Grail Watch (long read, sorry)

My watch collecting journey has been a long convoluted trail. I‘ve worn a watch since I was about 10 and for the next 45 years or so I was a watch user and wearer but not a collector. The day after I sold my business and retired, I took off my watch and threw it in a drawer. The symbolism of no longer being tied to a watch and schedule was incredibly satisfying to me.

During my time working I wore nice watches, primarily Seiko’s and Citizens but nothing in the way of a Luxury watch. I lusted after a No Date Sub or possibly a Seamaster but never pulled the trigger because I always feared it might put off a prospective customer.

After 3 or 4 years of being watchless I began to miss wearing one and decided to buy myself something nice. I research anything I buy and researching on youtube quickly dragged me into the world of watch collecting.

I bought myself a nice No Wave Seamaster, dipped my toe into the wacky world of Vostok and bought several various Tudor, Longines, Mido type watches. I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on the Rolex though. The current pricing was a shock, the buying experience seemed somewhat insulting and to be honest, I wasn’t enamored of the new larger versions of the watches.

That lead me into vintage Rolex options and I decided what I really wanted was the exact watch I had been looking at in the mid-2000s. I didn’t need a NIB collectors’ piece but I didn’t want a polished to crap beater either. I found this one a few days ago and pulled the trigger. I can’t begin to say how happy I am with the purchase, to the point I’m seriously considering cutting my collection back to the 3 or 4 watches I love and selling those I merely like. To be honest, I almost resent putting on one of my other watches instead of this one, the Seamaster or my Pelagos.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on Grail Watches and have you purchased yours? Thanks!

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Pretty cool story and congrats on the retirement! That’s a beautiful watch, too. 🚀💯

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Do not sell them, the pleasure is in the variety, I was able to buy my grail until I was already in my 50s and I love to use it but I also like to use my other watches

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Congrats, that’s a beauty. I’m with you, newer subs do nothing for me. I’d much rather have a BB58 than a modern sub. Not that I wouldn’t take a sub, it’s just that o don’t list offer the newer ones. I remember being a little put off the first time I saw one in person. Something about the lugs being so much wider than the bracelet seems inelegant to me.

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Cool #rolex

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Congratulations!

My thoughts on “grail watches” are still undefined. I hope to have a story like yours someday, though. The idea of experiencing so many different types, and still coming back to “the one” is I think why I’m into this hobby. I don’t know what that is, for me, yet.

Again, congrats on retirement and the new watch. Thanks for the share!

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No such thing as a grail watch. There's always something else to lust after...

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Hey Robert,

Congratulations on your retirement. That’s a beautiful no date sub, glad you accomplished your grail 🎉.

I don’t currently have any grail watches, there are certain watches I love but I haven’t gotten around to pulling the trigger yet as I’m not sure I’m in the right headspace to be wearing luxury watches when everything about me is not quite luxury 😅.

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Congrats on your getting your grail, I wouldn't get rid of the others right away, after a while you may want to put them back in your wear rotation

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Congrats that's a really beauty.

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Hey Robert,

Congratulations on your retirement. That’s a beautiful no date sub, glad you accomplished your grail 🎉.

I don’t currently have any grail watches, there are certain watches I love but I haven’t gotten around to pulling the trigger yet as I’m not sure I’m in the right headspace to be wearing luxury watches when everything about me is not quite luxury 😅.

Folks post pictures with their Rolex watches and the interior of their luxury cars all the time. I need to post a picture of mine in the Subaru or the F-150. 😀