WS for Friday January 10th. Theme: One Watch, One Milestone" is Open Now!!

Jan 10, 2020,04:10 AM

Hello dear Friends!

Watches are a very personal and intimate object that human beings treasure so much wether we are passionate collectors or just traditional watch users..

An special watch is usually chosen to celebrate a personal milestone in our lives: a marriage, a child birth, a birthday, a job promotion, a retirement are occasions which led us to the purchase of a nice watch (or to receive one as a present) to mark the event forever.

It doesn´t matter the brand, model or the monetary cost of that watch. That timepiece will remind us our milestone each time we wear or view it on our wrist, and will bring joy and fond memories of places and people around the event which brought that watch to our home and to our heart.

Theme is "One Watch, One Milestone" and the challenge is to show a watch and tell us in a few words which is the Milestone which it celebrates.

You may post in this same thread now!

Enjoy this WS edition so much and have a wonderful week end dear friends!



As in every WS edition you may participate posting pictures in any category or in the three categories:

Best Static shot

Best Wrist shot

Best Watch of the Week    (to be chosen by your host among all watches shown in the thread)

My pictures:

My  Ref 17000 Rolex Datejust Quartz was bought in Geneve in 1983 celebrating my first trip to Europe. In those years I never dreamed with becaming a watch collector some day.

My Explorer ref 114270 was a self present celebrating my 60th birthday (2008) and my "official" start as a watch collector.

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Great shots of your Rolex dear Abel...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 10th, 2020-05:01
The Explorer is a personal favourite and an timeless design. In fact in many ways it’s possibly the perfect watch to own.

Thank you so much dear Captain for your kind comments! Absolutely agree with your thoughts about the Explorer I. As a matter of fact...

 By: Subexplorer : January 10th, 2020-05:08
... this is my go to watch: tough and reliable as all Rolex watches and under the radar and a watch sporty but elegant enough for more formal occasions. It is a perfect watch indeed. Look forward to view your Milestone watch my dear friend! Cheers! Abel.

My first real watch

 By: brauner : January 10th, 2020-05:12
The beginning of a row. A milestone itself. ...  

Thanks a lot [nt]

 By: brauner : January 10th, 2020-08:19

My big pleasure Brauner! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : January 10th, 2020-12:14

That’s a good starting point !....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-03:44
If only you had known what it would lead to 😉

If you make the first

 By: brauner : January 11th, 2020-09:24
there will come the next. We all know this point of no return. 😁

🥴 [nt]

 By: brauner : January 11th, 2020-09:23

Ha ha ha! Thank you Nicolas!! Well actually I declare year 2008 was the start of my Horological Madness because I bought myself that Explorer 114270 for my 60th birthday...

 By: Subexplorer : January 10th, 2020-11:08
... on that year and the fact I also received a large book about Rolex History as a b-day present which added fuel to the watch illness I cought. By 2008 I already had a little gathering of watches, about a dozen of them which included three Rolex an vari... 


 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-03:49
Haha .. You just used the perfect word !

Virus horologicus [nt]

 By: brauner : January 11th, 2020-09:34

My special watch...

 By: kev09 : January 10th, 2020-07:35 this Rolex Explorer 1016. It was my first new “proper” watch and bought in 1986 after a long (oh so long!) period of saving up. Finally, it was mine and I can still remember the great feeling of walking out of the shop with it on my wrist. It became...  

Wonderful! [nt]

 By: Mary Anny : January 10th, 2020-08:14

Absolutely. [nt]

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-09:43

Great that you passed it on to your son.

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-03:50
And I like your photo 👌

My most treasured watch.

 By: Catulle : January 10th, 2020-07:58
I was going to school in Paris in the early seventies. Final exams were approaching, I felt pressured to do well, hectic times, I could not miss the exams schedule. I didn’t have a watch. I hardly had any money. It was a different era. Walking by Châtelet...  

👍 [nt]

 By: Catulle : January 10th, 2020-08:26

Cool story! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-09:17

Wow Catulle!! That´s a beautiful little watch with a wonderful story behind! If you hadn´t written its price in letters I would have thoight it was a typo error! 4 dollars?

