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Default Can you remember the Watch that started it all?

When your Meds keep you awake all hours
(As You Know Iím awake most of the time) I got thinking about what I remember as my first watch and what got me interested in what we do.

Turns out my first Digital Watch I remember being gifted when I was about 11yrs Old was a Timex (Pic supplied)

I also remember fondly asking to clean my grandads 2 vintage Silver Watches
He had ( A Vintage Rolex 1803 and a Tudor Oyster Prince) My Grandad had money and taste in those days plus he loved his watches.

Rolling on through the teenage years Seiko Digitals became the gift of choice for my Birthday and Xmas Presents which I usually asked for.
The Bug had already set in and although I have fond memories of some great watches I owned or was given over the years including a Swatch Watch which I loathed😂 my first real Purchase of my own and an expensive self buy at the Time was my Seiko Arnie I bought brand new in 1986 when I was living in Australia then of course Seeing my First Citizen Aqualand on a friends wrist(whilst wearing my Arnie) and wishing I had his watch instead of mine? Thatís when the Aqualand Bug started.
My Mam and Dad both loved Watches with my Step father still owning his full 18ct Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual day date and my mother the same mid size with a Diamond Bezel and Diamond encrusted Dial.
(I hope one day to be passed down my Step Fathers Rolex) my Motherís I will sell and Save the £££££.
My fascination of watches still continues of course even though I have a few other types of Collections Iíve gained over the years probably like most but Iíve never collected coins or Stamps🤔

Anyway just Neilos early Morning AM thoughts and wondered if you would like to participate.


Hereís the Timex I remember as my first Gifted Watch and of course my Grandads 2 Gorgeous Watches I spent so many hours cleaning and polishing for him in my teens.👍
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Blimey Neilo, when I was a kid I had the led type that you pressed to light up, my lad has a Trafalgar on now!
This pic is from when I borrowed it
My first ďposhĒ watch was a Tag F1
Then got a nice Oris, diver type, then into speedies.
After a break from watches, it all started big time with a seiko 6118? I think?ill have to have a look what it is..


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A Citizen 52-0110

I got it in Suva, Fiji. when I was 13 (1975)on holiday it cost $25.00 NZ.

I had to choose between that and what we now call a Turtle- I didn't want the Turtle because I thought the strap looked a bit cheap, hmmmmmmmmm, I was a fussy little prick (still am)
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My Godparents gave me this Sportsmatic for Christmas back in 1966. I still wear it occasionally.



It wore pretty big on my 11yr old wrist back then



Now, not so much...

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My dad bought me a Timex, when I was 9, because I showed such an interest in his own Timex. Years later, while working at a hospital, another RN had a beautiful two tone Tag, which I coveted. In fact, I got my husband to buy me the exact model. It was a midsize Link. It was all downhill from there. After collecting Swiss brands for years, mostly Omegas, now that I am retired, and single again, I changed the focus of my collecting to Seiko, because they are awesome timepieces, at a price I can afford.

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Blimey Neilo, when I was a kid I had the led type that you pressed to light up, my lad has a Trafalgar on now!
This pic is from when I borrowed it
My first ďposhĒ watch was a Tag F1
Then got a nice Oris, diver type, then into speedies.
After a break from watches, it all started big time with a seiko 6118? I think?ill have to have a look what it is..


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Ian thatís amazing the Speedie collection👍
As for the Press LED Red Vintage Digitals I still love them typically because they remind me of my teens.Plus they seem to be making a comeback.👍
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A Citizen 52-0110

I got it in Suva, Fiji. when I was 13 (1975)on holiday it cost $25.00 NZ.

I had to choose between that and what we now call a Turtle- I didn't want the Turtle because I thought the strap looked a bit cheap, hmmmmmmmmm, I was a fussy little prick (still am)
😂😂😂😂 if only we knew then what we knew now!!
I would have bought so many 6105,s and 6306/6309 or Scubapros brand new and locked them away,Omegas,Tudors and Rolexes all as investments but we wore them and chucked them at the time😜
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My Godparents gave me this Sportsmatic for Christmas back in 1966. I still wear it occasionally.



It wore pretty big on my 11yr old wrist back then



Now, not so much...

