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Old 08-09-2010, 01:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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i think i would probably gift both of them to the gentleman in the next cube over. he's a great guy and we have a lot of fun "poking the bear" with each other. he makes comments on my watches but doesn't wear one himself. says that all the ones he can afford he can't read the dials on anymore. he's been recently divorced, taken to the cleaners for seemingly no good reason and is very frugal in his daily life- eats pb&j at his desk everyday for lunch. his grown kids wanted to buy him a $1000 dSLR for Father's Day (he's a great photographer with a P&S) and he managed to talk them into the $500 base model Olympus E-PL1 because he didn't want them to spend the money on him.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:38 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:52 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I would give a watch to my son Jacob. He is 2 1/2 years old and already wants to wear one of my watches (every time he sees one of my watches that I have sitting on my valet, he grabs it and puts it on his wrist). I want to pass along my love of watches to Jacob and hope he will pass it along to his children as well.

This also continues a family tradition stemming from my own Father who gave me his Longines Olympian as a birthday present when I was 13 and both of my Grandfathers who both loved watches and clocks.

A side story coinciding with keeping the watch collecting tradition going in my family is one that took place almost 4 years ago. My wife and I were in the swimming pool at the apartment complex we used to live at. This was shortly after we got married and having children was still on the horizon for us. A little boy about 3 or 4 years old came to the pool with his family. He ran over to us and introduced himself. His name was Jacob. He started talking to us and at one point saw I was wearing a diver's watch for the pool and he said "Wow, does your watch go under water? I have a watch like that. I like watches". After he and his family went back to their apartment, my wife and I looked at each other and said, "we just met our son". 2 years later, our son was born and guess what...he likes watches already =)
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:45 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Very nice contest James, but no need to include me.

A few years back, a cousin of mine joined the Army and was sent to Iraq. I was trying to figure out at the the time a watch to send to him. I didn't quite have the sizeable collection that I do today, but I did have something in mind.

I never did get to send it to him, he came back from the war missing both arms below the elbow.

My wife and I have since then, here and there, sent him what he needs the most.....our love and support.....and some money to help out. It's a shame how someone who has sacrificed so much, has received so little from those that he helped defend.

Please keep all of those people in your prayers.


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That would have to be to my son. Because this time aroundif I give it to him he will have more respect for it and won't throwhis time pieceat the door and completly destroy it. He was breaking up with his girfriend at the time and she gifted the piece to him for his birthday. Needless to say I asked him WTF is wrong with you. It was a nice seiko dive watch. I can honestly tell you when I picked up the watch and saw what he did to it. My heart skipped a beat. Jeff
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:46 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I would give the second watch to my sister so she could give to her kid. They always enjoy my watches when they visit and I think it would be a hoot to see them have one and be all excited. Nothing better then younger kids getting excited about a watch.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:03 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I have been on a lets go see America tour for the past 25 years.My mothers health is bringing it all to an end as she is taking a turn for the worse. Im preparing to to quit a job that Ive had for 2 years in 2 more weeks and go home. If I was to win these watches I would gift one to a friend who is going to load a 24 foot truck and drive it all the way across the United States for me.I would gift the other to my nephew who took his dads place in my moms life since my brother passed away in 98.In my eyes both these men have stepped up when needed in many different ways and I love both of them dearly. :>)
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I would give them both away, first would go to my daughter. She is 4 and loves my watches, she always stops me to look at what I have on my wrist. I think it is because she sees how much I like them and wants to be a part of it for me. So it would be a gift to her. The second would be a traveling watch. It would go from one member of the forum to the next. Each member will have it for a week, post a pic and send it on. I have seen this done on other forums and think it is cool.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:18 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I would give them both away, first would go to my daughter. She is 4 and loves my watches, she always stops me to look at what I have on my wrist. I think it is because she sees how much I like them and wants to be a part of it for me. So it would be a gift to her. The second would be a traveling watch. It would go from one member of the forum to the next. Each member will have it for a week, post a pic and send it on. I have seen this done on other forums and think it is cool.
Great idea BUFF of a community watch, how about a little longer time span, minimum 14 days to maximum 30 days. My life is to hectic to make it to our local Pony Express shop for shipping, heck I might not check my mailbox for days as it is.

I guess that could be the perpetual paying it forward gift.
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:51 PM   #30 (permalink)
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This is a tough onebut I think it would have to be my Father. He is also my business partner and best freindand I have had the privelage of working side by side with him the last 6 years. He is slowing down and retiring while I seperate off and continue myrapid growth but having a father that is your best freind and trusted business partner is something I could never replace or experience again.
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My father and I haven't had a "proper" relationship . . . ever. We have gone 10 years at a time without speaking. My daughter is 12 and he's met her twice. It's just how it is . . .

. . . until his Father passed in March.

We talked at the funeral and he mentioned his great-grandfather's railroad watch, and I agreed to look at it. He doesn't know that I'm in the process of restoring it. I think I'm going to farm out some of the work to have it arrive pristine when I give it to my Father.

I know he'll appreciate the watch, and our lack of frequent communication is "buying" me some time to get the work done!

We've spoken once, since the original discussions around the watch began . . . I think this pocket watch has been a real blessing in allowing us to speak again.



BTW: This was the company that after changing hands, became the Hamilton Watch Co. :c

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First of all, I would like to thank C.J. and Jeff for their kind thoughts and recommendations. I am touched by you both, sincerely. I think you both know though that I really don't need any watches gifted to me, LOL, so if I win I would give them both away.

The individuals that I would choose would be ones that serve selflessly. The people that risk their lives on a daily basis to assure our safety and to protect. It doesn't matter, Police, Military, Medical, Fire/Rescue you know who I mean. As 9/11 approaches and we are still engaged in those foreign wars, it just seems befitting to me that we recognize once again who the true heroes in this country are. I would do so by gifting to two of these types of people. What's more, I would involve our brotherhood of WatchFreeks to assist in doing so as I would call on for your recommendations. Thanks.




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Old 08-20-2010, 01:43 PM   #33 (permalink)
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First of all, I would like to thank C.J. and Jeff for their kind thoughts and recommendations. I am touched by you both, sincerely. I think you both know though that I really don't need any watches gifted to me, LOL, so if I win I would give them both away.

The individuals that I would choose would be ones that serve selflessly. The people that risk their lives on a daily basis to assure our safety and to protect. It doesn't matter, Police, Military, Medical, Fire/Rescue you know who I mean. As 9/11 approaches and we are still engaged in those foreign wars, it just seems befitting to me that we recognize once again who the true heroes in this country are. I would do so by gifting to two of these types of people. What's more, I would involve our brotherhood of WatchFreeks to assist in doing so as I would call on for your recommendations. Thanks.
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I couldn't agree with you more my friend. I think I would emphasize activemilitary personnel. These fine men and women are in harms way 24/7 and they get paid peanuts to do it. Being a Police Officer I can tell you that I have nothing but respect for these folks. True there are inherent dangers of my job, but in the grand scheme of things it is little in comparison to our troops that are currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have a fellowsupervisor that I work with at my Police Department that continually volunteers himself to go over to the Middle East as an IED specialist to diffuse road side bombs. He recently went back to Afghanistan for his 5th deployment. I asked him why he keeps doing it and his response was "Because I'm good at what I do and I want it done right" This man is a true hero in my eyes and I have nothing but respect for him. It is guys like him that I feel deserve a small token of appreciation that is not given to them by our government.
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Rob my good friend, you are one of many that should be considered a hero. I could not agree with you more .................. you just hit it Bro!






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Old 08-21-2010, 06:49 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Thank you for all the honest and wonderful responses. This thread has now been closed.

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