WristScan weekend 5-7 July, 2019, Let's Watch Your Stories

 By: Izhik : July 5th, 2019-06:50

As communicated yesterday, I am your host for this weekend WristScan session.
As a theme I have decided to give all our friends here the opportunity not only to show great photos of great pieces they have in their collections, but also to personalize a little bit the photos bu telling also a little bit stories associated wit particular watches.
Again, these stories can tell how your affinity with a particular brands has started, what was the piece that triggered your passion for watch collection, how a beloved watch (es) found the way into your collection, etc.
At the end of the day, this forum is about watches, and people that love watches, so I think what makes each watch special is not just its dial, movement or the name printed on the dial, but also what it means to its owner.
So please, let's go ahead and enjoy this week the watches and their biographies.

And of course, as an inspiration, your host is going to start and since this thread is for you, I will be short focusing on two stories.
So I will start with a brand that basically started it all for me and I owe this name my initial kick in into the high end watches world.
It all goes back to the times I was a little child and there was sort of a magic word going around that related to a watch that my late uncle had. That watch at those days, was referred as Schaffhausen watch.
At later, much later times I could imagine that we are talking most probably on IWC.
So when my passion started, not so long ago I must say, it started and was focusing initially on IWC watches.
Of course, when I discovered IWC, the brand was already in another phase then it was when I was a child. I had in the meantime several IWC watches in my possession.
Now I have just two, one from the glorious old times, a watch from the late 50's driven by one of the most legendary Swiss calibres ever made, caliber 89.
The 2nd, is a modern piece, a Regulateur Portuguese, a watch that simply reminds me the company's roots. The caliber, the design of the watch, which is so typical to IWC heritage.
Here they are...

And now the other brand, the other watch.
Let's talk now about Blancpain.
What shall I tell you guys, I love history. And, when it comes to watches, knowing that a brand that was founded is 1736 is still with us, it means one thing, it's here because it successfully survived all hurdles of the last 283 years in order to still be around. I know, I know, it's not the same brand that Jehan Blancpain established back in the first half of the 18th century, it went through several hands. But, and I always say that, I think it's resurrection in the 1980's saved the Swiss mechanical watch industry. I think what Blancpain did there in those years, it did it first and their success showed the way to the other brands.

So I want to come back here to one specific Blancpain.
I saw that watch in Geneva last year, it was really attraction from first sight and the price the AD offered me was good, very good.
But for me when I get a watch it's almost a process. I take photos, I go back home to look on my mac to look again and again.

So to make a long story short.
Here the first photo I too of this calendar Blancpain last year in Geneva.
It's not a great photo and I did not see THAT initially, not in the shop and not immediately afterwards.
I must say that the watch was not running at all when I took that photo.
I also must say that the AD did not know me at all. It's the first time I was walking into his shop, ever.

But then, probably only few later, I look probably the 100th time at the photo.
And yes, I just the date that the watch was showing when I saw it the first you guys believe in co-incidences?? you know those guys that say that actually there no co-incidences???

What could I say, I loved that watch from 1st sight, I got a great price...and then I simply saw that when I took that first photo, the watch was basically frozen on....June, the 29th.
Yes, friends, my birthday.

I couldn't ignore that...would you???

here some recent photos...

and it's your turn...
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Two watch brand as well.

 By: iceheller : July 5th, 2019-07:39
The king and the soldier!

Got this air king last year after trashing Rolex for more than a decade in various forums. And when it reached the time to get a in-house movement watch for myself, I realised not many companies really manufacture in-house movement watch. And for most of the in-house movement watches, you gotta be on the waiting list, so I decide to open to Rolex as well and chance upon this air king during a regular visit to the AD. As with my other watches (mostly ball watch)  this king just went through all the bangs and knocks and still run with COSC accuracy. Nevertheless, i am quite impressive with Rolex watches durability.

For the other watch, I just received it FOC yesterday during my army reservist, it may be a quartz which many do not even bother to look at but it my 10 years commitment to defence the nation; I actually did something like 12years and now than they decided to give me this. Sadly I still got another one/year to go! Alway ready! Ready to Woof Woof!

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You know my feelings on the air King. A very good Rolex. With the extra touch of madness, which is very welcome. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 5th, 2019-07:50
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thanks for sharing the stories of these two watches...

