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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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Wow, awesome histories guys! Posts like this one make my day.

I am not really new to watches, but the horological bug only invaded my senses about 3 years ago. I've been wearing a time gage on my wrist since I was an early teen ( mainly digital Casios and timexes). Had a Databank, an Ironman, a Pathfinder...
Three years ago I was gifted a new Seiko 5 with a display back, and boy was I blown away... A mechanism consisting of gears and springs and levers that could keep track of time indefinitely as long as I wore it!! How can that be, how does it do that?
I always take things apart to see how they work, and I was ready to do so with my new Seiko. But my wife talked me out of it (the watch was a present from her mother), and suggested I buy a cheaper watch for that purpose. So I did. Since I was enamored with the display back, I bought a cheap automatic skeleton, and dove right into it.
It has been a long 3 years since then, and now I find myself fixing other people's time gages and building some of my own.
Although I have a lot of clocks and watches in my personal collection, I still have not made a 'major purchase' (the Seiko 5 remains my most expensive personal watch). I have spent more, much more, on tools and supplies to create what my imagination comes up with.
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...Longines Master Collection Moon Phase...
I love the date complication on top of the moon phase complication!
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