A few weeks ago, we ran a piece titled, Two Years in with the MK II Paradive. In it, our contributor and friend Jon Gaffney wrote about owning the titular model, chronicling how he first became interested in watches and his journey to, and experience with, the Paradive itself. It was an interesting read, and certainly a relatable one. It got us thinking about our own collections. What was it that drew us to the watches we now own? How have our feelings changed after a few years of ownership? Any regrets?
To answer these questions, we’re kicking off a new series titled My Watch. Each entry will focus on a watch out of our personal collections and the story around it. Truth be told, it’s going to be a bit of an indulgent exercise, but also a fun one. We all have stories to share, and watches are all the more better when they come with a story. I’ll start things off with one of my first major watch purchases–my Sinn 756.
But before I get to the watch, I’ll begin with how I became a watch enthusiast because the two are so intertwined. Growing up I never really considered wearing a watch. I was an avid skateboarder all through middle and high school, so anything on my wrist would have surely gotten trashed. Plus, I never really understood the utility of wearing a watch when I had a cell phone in my pocket. I do remember gifting my grandfather a Seiko 5 for one of his birthdays and him having to get it serviced when it suddenly stopped working. But beyond that I can’t say I had any sort of sentimental connection to watches or that I grew up around them.