Russ Sir in 1966 i was 2 so maybe nothing on my wrist at that time.
Lovely Sportsmatic and fantastic you still have the watch.
Great pic bybthe way👍
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My dad bought me a Timex, when I was 9, because I showed such an interest in his own Timex. Years later, while working at a hospital, another RN had a beautiful two tone Tag, which I coveted. In fact, I got my husband to buy me the exact model. It was a midsize Link. It was all downhill from there. After collecting Swiss brands for years, mostly Omegas, now that I am retired, and single again, I changed the focus of my collecting to Seiko, because they are awesome timepieces, at a price I can afford.

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KG funny how many of us seem to show the pattern of a Timex being the watch they remember or first owned.I was never a TAG fan but I was a HEUER fan (before Tag bought them out) I suppose my grandads Tudor And Rolex I cleaned
Gave me an interest in both brands but knew I would probably never afford one of my own.Now Iíve no real interest in either brand but prefer Seiko and Citizen
To collect.
As for being Single I know the feeling but it does leave you free to collect whatever you want😜
Thanks for Sharing KG great story.👍
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The watch that started it for me was a present (probably Christmas) when I was 9 or 10, living in Colchester - so the early 70's.

It was bought from a shop called Jacks (we called it Cheap Jacks) and was a plated 'gold' mechanical (I suspect manual, but maybe it was an automatic). At that age I didn't care or know about such things. I felt really proud of it and remember wearing it to bed, listening to it tick and generally being mesmerised by this machine that I could wear and control.

Unfortunately at that age nothing lasted long before it got broken - never intentionally nor clumsily (as such), it just didn't stand the rigours I put it through.

I remember a pair of 'leather' gloves I was bought one winter - wow, 'leather'. I felt very grown up. Within a day I'd ruined them - I was whacking something with a tree branch I'd cut down (maybe play sword fighting?) and grasping that rough branch tightly simply wore through the material in no time (well, by the time I noticed it was too late).

Then of course there were the new shoes - which within days had a hole in the front from playing football (just about all we did at school breaks) in the tarmac playground. My mum used to go mad when she saw them.

Toys didn't last- especialy plastic ones with clips that always snapped off.

Anyway, back to that watch. I can't remember how or exactly when (but it was months and not just days) the poor thing stopped working.

So, what did I do? - what I love doing now, I tried to 'fix' it. It makes me smile to think back to this, but somehow I managed to mangle it so that when I wound it (so yes, it was definitely a manual wind) all the hands whizzed round. I took the hour and minute hands off (how did I manage this??) and I think the dial as well (skeleton watches here we come), re-fitted the seconds hand and spent ages watching that hand whiz round and trying to guess / predict where it would land.

So, given where I am now and my love of taking watches apart and getting them back together (and working) this was definitely the watch that started it all............
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The watch that started it for me was a present (probably Christmas) when I was 9 or 10, living in Colchester - so the early 70's.

It was bought from a shop called Jacks (we called it Cheap Jacks) and was a plated 'gold' mechanical (I suspect manual, but maybe it was an automatic). At that age I didn't care or know about such things. I felt really proud of it and remember wearing it to bed, listening to it tick and generally being mesmerised by this machine that I could wear and control.

Unfortunately at that age nothing lasted long before it got broken - never intentionally nor clumsily (as such), it just didn't stand the rigours I put it through.

I remember a pair of 'leather' gloves I was bought one winter - wow, 'leather'. I felt very grown up. Within a day I'd ruined them - I was whacking something with a tree branch I'd cut down (maybe play sword fighting?) and grasping that rough branch tightly simply wore through the material in no time (well, by the time I noticed it was too late).

Then of course there were the new shoes - which within days had a hole in the front from playing football (just about all we did at school breaks) in the tarmac playground. My mum used to go mad when she saw them.

Toys didn't last- especialy plastic ones with clips that always snapped off.

Anyway, back to that watch. I can't remember how or exactly when (but it was months and not just days) the poor thing stopped working.

So, what did I do? - what I love doing now, I tried to 'fix' it. It makes me smile to think back to this, but somehow I managed to mangle it so that when I wound it (so yes, it was definitely a manual wind) all the hands whizzed round. I took the hour and minute hands off (how did I manage this??) and I think the dial as well (skeleton watches here we come), re-fitted the seconds hand and spent ages watching that hand whiz round and trying to guess / predict where it would land.

