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How did you get into watches and your first big watch purchase

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I first started getting interested in watches back in the early 90s when I was transferred from one R&D group to another which included a new location and working with a new team. I was previously working on mainframe applications but my new direction was porting mainframe applications to run on distributed platforms such as different flavors of Unix, Linux, and AS/400. During breaks, some of the team members would talk shop and watches around the water cooler,
I knew nothing about watches at the time but I did wear a cheap Citizen I purchased at Fedco. So after our first project was completed it came with a bonus I decided to purchase my first big watch, I chose the Omega Seamaster Professional 300, the first Omega Bond watch made famous by Pierce Brosnan but I got the automatic and a chronograph complication.
The watch is now over 26 years old and still runs great, it has its share of wear and tear, especially on the clasp and on the chrome bezel. I do not wear this watch that often because of its heft as it is built like a tank it would be the watch I would wear during an apocalypse but is not comfortable to wear every day.

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Back about 1970/71 I purchased my first Swiss Auto, a Bulova; I paid about a full months (soldiers) salary for it. The dang thing kept terrible time (maybe a min a day)? I soldiered on with it for about 7 years when I met my first quartz. That was the key, cheap and accurate. Quartz biggest failure (for me) were broken plastic straps - but quartz watches became so cheap I'd just trash the entire thing and buy another.

Eventually cell phones provided the time and I stopped wearing watches, but I'd leave the phone somewhere safe if I was performing physical work and then I'd not know the time. Then 2-3 years ago I discovered field watches and found a cheap / rugged Lorus field watch. I liked having this thing on me, so light and unobtrusive.

That first field watch set me towards a small army of others, as well as a ton of straps. Now I could mix/match things and my appreciation grew even more. Ooops, somewhere in there I found a beauty (auto dressy Seiko); she mesmerized me with her sparkle. I still think she's a beauty - but too fragile for my daily wear.

But I heard from y'all, the big pleasing names (but still rugged) so I chanced some; picking up a few from those name drops (Hammy field, Sinn Pilot, Tudor BB, Omega 300) and am slowly rotating thru them. Each has their charms so I'll be keeping them.

I stilll have my long dead Bulova. Service estimates started at $400 - nope/ cheaper to purchase something new.

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Bulova has been around for a very long time and is no slouch in the watch industry. That watch you have there is a real looker and in my opinion worth servicing. You can walk down a mall here in Santa Monica promenade a well-to-do area and every other person is wearing a nice watch and is wearing those brands you mentioned but how many will be wearing that Bulova?
I guess that I was kind of late bloomer when it comes to actually
really getting into watches Bob and Wrascal. 😊

Honestly I liked watches my whole life, but it was my younger
brother who always got these cool Casios, Citizens, and Seikos
when we were kids in the 80's and everything. 😉(y)He would
always ask for a watch for his birthday or Christmas, while I asked
for Star Wars toys, or Transformers. 😊

But I do remmber getting a couple cool Swatches in the 1984-85
area from mygrandmother which was amazing. 😀

Here’s a picture of one from the interwebs, although my original one
has got to be in out attic or something I bet. (y)

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And after that, I remmber getting some Fossils in the 90's, but I still
was not technically into watches really. Yet my brother continued to
get neat watches for all of his birthdays and also Christmases. And
even my dad as well as grandfather liked watches and had old
pocket watches to go along with their wrist watches. 😀

Although non of them were really very big purchases or very
expensive watches.

Then in the 2000's ShopNBC started doing these cool watch shows
as everyone here knows. 😎With Invicta and Renato taking center
stage. 😀 😀Again my brother started the ball rolling by getting a
Titanium Russian Diver along with a bunch of Renatos. 😉 And that
really caused me to catch the bug and never look back. Although I
ended up delving and diving into Zodiac. 😉

With my first purchase being the ZMX-01. And although not a big
purchase, it's what had to be one of the first watches that really
launched me into thehobby, and my passion has only gotten
stronger with each passing second since guys. 🔥

A couple pics:

By the way, awesome topic Bob !!!
I remember ShopNBC with Tim Temple and Skelton Invicta, Renato, Oceanaut, Rotary, Gevril, and Croton, and even a Bedet.
Fine topic! Born in 1960 I was taught to read a clock in pre-school but didn't receive my first watch at around the age of eight. A hand wound Ancre chrome plated boys watch with a grey leather strap. Somehow I lost track of it or it stopped working and was thrown away. I was however fascinated by the Skin Diver watch a younger aunt of mine wore. It was not water resistant. I didn't wear a watch again until I was about 14 or 16. This time I bought (with saved up pocket- and birthday money) a Sicura Chronograph at a local tobacconists' (for 79 Guilders) as this was common in the mid-70s. After that several cheap LED watches (one from Tandy/Radio Shack) followed by a Sicura Stunt Watch (made 'famous' in a commercial that showed the watch strapped to the front wheel of a dirt bike and doing some rounds). And then, in 1979, with my first pay I bought a Seiko Quartz 150m Diver. Which I later gave away only to buy a Cartier Santos Dumont Carré in stainless steel in 1980. This was after I had left the ARMY in July 1980 (a tour of duty in Lebanon) and during that period I had bought and given away several Japanese quartz watches. The Cartier was sold to my brother only to buy a Cartier Tank (oh no, quartz), the biggest watch mistake in my life.

Fast forward to 2010 (at least, that is what my poor memory tells me) where my real watch collecting started with the purchase of a Deep Blue Juggernaut followed by a H2O Orca. The rest is, as they say, history. I have bought an average of two watches per year but have slowed down last year because of my early-retirement and exploded energy and food costs. There are one or two I would like to own but for now I have to be patient.

Sicura Chronograph:

Sicura Stunt Watch:

Seiko Quartz Diver:

That Secura is a really nice-looking watch that reminds me of a Seiko.
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Those were actually very cool days right Bob?! 😎

What I liked too was that those shows were more like watch shows
to me. (y)(y) Where the information, along with entertainment was
almost as much fun as seeing the watches. And you didn’t have to
buy watches to have that fun. 😊..It was just a neat time.
I remember on one of the local channels in LA were two guys that sold pre-owned luxury watches from estate sales and on consignment. They used to go through the history of the watch and its relevance to the brand, majority of the watches on the show were Rolex Day Dates and Date Just, Subs, and Yacht Masters but they also had a lot of Patek Calatrava, Vacheron, and Jaeger LeCoultre. I loved that show and iI learned a lot from these two guys I was sad that one day I turned the channel; on and they were a man and woman selling jewelry, I was so bummed out.
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