My hero was Steve McQueen . . .

Jul 06, 2019,16:03 PM

. . . 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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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 li...  

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 moveme...  

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....

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 😉

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 fr...  

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

It is all because of him....

 By: amanico : July 5th, 2019-10:47

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

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. Art

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

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 ;-) . . .

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...

:))) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 6th, 2019-03:36

LOL ! [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-03:50

:) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 6th, 2019-03:52

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 👍🏻

Love the Blancpain! (So, too, your pictures of Sunday morning Paris. So peaceful!) This is honest wear&tear, which I love to see in vintage pieces.

 By: halgedahl : July 7th, 2019-16:51
While NOS can have its charm, nonetheless to see that a watch has actually lived…. That, to me, is exciting. And the strap you have it on… perfection! FH

Two brands

 By: Jurry : July 5th, 2019-09:18
For me there are two brands that ignited the watch fever Rolex: way back when we were married for 12.5 years we bought each other a Rolex Datejust Bicolor. I still have mine and it’s been a true companion. Never broke down never been opened never been ser...  

thanks for sharing this here Jurry...

 By: Izhik : July 6th, 2019-02:22
seems that Rolex is a common trigger for watch collection.... but the story that linked you both to VC is special....was so glad to hear and read that...I just wish you, your wife and family much health and many more watch discoveries to be done....I thin... 

Great story Jurry ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-03:33
I would like to wish both of you but especially your wife good luck and in good health for the future.

Thanks [nt]

 By: Jurry : July 6th, 2019-03:57

Two beautiful watches and a most moving and great story behind Jurry! So nice to read! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

 By: Subexplorer : July 6th, 2019-15:38
I wish you and your wife will keep enjoying these watches in the best of good health and joy! Hagwe! Abel

A hobby shared...

 By: KMII : July 6th, 2019-16:55
Is a wonderful thing. Great story and a fantastic picture 👌🏻

Hello dear friend Izhik!! Great to have you hosting WS this week end!!

 By: Subexplorer : July 5th, 2019-10:59
Always believed that our most cherished watches were those with a good story behind. You show two superb watches with a great story backing them as a nice starting of this thread. I’m sharing two watches. The 16750 GMT I showed with its complete story a c...  

To be relived! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 5th, 2019-12:03

Ah! Yes for sure! :) [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : July 5th, 2019-13:38

Thank you Abel for sharing these two watch biographies with us....

 By: Izhik : July 6th, 2019-02:29
that GMT has such vibrant colors on the bezel, but of course it's history it is what makes it really so always, real stories are associated with emotions, as I believe it is also in this case...indeed a family piece and watch with family root... 

Thanks a lot dear Izhik! It is always my big pleasure to participate and share my wathces and its stories here. Indeed...

 By: Subexplorer : July 6th, 2019-15:27
... These two are very special pieces to me. Glad you like it my friend! Abel

Great story’s Abel and...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-03:38
Your photos are superb as ever. Look after that wonderful GMT Master !

An amazing selection, as always, Abel!

 By: KMII : July 6th, 2019-16:57
Fantastic pieces, too and great stories to go with them 👍🏻

Here is my story of one brand I'm collecting

 By: Jocke - Bad Santa : July 5th, 2019-12:42
After a few visits at Baselworld I got my eyes wide open for a company named Glashütte Original this was in 2005. We was invited to the company and they treat us as the stars we are so we feel at home from day one. Just two regular guys that love watches ...  

thanks Jocke for taking us along with you in this Glashütte journey....

 By: Izhik : July 6th, 2019-02:51
things are always better understood with the appropriate background, and that's very true when we realize how our affinities for particular watch brands were and are still evolving... I must say, some magnificent photos here....I looove that lume of the S... 

Great post Jocke ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-03:46
I think it gives us a good sense of your passion for the GO watches and some great photos 🍻

Thank you so much Jocke for sharing your story and relation with this superb brand. Regarding your pictures...

 By: Subexplorer : July 6th, 2019-15:43
... What to say. You always let me speechless viewing the perfection of lightining, focus, angles and props you present in every shot! Perfection!! Hagwe! Abel

It’s great having your whole GO journey recreated, Jocke!

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:23
Thanks so much for the story and the superb pictures accompanying it 👌🏻👍🏻

As you may have read, dear Jocke, I, too love the GO aesthetic. But whereas the PML may have been a bit delicate, the Senator Observer feels just right!

 By: halgedahl : July 7th, 2019-17:06
So serious a timepiece! Were one to land on my wrist, all resolve would vanish. I feel your pain! Great contribution, and so interesting to hear this story of your long relationship with GO! (Such a fan of your photography… Please kee it coming!) FH

Making some stories tonight...

