Oct 8, 20173930 views
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.

cheers and a happy Sunday people
J-G-H, GES11T, and 20 others

Hi Stainless. I love the stories that go with the watches. It's almost like it's own patina albeit unseen. For personification I'm sure the old 'hamster' appreciates being brought out as well. Cheers to you and enjoy the rest of the week.
Awesome S O, enjoyed your story. Living well in appreciation and gratitude is a wonderful place to be. Congrats my friend.
Fantastic story!! Great valued piece! Here's to many more years! 🍻
I wish I could like this post one hundred times. Great write up and it perfectly illustrates how meaningful a timepiece is, how it doesn't just tell time but becomes a reminder of the times of our lives.
Wow, what amazing memories you’ve built with this watch. Thanks for sharing it.
That is what I love about a timepiece! I don’t think anything else can can so easily be associated with great moments in time! This piece as well as the many other fine watches you have will forever represent you when you pass them on. This is another wonderful aspect of owning Great timepieces as you do. Thanks for sharing my friend!
Lovely write-up, and wrist-piece!
You've brought up a highly overlooked aspect of watch appreciation, which is that a watch is one of the few objects that can be with you constantly through all of life's experiences, and over time becomes a touchstone, a doorway to the past.
Though I have a rotation of fairly pricey watches now, the one which is most weighty with memories for me is a cheap olive green Timex Expedition covered all over with pits and scratches, which saw me through 2 years of service in the Army. I wore it in swamps. Its turquoise Indiglo was a comfort through long dark nights in the jungle. I wore it in dress uniform when I received my sword and 2nd lieutenant's bars. I wore it when I returned my mens' salute for the last time before returning to civilian life.
Sadly, no other watch I own is likely to ever acquire the same patina of memories as I rotate them frequently and can't keep track of what I wore when.
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You could also do as a friend did, and let the boys blaze their own trails and then get them each something that befits them when the time is right. YOUR watch will be a cornerstone for the children regardless, and it will land where it needs to when it needs to.
That’s a magnificent idea Erik