So, given where I am now and my love of taking watches apart and getting them back together (and working) this was definitely the watch that started it all............
Alan thank you Sir for the Great Story.
Iím with you,Growing up in the Northeast all we had was playing football or Building dens somewhere.
We did try to do the Famous Five thing or Secret Seven with a Buddies Dads garden shed being our Base but that did not last so we ended up spending the nights jumping over the fences into everyoneís gardens of Terraced houses swapping one houses garden furniture with another!! What a hoot we had but ruined nearly every bit of clothing and footwear we had as well as watches climbing over walls and fences.
Good old days with not a care in the world.
Would still love to know where all my watches I had went.
Strange how you never remember what happened to them but you Remember having them.
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A Citizen 52-0110

I got it in Suva, Fiji. when I was 13 (1975)on holiday it cost $25.00 NZ.

I had to choose between that and what we now call a Turtle- I didn't want the Turtle because I thought the strap looked a bit cheap, hmmmmmmmmm, I was a fussy little prick (still am)
BW Iím sure I have one of those kicking about somewhere or I moved it on.
Nice Vintage Watch Citizen put out in those days.👍⌚️
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<<<<<< That one over there, bought it new in '83'

7A28-7029 April 1983.
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My Godparents gave me this Sportsmatic for Christmas back in 1966. I still wear it occasionally.







It wore pretty big on my 11yr old wrist back then







Now, not so much...



That's pretty special that you still have it. Great condition, too!
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9 years old. A Timex with a blue dial. I think it was a nurse's watch because I could take my pulse by counting a certain number of beats and look at the scale for rate. The affinity for blue dials and rotating bezels continues to this day. It did not take a licking and keep ticking, lasted about a year. Not much survived my early years.



At 16, my brother gave me his old Seiko after he got a 7548. I think it was a 6106-8109. He surfed every day and it was always fogged up. It didn't work for more than an hour at a time. I tried to "fix" it by spraying WD-40 in it. That was after a determined effort to get the case back off with needle nose pliers. I'm casually looking for a black dial 6106 to right my wrongs. One slipped under my nose a few months ago. Kicking myself for not reading the whole FS post.



The 6309 came a year later. Still have it, still working great.



Along the way, I had a few digital and quartz watches that all failed quickly. I don't care for battery watches to this day but the 7548 I got last year is growing on me. I did have a Casio that was misplaced somewhere in my house. The alarm went off at 7:05 every damn morning for 12 years. Never did find it, maybe it fell in a wall cavity when I was fixing something.
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<<<<<< That one over there, bought it new in '83'

7A28-7029 April 1983.
Jerry you had me looking all over or thought your pic had not loaded?
Then the Penny Dropped😂

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9 years old. A Timex with a blue dial. I think it was a nurse's watch because I could take my pulse by counting a certain number of beats and look at the scale for rate. The affinity for blue dials and rotating bezels continues to this day. It did not take a licking and keep ticking, lasted about a year. Not much survived my early years.



At 16, my brother gave me his old Seiko after he got a 7548. I think it was a 6106-8109. He surfed every day and it was always fogged up. It didn't work for more than an hour at a time. I tried to "fix" it by spraying WD-40 in it. That was after a determined effort to get the case back off with needle nose pliers. I'm casually looking for a black dial 6106 to right my wrongs. One slipped under my nose a few months ago. Kicking myself for not reading the whole FS post.



The 6309 came a year later. Still have it, still working great.



Along the way, I had a few digital and quartz watches that all failed quickly. I don't care for battery watches to this day but the 7548 I got last year is growing on me. I did have a Casio that was misplaced somewhere in my house. The alarm went off at 7:05 every damn morning for 12 years. Never did find it, maybe it fell in a wall cavity when I was fixing something.
BKL Great story,Thanks for sharing.
12yrs on that Casio alarm is one Helluva advertisement for Battery Life😜👍
Wish my Aqualands lasted that long and thereís 3 Batteries in the Classic CO2X Series.
I bet you come across that watch at some point👍
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Jerry you had me looking all over or thought your pic had not loaded?
Then the Penny Dropped😂

Often wondered if your profile pic was a Grail or One you owned👍⌚️
Lol Neil. It was an impulse buy. I was at a jewelers looking for something for the girlfriend. The jeweler was unboxing a new shipment of watches and showed it to me. He told me it was a new tech on the market by Seiko. Bought it on the spot, never hit his display case. $575 new around October 1983. I beat the hell out of it for about 15 years til the buttons stopped working. I wore it working heavy construction, skiing, snorkeling and it took the abuse very well. Restored it about 18 months ago, new crystal, new bracelet, serviced the movement. 1st watch I ever serviced too, and it was a success thanks to the fellas here and their knowledge and advice.