 By: jporos : July 5th, 2019-17:58
ELO in Atlanta tonight! HAGWE! ...  

Always been very partial to the MIH...

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:26
Looking forward to hearing what stories emerged 😊

Hello from Phuket.

 By: fernando : July 5th, 2019-18:35
My only watch for the holidays. Has served me well so far. HAGWE! Fernando ...  

;) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 5th, 2019-23:58

I like your Omega...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-03:49
I think it’s my current favourite Seamaster.

Thanks! [nt]

 By: fernando : July 6th, 2019-05:00

Thank you! [nt]

 By: fernando : July 6th, 2019-05:00

Great watch Fernando! Nothing else needed for your trip to Phuket when speaking of watches. Waterproof and tough timepiece ...

 By: Subexplorer : July 6th, 2019-15:49
... Will stand the rough treatment of traveling by plane, going to the beach or submerge in the sea. A classic model in an aggiornated face lift which makes it look more modern but with the timeless style of its origins. I love this watch! Enjoy your vaca... 

You are right Abel and I hardly notice it's there.

 By: fernando : July 6th, 2019-18:40
It can take the good with the bad and seemingly no worse for wear. Thank you for the kind words amigo.

Me big pleasure Fernando! A favorite watch of mine too...

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-06:54
... you have a peace of mind with it on your wrist!! Great choice and beautiful watch! Keep enjoying! Cheers! Abel

Good call, Fernando! . . .

 By: Dr No : July 7th, 2019-00:48
. . . glad to see Ω won out ;-) . . .

This might well become my second Omega...

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:27
Really like the material combination and the lack of date 👌🏻

Absolutely worth considering!

 By: fernando : July 7th, 2019-07:26

Thank you FH! [nt]

 By: fernando : July 7th, 2019-22:40

Jaeger Lecoultre is among my top 3 brand

 By: Tyo : July 6th, 2019-05:32
I’ve been lucky enough to collect some of them, and could find NOS some model I couldn’t afford when they were released being at that time a student The Reverso Rouge wasn’t NOS but almost ...  


 By: Tyo : July 6th, 2019-15:04
My main concern is I don’t appreciate that much the new line. They are bigger than before and I don’t like that. I wanted the WT Geophysic but way too big for me .

Beautiful watches Tyo and great shots! The DSA Europe is a model I would love to have in my collection. Of course I love the other two...

 By: Subexplorer : July 6th, 2019-15:53
... And as a matter of fact I own them and enjoy so much. Great shots! I am specially fond of the b&w shots. I am happy you could catch them in such a superb condition ! Hagwe! Abel

That’s true my friend!! This one has been elusive to me!!

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-06:49
may be some day I’m lucky!! Cheers!! Abel El Dexter

Ha ha ha!! True! But sometimes greedyness needs...

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-06:57
... the help of Lady Luck!! Cheers!! Abel

Fantastic trio you have there!

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:28
And luckily the times still allowed for picking them up afterwards 😊👍🏻

Your 'Blanc Pain' story recalled memories of a

 By: halkcb : July 6th, 2019-07:15
fairly similar story of my acquisition of my BP. It took place after a rather liquid lunch on New Year's day 2005,when i decided to visit the nearby AD who had the watch on display for about a year. After a short session of trying a few pieces and banteri...  

Thanks [nt]

 By: halkcb : July 6th, 2019-15:49

almost a soulmate watch...thanks for sharing your BP story here Henry...

 By: Izhik : July 6th, 2019-11:10
very nice piece, have a great weekend as well....

Great to see that you still have it Henry.

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 6th, 2019-13:08
Keep enjoying it !

Thank you [nt]

 By: halkcb : July 6th, 2019-15:55

Thank you so much Halkcb!! Glad to know you have read it! Yes ...

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-06:52
... it was quite an horological adventure!! Cheers! Abel

BP is strong on stories this week it seems 😊

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:29
Another great piece 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

Yep! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-06:31

Henry: Please give a more exact description of that New Year's spirit so that I can imbibe some the next time I visit a Blancpain AD! Something needs to weaken my

 By: halgedahl : July 8th, 2019-06:50
resolve to save money for my dotage! Beautiful watch. I'm sure this crosses your mind every time you strap it on. Bravo! FH

Gosh, I've told my watch stories so often . . .

 By: Dr No : July 6th, 2019-16:46
. . . that everyone must be tired of them. The best of them, though, pale in significance to the friendships we've made on this site. I treasure each and every one of the friends found here, and sure the same goes for all of us. One happens to be an infre...  

