What watch started it all for you?

So I dabbled a little bit in watches but never took too much of an interest. Around 2015 I just got home from a deployment and bought my first place. I had a little extra cash saved up and bought this Helgray Meca Quartz off of kickstarter with really no prior knowledge of watches. This watch is what turned me into a full out addict. Anyways I moved onto higher end mechanical watches but I just found this neglected at the bottom of my nightstand drawer. I threw it on the wrist and I remember why it sparked my watch obsession. I love the design of this thing and it brought me back to the beginning. It got me wondering which watch really kicked off everyone else鈥檚 watch collection.

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For me was this mido multifort automatic with open case back, I bought this piece 17 years ago, now belongs to my nephew that is like my little brother, he knows how important it was for me and I decided to give him as his first watch

I always had one or more watches but my Datejust started it for me.

Purchased in '07, Orient Mako Gen I. Seen a few things lol 馃ぃ馃槅.

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Like @YourIntruder I already had a couple of watches, but acquiring this one really plunged me headfirst into the rabbit hole:

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andresgtz
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For me was this mido multifort automatic with open case back, I bought this piece 17 years ago, now belongs to my nephew that is like my little brother, he knows how important it was for me and I decided to give him as his first watch

That鈥檚 awesome that your keeping it in the family. Nice looking piece!

Icarium

Like @YourIntruder I already had a couple of watches, but acquiring this one really plunged me headfirst into the rabbit hole:

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That鈥檚 gorgeous

solidyetti

Purchased in '07, Orient Mako Gen I. Seen a few things lol 馃ぃ馃槅.

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Awesome! Still running all these years later?

M3RC40

Awesome! Still running all these years later?

Yup.

Interestingly enough, this is one of the few watches I haven't had anyone check anything on, gaskets/seals/etc.

At this point, just waiting to see when/if it'll need a service.

It used a 469 based movement, and even though Orient no longer makes it, that movement was used in thousands, if not millions of Orient's, so sourcing parts and/or a movement from a donor watch shouldn't be too hard.

solidyetti

Yup.

Interestingly enough, this is one of the few watches I haven't had anyone check anything on, gaskets/seals/etc.

At this point, just waiting to see when/if it'll need a service.

It used a 469 based movement, and even though Orient no longer makes it, that movement was used in thousands, if not millions of Orient's, so sourcing parts and/or a movement from a donor watch shouldn't be too hard.

This orient movements are work horses for sure.

This one in 1992 andvi sold it in 2022

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