I still remember the first time I touched a proper watch, a true watch with a heart and not a battery.
I was probably 13 or 14 years old. I found a small dusty wooden box which my mom had from her grand
father. There were three or four very old watches inside...but only one caught my attention, a DOXA
chronograph from the 40’s with a Valjoux 22 caliber. It had a beautiful white dial and blue hands but it
was not working. I started saving every penny I was getting from my parents but I couldn’t use them
because I didn’t know anyone who could repair the watch.
For a while, nothing happened but I kept the box hidden and my dream of trying to repair the watch
I met an older man through a friend. I took the watch to him but there was nothing he could do, there
were no parts available anywhere and there was only one person who could repair it in our town, so the
plan was to try and find the parts from another broken watch and make this one work. By the time we
found the parts a few years later it was already too late.
The first watch that I bought was a Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic day-date with an ETA 2434-2 caliber,
I bought it back in 2012. I was a student so it took me a while to save the money. A year later, I sold
it for a profit and started to buy and sell my watches to be able to get better watches. After I sold the Hamilton for a little more than I bought it,
I added some money and purchased a Mont Blanc 4810 Chronograph with a Valjoux 7750.
To me, the movement of the watch has been all that mattered, I cared about
the aesthetic of the watch but the heart was everything to me, I would always listen to that tick and it
sounded just like a heart beat. 2016 marks the first
time when I purchased my first true watch, a Breitling Colt II with a B-17 caliber based on the ETA
2824-2. I bought it from Timepiece360, who have always given me the best deals and value for my