for my sake. She helps with the decision making!

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I gifted my wife an Apple Watch in hopes that she grows used to wearing a watch and the most tempting watch for non watch people is the Apple Watch lol. She wears it almost everyday and loves it. I’ve thought about buyer hear a mechanical watch but I’m not sure how often she’d wear it, probably only on special occasions. I’d probably go for a quartz Cartier on a bracelet. She has a bracelet for her watch now that she likes and she said she’s not a strap person. Quartz because she doesn’t want another thing to take care of lol 😂 

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brett2396

I gifted my wife an Apple Watch in hopes that she grows used to wearing a watch and the most tempting watch for non watch people is the Apple Watch lol. She wears it almost everyday and loves it. I’ve thought about buyer hear a mechanical watch but I’m not sure how often she’d wear it, probably only on special occasions. I’d probably go for a quartz Cartier on a bracelet. She has a bracelet for her watch now that she likes and she said she’s not a strap person. Quartz because she doesn’t want another thing to take care of lol 😂 

Using an Apple Watch as a gateway drug. Sneaky.

Slowly, slowly catchy monkey :)