Today, I decided to bust out a time piece that sees little wrist time now, but for a while it was my absolute go to. I purchased this watch in the early 90’s, and it was my first expensive watch purchase that I did with my own dough. I was really young, somewhat successful , and moving up. Let’s see.... this watch was with me on many an occasion, I hosted my first dinner party with 15 colleagues wearing this guy (that made me feel good, and I had my first scotch that eve). I’ve shaken hands with celebrities, executives, and dignitaries wearing this guy. I proposed to my wife, wearing this watch. I’ve held new born babies (that makes me super nervous!) and I have sadly given eulogies with this on my wrist.
And this watch has seen adventures that would make Hemingway proud, from snorkeling in the Turks, hiking Japan with friends(it was on my wrist when I purchased my first Seiko) to deep sea fishing Hawaii, and hunting in Kentucky....it was their.
Wearing it today reminded me of all the magnificent moments in time as I was having a tea and enjoying balloons on this fine Las Vegas morning, thus adding to its history with me all the more. It gave me a moment to reflect on all the friends and relationships I’ve been so very thankful and fortunate to have, and the privilege and honor it gives me in calling them “Friends”, “Brothers”, “family”, and “wife”.
This Hamilton Khaki (known as the Hamster here) really embodies everything a watch means and represents. I think it ran me about $400 back then (before the leveling of the field the internet brought), which was a lot of coin for me at the time, but in retrospect absolutely worth it. An ETA 200 quartz powers it, and it’s mineral crystal was replaced as I scratched and chipped the hell out of its original. I stuck with an OEM replacement though during its first and only service. I still have the original bracelet, but I put it on Hirsch leathers around five years ago, and I used to rotate between black and brown leather straps. Not my oldest, nor most expensive, but certainly quite precious. Needless to say, it’s been a storied, wonderful time piece to me.