An Amazing Gift + I Need Your Help!

My wonderful wife did something very cool for my birthday and I thought I'd share, since it involved a watch.

When it comes to birthdays, we joke about having a "birthday week," instead of just a birthDAY. She asked me, "Do you want your gifts all at once or do you want them spread out over the week?" I said, "Them? I have multiple gifts? Over the week then!"

And so it started.

Monday: German chocolates. I like sweet treats & cats, and they were delicious (and gone in 2 days, lol):

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Tuesday: German watch. This modest quartz Bergmann 1957 on a black suede strap:

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Wednesday was skipped and I was notified that Wednesday would be a "skip day."

Thursday: Dinner at Fest, a German restaurant that is a favorite of mine, for the food and great beer:

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Friday was skipped as well, as we were traveling out of state to my dad's house for the weekend, to celebrate my birthday and for Mother's day with my step-mom (my birth mother died over a decade ago):

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Saturday: I received a card written in German, which I didn't understand, with a Rosetta Stone certificate to learn German. I was thinking to myself, "I really have no desire to learn German, I already speak English and some French, I don't understand this."

The next gift from her was a book, Fodor's guide to Germany, and then it all made sense. She had given me a trip to Germany to visit my "homeland," (Bavaria) so I could see where my ancestors came from!

I'm from German heritage and our family came to America in 1856 on a 3-masted schooner called the "Hermine," from Bavaria, and I've always dreamed of going there. She has now made that possible. I was blown away. What a thoughtful, heartfelt gift! It got a little dusty in the room...

We frequently read about others having special memories attached to watches and the Bergmann watch will always remind me of this special birthday. The trip is next year, for when I turn 60, and I'm already planning on buying a German watch over there to commemorate the trip.

If anyone has a German watch they'd recommend (preferably under $2,000) or know of a shop in Bavaria that sells watches (if we have any WatchCrunchers over there) please post them for me, with my thanks in advance for helping color my thoughts.

Cheers!

-Eric

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Fabulous week and still more to come , lovely watch , enjoy it all

Thank you, kind sir!

That's an awesome story, and an even more awesome birthday surprise from your wife. Love the look of that Bergmann ( a brand I have to admit I haven't heard of).

I have a few Sinn watches in my collection, and would highly recommend them as a brand. I don't have any, but I think that NOMOS makes some awesome watches as well - I'd have a Tangente in my collection (the silvercut version is my fav) if the lugs were a bit shorter.

Very nice! I've been learning German for about the last 8 months. The grammar can be pretty tricky! I visited Germany about 20 years ago, but couldn't understand anything. I'd like to go back and actually be able to read and communicate this time. As far as German watches, I like Sinn. Interesting, well built, toolish watches. I have the 556i and the 105. I'd like to add a U50 someday too.

Alles Gute zur Geburtswoche!

Love the name of the chocolates - Cat Tongues 馃榾

If you are in Bavaria you will no doubt be passing through Munich. Lots of nice watch shops there.

Great german watches under $2000, got to look at Sinn www.sinn.de Sinn 556 is a classic

Their website has a link to dealers, here are the Munich ones:

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Christ Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH Kaufingerstra脽e 11 80331 M眉nchen T 089 / 13 95 78 10 muenchen002@christ.de

Franz C. Bauer Uhren & Juwelen Peter-Auzinger-Stra脽e 11 81547 M眉nchen T 089 / 6 90 45 77 F 0 89 / 6 90 44 49 info@uhrenbauer.de Servicewerkstatt f眉r Sinn Uhren inkl. Ar-Trockenhaltetechnik

Juwelier Hilscher Carl Hilscher GmbH Nordendstr. 50 80801 M眉nchen T 089 / 27 27 51 78 servus@juwelier-hilscher.de Servicewerkstatt f眉r Sinn Uhren

Juwelier Schwedler Pfisterstra脽e 7 (Am Platzl) 80331 M眉nchen T 089 / 28 80 99 50 info@uhren-schwedler.de

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That's an awesome story, and an even more awesome birthday surprise from your wife. Love the look of that Bergmann ( a brand I have to admit I haven't heard of).

I have a few Sinn watches in my collection, and would highly recommend them as a brand. I don't have any, but I think that NOMOS makes some awesome watches as well - I'd have a Tangente in my collection (the silvercut version is my fav) if the lugs were a bit shorter.

Thank you! The Bergmann is a very inexpensive watch. My wife said she bought it because she was looking for German watches, couldn't find any, and when found that one she just bought it.

I'm perusing the #germanwatches forums for ideas and Sinn and NOMOS are on my radar. 馃憤

In the city center of Munich there are many, many jewelers and watch boutiques. IWC, Omega, AP, Boucherer, Wempe, Tiffany, 1929, etc. And at least a couple of stores dedicated to used and vintage pieces (Ashley's and World of Time).

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Very nice! I've been learning German for about the last 8 months. The grammar can be pretty tricky! I visited Germany about 20 years ago, but couldn't understand anything. I'd like to go back and actually be able to read and communicate this time. As far as German watches, I like Sinn. Interesting, well built, toolish watches. I have the 556i and the 105. I'd like to add a U50 someday too.

Alles Gute zur Geburtswoche!

Thanks, Rob!

We'll see how I do learning German. Old dog, new tricks...I don't know...I'll learn enough for it to be helpful, but from what I understand they speak a lot of English over there anyway.

Another vote for Sinn!

That鈥檚 amazing and very thoughtful. Happy birthday, Eric!

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