 By: Subexplorer : January 10th, 2020-11:54
Look at that dial and indexes! Fantastic! A milestone watch well worth the economic sacrifice you were forced to do to buy it! Well done! Hagwe! Abel

Great memories....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-03:52
And a good investment at $4 !

Absolutely agree Captain! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-03:55

A second entry, if I may.

 By: Catulle : January 10th, 2020-08:06
My mother gave me a watch for my first job. Such wonderful watch. I wore it with pride. An automatic watch with date, amazing. Every morning I’d strap it to my wrist and feel like the most accomplished professional. I keep it in a special box with my Besa...  

Nice classic GP...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-03:54
With special sentiment.

The last, I promise.

 By: Catulle : January 10th, 2020-08:10
The first expensive watch I bought. Used it for many years at work, hunting, fishing, diving, riding motorcycles... After many years of use and abuse I sent it to Rolex NY and had it back looking and functioning like the first day. It is now enjoying a we...  

Oh, rhe 114270!

 By: Mary Anny : January 10th, 2020-08:12
I should have bought it in 1999! Next decade, for my sixtieth anniversary, perhaps. Hope they'll go back to 36mm. Thanks for reminding me that, Abel. Simone

Thank you for your kind comments Simone! I also prefer the 36 mm old version. The present one at 39 mm is not bad and follows the trend to bigger watches...

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-03:39
... but I feel the 36 mm is better balanced design and very classic. I' m sure you can find a pre owned in excellent condition if you hunt it. I love this watch. Hagwe! Abel

Now you make me think... Since yesterday. ;) So... I would mention two watches.

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-09:15
1/ A Rolex GMT MASTER, the one which started it all, my madness for watches, my first real watch. Sadly I sold it, to fund another one. So I will post the older in my collection, one bought in 2007. And the Patek 5110P, my first Patek, in 2004, for my soo...  

That GMT is something else. The case is so much more comfortable and better looking that the modern ones.

 By: Catulle : January 10th, 2020-09:27
Regarding the 5110, even after so many nasty experiences with PP, I regret selling my red gold 5110. Great size. 👍👍👍

Not a bad choice! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-10:05

Excellent choice ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-03:59
It’s a great watch on your wrist.

Thank you. 👍 [nt]

 By: Catulle : January 11th, 2020-05:47

Great watch for sure!! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-03:55

Count me in ☝️ [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:00

:))) [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-04:16

I think it is made of the Gibeon Meteorite

 By: brauner : January 11th, 2020-09:42
which came down in Namibia. Nice story behind and good for some imagination.🌠

Two superb Milestones dear Nicolas: a first "real watch" and another which will always be related to your daughters birth. No need to tell you how much I love both...

 By: Subexplorer : January 10th, 2020-12:06
... and specially the 5110: the King of World Timers! Preciosas fotos como siempre amigo mio! Buen fin de semana y un fuerte abrazo! Abel

Gracias Catuille!! Abrazos! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : January 10th, 2020-12:58

😂😂😂✌🏼 [nt]

 By: Catulle : January 10th, 2020-19:22

;) [nt]

 By: amanico : January 11th, 2020-00:09

Ha ha ha!! :))) [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-09:12

Two great watches, with great sentiment....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:13
And your Patek was a superb way to celebrate your daughters birth. Keep enjoying the memories it in good health.

Thanks, Cpt. [nt]

 By: amanico : January 11th, 2020-06:34

My pleasure dear friend [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-07:54

Great theme dear Abel

 By: Watchonthewrist : January 10th, 2020-12:22
A watch that means so much for me is my Christiaan vd Klaauw Mondial. I ordered the watch almost 17 years ago when my wife was pregnant and when it was ready my daughter was born so i asked mr Christiaan vd Klaauw if he could engrave the name and date of ...  

Hello dear friend Watchonthewrist!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful Milestone Watch! Easy to understand it is a keeper for life! This charming treatment by a maker is truly...

 By: Subexplorer : January 10th, 2020-13:04
... delightful and makes an special watch like this, bought in such an important event even more special. Additional to reminding the joy and blessing of your daughter birth, it marks the start of your love for independent watchmakers work! Well played my... 

Superb and original! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-15:11

Beautiful watch...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:15
I love the fact that you had the rotor engraved.

Beautiful. My vintage say hi.

