Father's Day Wrist Scan starts . . .

Jun 17, 2022,09:59 AM

. . . now!  Let's see the watches our Dads gifted to us, and since it's better to give than receive, the watch in our collection we'd give to Dad.

Dad bought this Seiko Sea Lion . . . 

. . . in January '66 and wore it daily until '04 when he handed it over.  (It had been serviced just once in all that time!)  When he asked how much it cost to service, let it suffice to say he was displeased with my reply.
Pops just couldn't wrap his mind around a service that cost ten times what he paid for it.

The Sea Lion was treated to a second service about eight years later, but became inoperable over time, so it languished for several years before my current watchmaker was able to revive it just a few months ago.  There's a current issue with the crown so it's back in his care at the moment; otherwise, this is the watch I'd be wearing this weekend.

At around the same time Dad gave me the Seiko he also passed down his '56 Longines Conquest . . . 

. . . that I recently had serviced before turning it over to my nephew Serj.  Uncle George gifted the Longines to Dad, so I thought it fitting his grandson, my nephew, should be next in line to own it.

The watch I'd give to Dad would be the most immaculate example in my collection of vintage Omegas.

This ref 2493 chronometer is so well preserved it could easily have a place in Omega's museum.  What I wouldn't give to be able to share it with Dad.

Let's see the watches handed down to us in this session of Wrist Scan along with the one watch in our collection we'd gift to our fathers.



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Passed down from my father and his father and his father and his father and...

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : June 17th, 2022-13:00
This English fusée pocketwatch dates to the early half of the 1800s and has been passed down in my family. It's not much but it carries a lot for me. I recently had it serviced! ...  

Yes, thanks for reminding me of the other side of the question!

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : June 17th, 2022-15:49
My father's a doctor with very understated tastes. He mentioned this Breguet classique was to his taste and it would be the one I'd give him. ...  

Thank you, Abel!

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : June 18th, 2022-16:50
Have a nice Father's Day!

My big pleasure Spangles!!

 By: Subexplorer : June 18th, 2022-19:16

A wonderful piece for sure 👌🏻

 By: KMII : June 19th, 2022-14:48
And it seems a similar sense of taste tins in the family 😉👍🏻

😉😸 Thanks!

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : June 19th, 2022-15:54


 By: Mary Anny : June 19th, 2022-08:00
Thanks for sharing!


 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : June 20th, 2022-21:20


 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : June 20th, 2022-21:20

Thoughtful theme; hagwe and happy father’s day to all 🍻

 By: Stoikos : June 17th, 2022-14:40
The watch he bought when he first made something of his life. 1960 gold Omega automatic, tv dial, date. He wore it for nearly 50 years. I remember the day he took it off his wrist and handed it to me with a quiet smile. We knew he didn’t have much time le...  

I have a feeling you'll be done with it . . .

 By: Dr No : June 17th, 2022-15:09
. . . much sooner than he expects.

Well, I suppose the worst could happen, too, but my hunch still is . . .

 By: Dr No : June 18th, 2022-18:07
. . . you'll let him enjoy it sooner rather than later. 'Tis better to give than retain, or so they say. 😌

We may have to wait until he’s in his early to mid 30s to be ready to care for a machine of this fragility and value (which is when I was ready)

 By: Stoikos : June 19th, 2022-15:09
And by then I will be in my 70s…. But I will certainly get him or hand over an attractive entry level luxury watch for his young adulthood, if he does well in school and wants one. I’m not yet sure of how to go about this…. 🍻

And to you, my friend!

 By: Stoikos : June 18th, 2022-17:56

Big thanks dear Stoikos!

 By: Subexplorer : June 18th, 2022-19:15

I think Seinfeld has a joke

 By: Stoikos : June 19th, 2022-15:23
about the tension between parents and their children. He goes on about the day that both sides realize that the child is really (and only) there to replace you. 😁

Superb Omega !.. Great story.. Lovely Reverso !

 By: hs111 : June 18th, 2022-15:38
.. What pleasure lies in the remembrances & stories connected ! Keep enjoying these in the Best of your health ! Cheers !! 🙂

Such a sad thing that the Omega was stolen…

 By: KMII : June 19th, 2022-14:50
But a great story indeed and I am sure your choices would have been the right ones 👌🏻👍🏻

Hello dear Art! Great Theme and a great opening post both moving and interesting to read the stories behind these beautiful watches.

 By: Subexplorer : June 17th, 2022-21:14
My Dad loved watches but he owned only two. He was specially fond of Rolex brand and he instilled me that love for the brand since I was a lad. I remember being with him in February 1966 when he bought his first Rolex, a Datejust at an AD in Miami, Fl. Ca...  

Grandpa’s Omega.

 By: RabidManatee : June 17th, 2022-23:58
This was his daily wearer for I’m guessing 20-something years. The watch eventually broke and was replaced by a gold tone Seiko S2 quartz. The watch was languishing at my dad’s house when we spotted it while going through some papers and other stuff. Dad ...  

Thank you!

