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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 Precise 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 purchased a cheap / rugged Lorus field watch. I liked having this thing on me, so light and unobtrusive; that was my starting moment.

That first field watch set me towards a small army of (CHEAP) 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 (an 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 decided to chance it some; then picking up a few from those name drops (Hammy field, Sinn Pilot, Tudor BB, Omega SMP), now I 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 (my Hammy).

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If I was to invest in it, get her running (accurately) and all spiffed up / new crystal etc - I seriously doubt I'd wear her. I have no love left for her - considering I'm full of lust (with several others) that I own.

My family lives close to you, all centered around Disney; my last visit was just before the virus.

My lustful Seiko:
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I will confess: in the early / mid 70s booze and loose women were competing (winning) my discretionary funds. Without those vices I may have sold the Bulova and purchased a Rolex; and my watch history may have been different.

No regrets! If I was again in my 20s I'd most likely repeat these same events.
What is the life of lume? Just for grins today I dug out my 50+ year old Bulova and hit it with a flashlight. Yup, the hands still had some (very very little) life; however I'd guess not useable within a few min.
Late night musing and rereading this ... it makes me think y'all may be from the LA area. And that reminded me of the numerous early 1970s advertisements to

Go See Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal (Worthington). I believe he was a LA area Ford dealer back then.

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