 By: Watchlover78 : January 10th, 2020-14:08

A timeless one! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-15:11

Classic Rolex 👌 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:15

Bought for a milestone birthday...

 By: RabidManatee : January 10th, 2020-14:12
... and I celebrated yet another birthday just a day ago! My 114270 says hello Unfortunately I just heard that one of my favorite musicians is no longer with us. Rest in peace, Mr. Peart. ...  

Merci! [nt]

 By: RabidManatee : January 10th, 2020-15:32

Happy Birthday Rabid Manatee and thank you so much for sharing your Milestone Explorer. You know it is also a milestone watch for me. A wonderful watch!

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-03:58
You show it in an unusual angle indeed. The case is beautiful no matter the angle you view it! Hagwe! Abel

The Explorer is a great choice....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:17
And a nice tribute to Mr Peart 👌

Thank you Cpt Scarlet and Subexplorer. One of the things l like about my/our/the older Explorers and DateJusts is the shape of the Oyster case.

 By: RabidManatee : January 11th, 2020-10:01
I really like the curve on the side. And thank you also for the birthday wishes. Here's a better angle of the watch (although I'm sure you know what it looks like). ...  

Great shot! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 11th, 2020-10:02

Thanks! [nt]

 By: RabidManatee : January 11th, 2020-10:04

Thank you for this new stunning shot Rabid Manatee! Agree. I feel that the 36 mm case has the precise proportions and makes for those more streamlined shape and contours...

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-19:31
... which iare somehow lost when the case was augmented to 39 mm. Not to say I don´t like the bigger new model, just prefer the older 36 mm for that reason. Keep enjoying and loving your Explorer! Cheers! Abel

Great photo 👍 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 12th, 2020-03:08


 By: Chromatic Fugue : January 10th, 2020-14:17
When I found out I won a big court case in 2006, I felt such a surge of euphoria that I immediately left the office to do something I'd never done before: buy a "nice watch." I did no research of any kind, and I knew nothing about watches. The closest wat...  

Didn't know this one! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-15:07

Yep ....

 By: Chromatic Fugue : January 10th, 2020-15:23
Not one of my more astute purchases. When I traded it for the Explorer, I got pennies on the dollar.

We all have to start somewhere....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:20
And at least you have the memories of enjoying this watch.

Chromatic Fugue: This is a wonderful story behind your Milestone Connie!! Even if you later traded for the Explorer, both watches will be forever connected with that event which led you to buy...

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-03:48
... your first watch and provoqued you to move into the world of timepieces! Well done! Thank you so much for sharing! Hagwe! Abel

Definitely. Lucky you! [nt]

 By: amanico : January 10th, 2020-16:48

I haven’t meet your wife...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:21
But I like her style 😉

Dear Abel...

 By: S F : January 10th, 2020-20:58
While I do not celebrate an occasion/milestone with a watch or anything, I do count 2 watches marking different "milestone" for me in this hobby. Cheers! Modern - The JLC Sun Moon, my first serious modern watch. Vintage - And my first vintage GMTM which o...  

Absolutely agree! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-03:45

Yes. Agreed. [nt]

 By: amanico : January 11th, 2020-06:32

😉 [nt]

 By: S F : January 11th, 2020-04:44

A good start Abel!

 By: fernando : January 11th, 2020-00:07
Wearing this one today, so might as well take some pics. This one was picked up at an airport last year while I had some free time to browse the shops. An early birthday present for myself was the justification. HAGWE! fernando ...  

Yes they are!

 By: fernando : January 11th, 2020-00:16
This was the second time at the same shop. First was the Railmaster. ...  

Nicolas is right Fernando! Airports are a dangerous place indeed, specially if you have to wait long for your next flight and find an area with many watch boutiques! Lol!

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-03:41
The Trilogy was a great offering from Omega: three wonderful re editions of their most classic watches. Hagwe! Abel

Thank you Abel. HAGWE! [nt]

 By: fernando : January 11th, 2020-18:19

That Speedmaster looks very cool on your wrist...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-04:25
Good choice 👍

Thanks so much! [nt]

 By: fernando : January 11th, 2020-18:20

Mile Stones ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-05:28
There have been many and in the “early days” buying my first Rolex to have on my wrist every day was a mile stone in itself. That watch departed long ago, one of the very few that I let go. I wore this vintage Patek Philippe on my Wedding day and will che...  