 By: RabidManatee : June 19th, 2022-00:12

Fortunately movement parts for Ω cal 302 are still widely available . . .

 By: Dr No : June 18th, 2022-18:34
. . . so should there be current need for servicing, a watchmaker wouldn't have an issue sourcing replacements. My ref 3697, which is fitted with the movement that was a precursor to yours, didn't run properly after it was serviced. Another watchmaker dia...  

Wow, that’s good to know, and I’m glad you were able to find and replace the part.

 By: RabidManatee : June 19th, 2022-00:17
I initially had the watch brought to running order by RGM in Pennsylvania. I think they did a great job — the dial was cleaned up just a bit and the watch ran and still runs about +5 secs a day. Thanks for commenting.

Very interesting dear Abel …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 18th, 2022-09:32
Especially the Spanish pocket watch from your great grandfather.

Moving stories & very well chosen pics, my friend !

 By: hs111 : June 18th, 2022-13:59
I specifically liked that first DateJust photo with this yellow tinted dial - quite eclectic but a special joy for you, I trust ! - And that amazing pocket-watch of your Grand-Pa also is a truly compelling piece, beauty & good remembrances, what more can ... 

Thank you so much for your kind comments on every one of my choices dear friend HS. Yes, the old pocket watch is a cherished heirloom which I intend to pass to my family... some day.

 By: Subexplorer : June 18th, 2022-14:52
I choose the GMT as a hypothetical present to Dad as he was a real fan of Rolex, and being a favorite of mine presently I imagined he would enjoy it so much too. Have a nice weekend and Father´s Day my dear friend. Cheers! Abel

The Romans Rolex you gave your Dad is exactly like the Datejust my cousin Vic received . . .

 By: Dr No : June 18th, 2022-18:13
. . . from his brother after graduating from college, except his has a white dial. After Vic married, his wife Doreen 'appropriated' the Datejust so she wears it most of the time now. A family that shares Rolexes together stays together, or so they say.

Ha ha ha!! Agree about the saying : "A family that shares Rolexes together..." Lol! This type of dial with Roman numbers is known today among collectors as "Buckley dials"...

 By: Subexplorer : June 18th, 2022-19:12
... after certain John Buckley owner of a watch shop who sold many of these so equipped dials. These dials were not very popular in the 1980´s but for some reason have caught some interest among Rolex DJ collectors nowadays. Interesting to know your cousi... 

Hello dear Art. This John Buckley is owner of Tuscany Rose a watch dealer…

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-03:00
… of New York and Rolex AD. The idea of calling these dials with his own last name came from himself in a humorous chat with friends around 2007/8. Somehow that idea got popular. There is a youtube video where the man himself explains it. Very fun! Cheers... 

Vic just sent this pic . . .

 By: Dr No : June 19th, 2022-19:26
. . . of 'his' Buckley. ...  

Wow! Beautiful example!! Thanks a lot for sharing!!

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-20:10
Here another Buckley in my collection. This time a Oyster Quartz Datejust. Buckley dials are those with painted Roman numerals not applied with minutes tracks. I feel they are very elegant and classic. Cheers! Abel ...  

I am sure your father would be a super happy recipient!

 By: KMII : June 19th, 2022-15:43
And he clearly passed on his passion to you 😊👍🏻

Thank you so much dear KM! He was not a watch collector but…

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-16:37
… he was a passionate Rolex fan who talked me about the brand since I was a lad. Yes he passed me that feeling to me no doubt! He not only talked about the brand but also presented my Mom, my sister and me Rolex watches for our birthdays. Thank you again ... 

If I could I would give my father my Cartier Tortue

 By: brauner : June 18th, 2022-10:28
with a big "thanks for all Dad" ...  

I understand you my friend. I’m sure he would love this Cartier…

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-16:38
… and your thoughtful feelings. Cheers! Abel

I gave my Dad a watch once, brauner - a VC . . .

 By: Dr No : June 18th, 2022-18:49
. . . Overseas. To make a long story short, the look of pleasure in Dad's eyes when I gifted it to him was unforgettable. Several months later he gave it back, basically because he wasn't wearing it and felt it deserved to be 'gainfully employed'. Not lon...  

You remember the look of pleasure

 By: brauner : June 19th, 2022-11:45
That is what counts

Same with me and my dad…

 By: KMII : June 19th, 2022-15:56
Especially with the Moonwatch. He was touched no end but doesn’t wear it 🤷🏻‍♂️

What an story dear Art! Nice to remember his face…

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-16:41
… when he received your present!! Best! Abel

Watches and aromas

 By: Jaccard : June 18th, 2022-10:55
This is a very personal topic you have chosen this week , Dr No. My dad gave me this pocket watch too soon. I also kept his desk and his cigar humidor. As a child I could tell whether it was Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta’s Churchill’s or Cohiba’s Lanceros ...  

Hmmhh.. Let me see, how to play this week..

 By: hs111 : June 18th, 2022-12:10
As far as I remember, my father only had two watches, one of which has been passed onwards to me by my mother after he had passed away, in 1985. It has been an Omega Seamaster Dresswatch, steel case and red gold indices and hands. - I always had admired t...  

