My Watch Buying Journey

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Although reviews and discussions based on a single watch can be very informative, they can get bland over time. I've always found stories to be much more interesting, so here's mine. 

How did you guys get into this hobby? 

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Noice. I started collecting knives at first. Got interested in EDC (everyday carry), and realized I needed to up my knowledge on watches. Keep realizing that there’s always more to learn, so that’s what’s kept me hooked.

Great video, looking forward to the next.

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I agree that the best discussions of watches involve stories and I appreciate you sharing yours. That Mickey watch is delightful – a plastic bracelet! And yellow! So cool. 

I’ve been around for over a half a century and only wore a watch for a brief stint in the 1980s while in middle school. Someone had given me a digital watch, one of those that displayed the time in red. But the habit didn’t stick and I haven’t worn a watch since. However, about a year ago I was looking for a watch to give as a gift to my son, something practical and useful for his work as a first responder. So I did some research and bought him the gift, but also got hooked on learning about watches. Since then I bought another watch as a gift, an automatic Swatch to replace my wife’s 20-year-old quartz Swatch, which finally broke beyond repair. That’s been my entry into this hobby of watch enthusiasm if not collecting.

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Great story and welcome to the Crunch! Long time fan of the channel. Still remember when you built that diver for Peter McKinnon 😲

Great story, we all have our own paths. Hope mine leads to a royal oak soon 😉. 

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TheSharperTheBetter

Noice. I started collecting knives at first. Got interested in EDC (everyday carry), and realized I needed to up my knowledge on watches. Keep realizing that there’s always more to learn, so that’s what’s kept me hooked.

Great video, looking forward to the next.

The sheer amount of topics to learn about also got me hooked pretty quickly

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roberto

I agree that the best discussions of watches involve stories and I appreciate you sharing yours. That Mickey watch is delightful – a plastic bracelet! And yellow! So cool. 

I’ve been around for over a half a century and only wore a watch for a brief stint in the 1980s while in middle school. Someone had given me a digital watch, one of those that displayed the time in red. But the habit didn’t stick and I haven’t worn a watch since. However, about a year ago I was looking for a watch to give as a gift to my son, something practical and useful for his work as a first responder. So I did some research and bought him the gift, but also got hooked on learning about watches. Since then I bought another watch as a gift, an automatic Swatch to replace my wife’s 20-year-old quartz Swatch, which finally broke beyond repair. That’s been my entry into this hobby of watch enthusiasm if not collecting.

Love how you got into the hobby by researching what to gift others.

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Max

Great story and welcome to the Crunch! Long time fan of the channel. Still remember when you built that diver for Peter McKinnon 😲

Great story, we all have our own paths. Hope mine leads to a royal oak soon 😉. 

Thanks Max! That was a pretty cool collaboration for sure haha 

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Eric, nice video! I am so impressed that you still own your first watch. Love your collection, you have a very blue bias and you need a second JLC that you have two of each brand ;)

I have since Kindergarten watches on my wrist, don't know what it was at that time. I think sth. like a flik-flak. Later in school and uni I had steel quartz watches like Fossil or other brands in that realm. I kinda collected them but only randomly for their design. I really started my real watch journey when a friend got a Sub for his MD 8 years ago. I took directly a deep dive in the mechanical watch topic and thought okay, lets buy one proper watch. It has to fit all purposes, so that I only need one watch, it was a Sinn 856 UTC. All that went 1.5 years well... then I started collecting. After some purchases and a few that I sold, I am now at a collection of 15 consisting of Timex, Humism, vintage Dugena, Sinn, Oris, Hentschel, Omega, Cartier, JLC, Glashütte and Rolex. Mostly purchased at my AD. Finally I had the little hope that it ends with my grail, the Panda-Daytona. I was wrong again.

@Max: pressing my thumbs for you (cause Germans don't cross fingers) that you will get your Royal Oak soon. But for now your demand should be filled with the nice Tank :)

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Thanks for a great video and story. Very happy you've had the chance to get so many meaningful pieces! My side fun at work is a "watch safari". I'm always noticing what customers are wearing and occasionally get to ask, "Is that a [Daytona, Panerai, etc]?" Having those pieces surprise me is interesting, but then telling someone I dig their style and want to know what it means to them -- that's gold. Anniversaries, career achievements, wild bartering stories. Without that, all I know is somebody spent some money.

My own two pieces are a Cartier Santos Medium and Grand Seiko SLGA007 bought as a 12th anniversary pair to remember every moment together has been a treasure; let's tell time with something fitting. The wife and I picked them because they fit both our wrists and tastes, so we share the collection. The Santos reminds me of wild-ass pioneering spirit of the early 20th century and the Lake Suwa reminds her of her favorite seaside memories. Turns out she digs my Santos most and wears it most days.

Just last night I was watching your story of how you got your first Royal Oak as I intend to do the same for my 40th birthday in a few years. It has the same industrial-meets-functional vibe to me as the Santos and a similar role in horological history that makes me smile. Hope I can find an amenable boutique like you did.

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Signed up from your video. I collect knives too! I'm trying to get my first watch currently :)

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It's cool to see a VC 56, enjoy it! 

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I hate you!!(joking) You made me buy the sub no date and l f****** i love it