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My Godparents gave me this Sportsmatic for Christmas back in 1966. I still wear it occasionally.



It wore pretty big on my 11yr old wrist back then



Now, not so much...

Aloha Sir,
Russ ...... 1966 man I was running through the Jungles of Vietnam at that time.
I had a couple of them, I think I had a Swiss Chrono. Watch I was using then. Later I
got a couple of those ... 6217 MAS Seiko's and some others. Back then they were real cheap and
the guys swapped them for Cigarettes, Booze, and who knows what. I have Two Watch Box's here
just like That some one sent a watch in it to me. I was wondering what year the box might be so
now I know.
I see you liked those .... Ked's Shoes too. I had them when I was a kid also in the 50's.
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This was my First Watch when started collecting and I got it from Ramon just like this.
(6309-7290 ) So all I did was Service it and it worked great after that.
Paid years back then around ..... 25.00 USD+ $4.50 shipping for it.
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Lol Neil. It was an impulse buy. I was at a jewelers looking for something for the girlfriend. The jeweler was unboxing a new shipment of watches and showed it to me. He told me it was a new tech on the market by Seiko. Bought it on the spot, never hit his display case. $575 new around October 1983. I beat the hell out of it for about 15 years til the buttons stopped working. I wore it working heavy construction, skiing, snorkeling and it took the abuse very well. Restored it about 18 months ago, new crystal, new bracelet, serviced the movement. 1st watch I ever serviced too, and it was a success thanks to the fellas here and their knowledge and advice.

Jerry $575 in 1983!! My word convert that to todayís money $1480.11 to be exact😂
Inflation wise anyway😜

Jerry Iíve always worked with my hands as a Carpenter serving my time when I left school or generally fixing Hifi and restoring Speakers.
Watches however are just too small for my eyes and Hands to even consider delving into although I love the idea of pulling a mechanical watch apart,cleaning it,Lubricating it etc.
I change batteries,lube the seals,Ive changed hands and crystals and straps,Take out Bracelet links,but thatís as far as I go and want to go.
I would rather pay someone to do servicing or Mods properly than having a go and Effing up a good watch😂⌚️

Yours is certainly nice to see looking in its original condition Jerry👍
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Russ Sir in 1966 i was 2 so maybe nothing on my wrist at that time.
Lovely Sportsmatic and fantastic you still have the watch.
Great pic bybthe way👍
Thanks Neil! Yeah, there was no way the bracelet could be resized at the time but if memory serves, I had it on a tooled leather bund or what I would have called a cowboy style strap.
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Aloha Sir,
Russ ...... 1966 man I was running through the Jungles of Vietnam at that time.
I had a couple of them, I think I had a Swiss Chrono. Watch I was using then. Later I
got a couple of those ... 6217 MAS Seiko's and some others. Back then they were real cheap and
the guys swapped them for Cigarettes, Booze, and who knows what. I have Two Watch Box's here
just like That some one sent a watch in it to me. I was wondering what year the box might be so
now I know.
I see you liked those .... Ked's Shoes too. I had them when I was a kid also in the 50's.
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This was my First Watch when started collecting and I got it from Ramon just like this.
(6309-7290 ) So all I did was Service it and it worked great after that.
Paid years back then around ..... 25.00 USD+ $4.50 shipping for it.
Aloha
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Wow Louis, that really puts things into perspective. My Godfather was a colonel in the USAF stationed in Formosa (Taiwan) at the time. I think he was involved with the U2 missions running out of there? By the way, I don't think the sneakers were Keds, I believe they were PF Flyers!
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That's pretty special that you still have it. Great condition, too!
Thanks. I remember at the time I was a tad disappointed that it was Made In Japan....good grief, thank goodness times have changed. Replacing the crystal in this is what really got me hooked on this madness!
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Admiring my grandfather's Rolex got me started. I've always wondered what happened to that watch. I'm sure one of my uncles sold it for quick cash or pawned it for the same after his death....not that there is anything truly wrong with that.....except for someone who admires and cherishes such things. Anyhow, eventually worked my way into owning a similar Rolex. It reminds me of him quite a bit.
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This is the model that got me into the hobby:

Mainly the Dauphine hands and the coin edge inner bezel/minute track. Lugs helped too. One of the most beautiful models they ever produced in my mind. I think I own 6 now?
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