Interesting post dear friend HS. You Dad´s Omega is plain but charming, but more important are the feelings and remembrances it brings to you when you view or wear it.

 By: Subexplorer : June 18th, 2022-13:15
Your De Ville Omega chrono is lovely and classic. I´m sure it´s a pleasure to wear. Great choice for your hypothetical present to your Dad. He surely would appreciate it so much. Have a nice weekend dear friend. Cheers! Abel

Thx so much, dear Abel for your kind sentiment !

 By: hs111 : June 18th, 2022-13:46
And Yes, you are absolutely right - for pieces such as these, it’s mainly the emotions and feelings which constitute the real “value” to us, thus connecting our past & families with our passion.. Also when wearing these “priceless” items, we may re-live p... 

You're in a rather unique position to know the watch your Father . . .

 By: Dr No : June 19th, 2022-17:21
. . . would've wanted for himself, H. My Dad never discussed his preferences, and I suspect most of us similarly never had these discussions with our fathers. Dad's Grandfather was a watchmaker and merchant at the turn of the 20th century; according to Un... 

My dad had many watches..

 By: S F : June 18th, 2022-14:24
with him which he used to gift his business associates/partners during festive seasons. From young, I came across brands that were alien to me then but still vivid, Corum, Rolex, Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Vacheron, Piaget, Omega ....... There are 2 wh...  

Dad gave me a few watches along the way . . .

 By: Dr No : June 19th, 2022-00:06
. . . including this Dulux . . . . . . for Christmas '68. We were in Hong Kong when he bought it for me on Christmas Eve. Memories . . . ...  

Great memories dear Art!!

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-18:27

My father bought this as a gift to himself when I was born.

 By: lm6 : June 18th, 2022-16:12
After he passed away I had it serviced. By pure chance I had it serviced at the same watch shop as my father had had it serviced. They found it in their register. As it turned out the watchmaker that serviced it to me was son of the watchmaker that servic...  

From Father to son . . .

 By: Dr No : June 18th, 2022-21:00
. . . and parallel between merchant and client. Amazing! Thanks much for sharing. Art

What a story & what an elegant dresswatch !

 By: hs111 : June 19th, 2022-09:10
How nice to know that the next generation (Father to son as clients, watchmaker to his son-successor) holds up the flag for this lovely piece ! Thx for your sharing, pleasure to read !.. Cheers !!

Very interesting theme…

 By: KMII : June 19th, 2022-06:49
So here goes. The main piece I got from my dad - or at least the one that I will always cherish most - is the graduation Breitling Aerospace. As for a watch I might give him it could be the Landmaster. He has gotten quite some over the years, mostly space...  

Hello, dear K !.. I like both your choices, and the nice stories connected !

 By: hs111 : June 19th, 2022-08:45
Especially the Breitling Minute Repeater is an attractive piece. Best,

To great choices to answer the Theme dear friend KM!

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-18:35
I’m sure your Dad would like the Seiko so much! Happy Father’s Day! Hagwe! Abel

Our Dads would've had an interesting conversation . . .

 By: Dr No : June 19th, 2022-23:23
. . . about us, no? I can imagine them shaking their heads about how their sons expend so much time, thought, and money over trinkets. 👨‍👦

Happy Father’s Day ! …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 19th, 2022-09:53
Hi Art and friends ! I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. I will be seeing my father today and celebrating Father’s day. For some of us this won’t be possible and I feel very aware of the passage of time slipping through my fingers and missing this op...  

I spent an hour and a half visiting Uncle Steve, Dad's eldest remaining brother, on Friday . . .

 By: Dr No : June 19th, 2022-17:07
. . . afternoon. Steve's the uncle who received a bowl of chili from Carroll Shelby after he upholstered the interior of one of Carroll's cars. They really were the Greatest Generation in my book.

Yep, they certainly were …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 19th, 2022-17:48

How nice Art!! I’m sure both your Uncle and you …

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-18:25
… have enjoyed the visit so much!! Cheers! Abel

Great plan for today’s celebration dear Captain!

 By: Subexplorer : June 19th, 2022-18:24
I wish you and your Dad will enjoy so much. Not having the horological passion is no problem as I feel you have many other things to share together. The Ed Speedy will start a nice conversation I feel! Have a beautiful day!! Cheers! Abel

Thank you Abel …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : June 19th, 2022-18:56
I think you are absolutely right.

Those to oldies belonged to my grandfather, and were passed to me by my father. He never wore them, always his Omega Seamaster.

 By: Bobbe : June 19th, 2022-10:59
My grandfather(’s watches), my mum and me (1 day old) Sunday’s spa treatment🧽🧽 I would give this one to my father❤️ ...  

Remarkable that Grandpa acquired watches from two manufacturers . . .

 By: Dr No : June 19th, 2022-16:48
. . . that are so alike. He knew what he liked, that's for sure!

He certainly did.

 By: Bobbe : June 19th, 2022-17:55