 By: Izhik : July 6th, 2019-02:03
I like the 'the king and and soldier' title, and the your uniform while taking the photo, really fits into the story....
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Interesting combination, Iceheller!

 By: KMII : July 6th, 2019-16:50
And it seems your timing was good, too - in terms of getting one without a waiting list 😉
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Great stories behind these watches, I. I will follow you with two of mines.

 By: amanico : July 5th, 2019-07:47
The one which started all, the Rolex GMT MASTER, because it was a promise I made to myself when I was 14 years old. Some 20 years after, I got it! 

And another watch with a funny story, this time... 

In the early days of September 2008, I got a call of a friend of mine, at 4 AM, who was in travel in the US, in Philly. 

Me: Hey, this is not because I am Vlad that you can call me at 4 AM! 

Him: Ok, let's forget it, I was just offered a lovely vintage FF, something a bit beaten, but very nice, with a disc above 6 o clock... Have a good night. 

Me: Ok, ok, send me a picture... 

After looking at the picture, I told him if he still could get it. 

He told me yes, but that he had to pay it a bit high... 

Me: How much? 

Him: 3500 USD. 

Me: Ok, buy it and I will give you 3500 Euros ( a time were the USD was at 1. 40 ) 

After a while I received several calls for that watch, which is supposed to be one of the early ones, used by the US Navy. 

My lucky day... 


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You lucky man Nicolas!! Great story of that wonderful...

 By: Subexplorer : July 5th, 2019-10:46
... FF!! Superb shots you share!!
I didn’t know that your love for GMT’s started with a promise in your youth!! Nice to know that!!
Two wonderful watches and stories behind my dear friend!
Hagwe and abrazos!! Abel
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It is all because of him....

 By: amanico : July 5th, 2019-10:47

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Ha ha ha!! I can well understand you my dear friend!!...

 By: Subexplorer : July 5th, 2019-11:01
... I was also a fan of this TV series and great actor!!

Keep loving your superb GMT’s my dear friend!!
Cheers! Abel
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Muchas gracias, Abel. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 5th, 2019-11:07
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Siempre un placer mi amigo! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : July 5th, 2019-11:45
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My hero was Steve McQueen . . .

 By: Dr No : July 6th, 2019-16:03
. . . in Bullitt.  And while I probably won't get the Benrus he actually wore in the film, a military 1A like yours (gone, I know!) is still on my list.

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I was vrry fond of McQueen too Art!!...

 By: Subexplorer : July 6th, 2019-17:03
... seems we share similar tastes!
And Bullitt includes two classics I love so much: McQ and Mustang!
Cheers! Abel
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I remember seeing . . .

 By: Dr No : July 6th, 2019-17:29
. . . Bullitt when it was released, and thinking, "That's who I want to be when I grow up!"  

Reality is considerably different ;-) . . . 

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Ha ha ha!! Same feelings here my friend! Lol!! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-06:47
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great little regiment of Rolex GMTs there Nicolas...good now to know how it all started with you...

 By: Izhik : July 6th, 2019-02:17
but that FF...well, I guess you got already my thoughts about BP...sounds you being woke up early in the morning in that instance, paid off very well...really love that FF...
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The world belongs to those who never sleep or at least wake up early in the morning. :) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 6th, 2019-02:21
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just in case there is a rare opportunity for a real deal for benchmark watch....🙂😀 [nt]

 By: Izhik : July 6th, 2019-02:43
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:))) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 6th, 2019-03:36
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I’m renaming you Nicolas “Lucky” Vlad :-)) [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-03:29
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That's it, that's my complete name. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 6th, 2019-03:36
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LOL ! [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-03:50
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:) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 6th, 2019-03:52
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was not aware of that...good to know...👍🏻 [nt]

 By: Izhik : July 7th, 2019-01:45
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Just keep it to yourself :-)) [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-01:57
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Sssssshhhhhhh! ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-02:40
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Sorry... is it a little early for you Vlad ? [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-02:42
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40% tipper... Can I hunt watches for you, Nico?! [nt]

 By: Brandon Skinner : July 6th, 2019-13:42
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At this price... Considering nowadays prices... ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 6th, 2019-13:59
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Sometimes it pays to pick up the phone in the middle of the night 😉

 By: KMII : July 6th, 2019-16:52
Two great stories Nico and it’s nice to fulfill one’s promises to one’s younger self 👍🏻
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