Wow Art! This is a most wonderful story my friend! Not of watches agree with an strong connection with this Place about watches and the marvellous ...

 By: Subexplorer : July 6th, 2019-17:31
... People we get to know thanks to it. I enjoyed so much reading and I am sure these cues will remind this story and a good friend behind them forever! Cheers! Abel

Your Australian friend wouldn’t be a nun, by any chance?

 By: NickO : July 6th, 2019-19:46
That’s definitely one infrequent poster I wish we’d see more often around here. NickO

Yes it is! (missed your penultimate sentence)

 By: NickO : July 6th, 2019-20:34
Now tell that Aussie he’s missed by many around here and needs to start posting again. Honestly, Australians. NickO


 By: pplater : July 7th, 2019-08:37
Honestly! ;-) Cheers, pplater.

thanks Art for sharing this here...

 By: Izhik : July 7th, 2019-01:31
of course, although this story is not about watches, but it's about the community and friendships created within, through the watches, and that may be all about it, isn't so?..... thanks again, y

Great story Art ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-04:36
Simply wonderful and perfectly illustrates the bond within our community.

(Not blushing; sunburn!)...

 By: pplater : July 7th, 2019-08:41
Thanks, Art, for those very generous sentiments. And for being Art. Cheers, pplater.

Dear Art, you are, of course, right on the mark: the human connections made here easily eclipse the technical marvels we all celebrate. What a terrific story!

 By: halgedahl : July 8th, 2019-06:54
We'll all be waiting for the final pictures of the cue. And one thing about your stories, perhaps many times told. Some of us are relative newcomers and will enjoy them for a first time! Don't hold back! Have a fine week. FH

Two fantastic stories, Izhik!

 By: KMII : July 6th, 2019-16:48
Both the IWC and the Blancpain ones! And a fabulous WS theme as well 👍🏻

My GO story

 By: Jari from Finland : July 7th, 2019-00:31
I have been interested in watches about thirty years. When I became interested in them there were no internet, no watch magazines or not even many friends who would have shared this same passion. There are lots of great brands with nice models that I like...  

Thanks Jari for sharing your background for the association with GO....

 By: Izhik : July 7th, 2019-01:19
that's an example for exactly what I was hoping to see and read, why we are personally attracted to particular brands....very nice photos and great dial on this Panorama Date Seventies, especially the last photo, y

This is certainly one I need to give another try...

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:35
Thanks for the GO story and some very appealing pictures of the Seventies 👍🏻

Thank you for sharing your story with GO Jari!!

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-08:52
And these nice shots of your beauty! Yes, its difficult to stay away from our dangerous influencers here! Lol! Hagwe! Abel

Wonderful, Jari! And what a country you come from! Where is this beautiful lake? I have an old frined who lives just a block or so from Sibelius' home outside Helsinki.

 By: halgedahl : July 8th, 2019-07:01
But to your watch… I love this model, and was anxious to try one during the Topper visit I describe in this thread. But, Oh! It looked terrible on me! And I thought that pano date would be so great to have. Ah, well… Another watch will pop up. But I agree... 

There are many lakes in Finland

 By: Jari from Finland : July 11th, 2019-09:13
As a matter of fact the amount of lakes and ponds is more than 188 000 even if the country is only 338 000 square kilometer large. There are in the middle of Finland long ways to drive on the road seeing beautiful lakes and landscapes around of you. The l... 

Constant Companion ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-02:35
I’m sure that we all have one watch in our collection that for some inexplainable reason just fits our life as well as our wrist. For me it’s this the watch in the photograph. Its like an old friend to me, we’ve been through some highs and lows, traveled ...  

Thank you Nicolas...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-02:50
I completely agree, It blends classic and contemporary design to perfection .

Thank you ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-04:13
It’s a very personal bond.

Now I take it the wild nights never got recorded? 😉

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:37
Great shot and I can certainly see how the watch would be a great companion 👍🏻

Excellent question....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-06:01
Being a Nautilus it’s impervious to Champagne and other substances ) ... As for photos, it’s somewhere amongst friends ! ...  

Lol! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-08:56

Great companion for life you choose dear Captain!!