Thank you dear Abel...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-05:47
Enjoy your weekend and thank you for being a great host.

Life is so rich with events and discovery, some sweet and some sour, but being happily married is one of life’s most generous gifts.

 By: Catulle : January 11th, 2020-06:11
Please hold on to that watch dearly, and thank the stars for your mate and ally in making the most of this fleeting life. Congratulations.

Thank you 🙏 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-07:54

The watch I bought when I earned Full Professor

 By: jporos : January 11th, 2020-06:52
and I reached twenty years with my University. HAGWE! ...  

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Milestone Watch John!!...

 By: Subexplorer : January 11th, 2020-09:15
... I feel this is a true keeper for you! Hagwe! Abel

A good reason to reward yourself.

 By: brauner : January 11th, 2020-09:31
And a right watch.

I don't believe there are any in my collection that qualify as personal milestones . . .

 By: Dr No : January 11th, 2020-11:51
. . . but there's one that was a fulfillment . . . . . . for the original owner. ;-) ...  

I believe the box Worshipful Anderson was being presented . . .

 By: Dr No : January 11th, 2020-12:02
. . . carried something else, Nicolas - if memory serves correct, it was silverware. The photo was taken in March '58, so the watch on his wrist is not the Seamaster. He was, though, elected Master of all Masons in California the same week I was born. The... 

14 years of lust, wanting and dreaming finally came true Monday...

 By: Tim Jackson : January 11th, 2020-14:50
Having met John & Stephen in Dublin, June 2006 through a mutual friend, Peter Speake-Marin and witnessed the very first McGonigle watch, their Tourbillon, it's been a goal to one day some how acquire one of their watches. For many, many years, the outlook...  

Thank you Nico! [nt]

 By: Tim Jackson : January 11th, 2020-15:44

Huge Congrats my friend.

 By: Watchonthewrist : January 12th, 2020-00:30
Thats is for sure a great milestone. So glad i had the chance to see one in person a few months ago (probably the same member you where talking about ) its such a amazing and stunning watch thats high on my wishlist too . Wear it in best of health.

The term gets thrown around a lot, and it's even my alias around here, but...

 By: Brandon Skinner : January 12th, 2020-12:28
THAT is truly my "grail"! I'm so happy it's yours now.

Thank you 🙏 !

 By: Tim Jackson : January 12th, 2020-22:38
Appreciate your friendship and excitement for Independent Watchmaker’s work. Cheers! Tim

The sporting life...

 By: Catulle : January 11th, 2020-18:43


 By: KamalRostov : January 11th, 2020-18:58
I had this 5164 in advance for my supposedly retirement. And this WG Daytona to mark my actual retirement! So technically, two watches to mark a milestone. I’m not complaining though... 😊 ...  

Im guessing, they can no longer afford me! 😜

 By: KamalRostov : January 12th, 2020-15:10
Have a good week ahead Nico.

1 Date, 2 Milestones, 8 Watches

 By: Jurry : January 12th, 2020-02:26
I’ve taken the liberty of changing your “one watch one milestone” into “1 date, 2 milestones, 8 watches” And there is very special reason for that. 1 DATE August 2017 2 MILESTONES We learned that my wife was for one year free of cancer whilst year before ... 

Dear Jurry: I was deeply moved to read about your Milestone Watches. They truly mark two Milestones in your life and in the life of your beloved Family.

 By: Subexplorer : January 12th, 2020-04:48
By some reason I can´t view the picture. Will you please try it again to post it? I´m happy for you my friend and I wish the Lord will bring much Good Health and joy for all of you after that Milestone date in August 2017 and in the present and future. Wi... 

Thank you my friend

 By: Jurry : January 12th, 2020-04:53
Your words mean a lot to me and are very much appreciated. Hope we’ll meet one day for real

Ahh thank you dear Jurry! I can view your pictures now! Those are all beautiful and great watches and with a great meaning behind! True Milestone Watches!!

 By: Subexplorer : January 12th, 2020-05:58
I wish all owners of them will keep enjoying them so much and in the best of good health! Cheers! Abel