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-08:54
That’s truly living the watch dream!! All the best my friend! Hagwe! Abel

Well… Captain, my captain… Were my pockets so deep, there would be a Nautilus on my wrist. My favorite Patek. Though I might choose the 5712 because of the

 By: halgedahl : July 8th, 2019-07:07
moonphase and the slightly funky asymmetry of the dial. Of course Nicolas is right, this uncluttered chronograph is classy. "Enjoy the hell out of it," as we Midwesterners say. And thanks for sharing! FH

A tale of two brothers

 By: VinnieD : July 7th, 2019-03:04
Well, I believe that all the watches that are real keepers do have a strong stories behind them. Here is mine: When my great grand father celebrated his golden anniversary in the 70s, he gifted a Patek 2573j to each of his two sons. A while later, those t...  

Great story of two watches...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-03:12
You definitely made the best choice if you had to sell one. If ever you have it restored make sure you ask Patek to handle it in Geneva.

It is actually not that bad - I like it the way it is

 By: VinnieD : July 7th, 2019-03:14
Wabi sabi and all Imperfection creates a stronger bond

I completely agree...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-03:15
personally I wouldn’t have it touched unless it was to conserve it in some way.

this what I will call not only watch story, but also watch history....

 By: Izhik : July 7th, 2019-04:07
thanks a lot for sharing those watch biographies here....yes, each watch has or will have it's story... greetings, y

This is a truly amazing story 👌🏻

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:39
Thanks for sharing it! I wonder if the two will get reunited again 😉

Great story Vinnie!! Enjoyed so much readig it!!

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-08:59
Thank you for sharing! Hagwe! Abel

I will unfortunately need to make this short...

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-05:47
Both children are not amused, since I will be away the whole next week, so an executive summary will be all. The first is probably well known to most here - and it’s about how I got here in the first place. We just got our first child and my wife insisted...  

short, but very definive...

 By: Izhik : July 7th, 2019-05:54
thanks for those two entries and the history of both watches...I was now aware on the Chopard story, but it's great that it combines the arrival of a child with your history at WatchProsite...great story and I like also the GS story...both watches look pe... 

I love the combination...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 7th, 2019-06:10
In many ways they are totally different choices but they make a great pair.

Cool, K! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 7th, 2019-06:33

👍🏻 [nt]

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-19:17

Teo great estches and to nice stories behind my dear friend KM!

 By: Subexplorer : July 7th, 2019-09:11
Confirming that our best watches are those with nice stories! Cheers! Abel

As you know, dear moderator, the point is not length, but merely to participate! And what a great "suggestion" this Chopard. Love those hands (very important to me)!

 By: halgedahl : July 8th, 2019-07:18
I'll have to look it up for dimensions. The sloping chapter ring is attractive, as well. And the whole "gestalt" is "solid," "tool." A fine design, even if the date intrudes. Have a great ( and safe) trip! FH

This is a story of a watch I never thought I’d be interested in.

 By: halgedahl : July 7th, 2019-07:50
I did not enter the world of watches to find an “only” watch. In my reading of forum posts I did run across the occasional fellow who would speak with great reverence about the watch that he had found. And while I could see a certain advantage to feeling ...  

Oh lala....that's excatly what I had in my mind....

 By: Izhik : July 7th, 2019-08:27
watches life stories....almost closing the thread and good things coming in... what did we have here...???, background, food, Schubert, András Schiff....all good components.... thanks for joining in...y

Fred, well done and well told!

 By: cazalea : July 7th, 2019-08:34
I don’t have time now to tell the whole story but I had almost the exact same experience with my Royal Oak. Cazalea ...  

Wonderful shot...

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-19:27
And knowing you, we will find out about the story at some point 😉👍🏻

Have you considered a second career . . .

 By: Dr No : July 7th, 2019-09:10
. . . as television narrator?

Good post!

 By: MichaelC : July 7th, 2019-10:49
I'm not yet sure on the Submariner, but as you identified, the watch did move me. I have tried or experienced many watches over the years, it is "special" when that feeling comes along.

Really, my story was inspired by your post, and I began a response to you. Then this opportunity presented itself and I thought, "What the hell, I'll really tell the

 By: halgedahl : July 8th, 2019-07:28
story." In any event, now you know that I really do know that feeling of surprise and amazement. You can't really go wrong between the two. The Daytona will always have a greater resale value, I suppose. But I wouldn't let that influence me very much. Goo... 

What a great story!

 By: KMII : July 7th, 2019-19:26
Thanks for taking the time sharing this with us - and I really hear you 😊 Glad you finally found the watch you were looking for, even if it was not the one you were looking at 👍🏻

You know… I go back and forth about that. But I really prefet the long, slender hands of the model I chose. The time is instantly recognizable,

 By: halgedahl : July 8th, 2019-07:31
and they hardly block the chrono registers at all. Appreciate the opportunity to share this story! Have a fine week. FH