With all this talk ot potential fakes, here are Couple images of my daily watches. I've owned a handul of mechanical watches over the years but I stopped horsetrading a while back. Per my earlier post of the SD/16610, there are a few that I wish I held onto. I now rotate between the GMTIIC and an Omega Seamaster.
The last one I picked up was the GMTIIC in 08. The SS version had just been released the previous year so they were still hard to find. I travel a fair amount so I'd call AD's in all the cities I visited; SF, SD, Manhattan, Chicago, etc. All had wait lists (including my hometown). I got stuck in Syracuse one night in a storm so I called around and found one in an AD's case. He even gave me a 10% discount, which was unheard of for stainless sports models and especially for in-demand models like the new GMT (at the time). I was ecstatic! I wear this most work days and for business travel. Now I don't have to do all that pesky math from the west to east coast .
The Seamaster was the first mechanical watch I bought in 2000, IIRC. I wear it on a NATO style Maratac strap for water duty (we are sea kayak people). It came with the old Bond style bracelet. At the time, they didn't offer it on the current style. I had to trade a guy on TZ for the "Speedy Style" bracelet. He was nice enough to sent it complete with dead skin and arm hair .
The brown strap is an oversized strap from Don Ginsler. I wanted the look of a beefy strap so I bought the 24mm and notched it to fit the 20mm lugs. It's very ghetto but works for me.
The last one is a 1969 Omega Chronostop that my mother bought for my father in 1969. It's a unique single pusher chronograph designed to be worn under the wrist for drivers (not divers).The first push starts the central seconds hand and the second push stops & resets it. I don't wear it much but it means a lot as I got it overhauled as a surprise by Omega (Switzerland) for my Dad and he died not long after. I had to source an OEM clasp which had been lost decades before. He still had the original mesh bracelet and I found a guy via TZ for the original style clasp.
Ad original ad for the watch from the 60's or 70's.
I could use a chronograph so I've been keeping my eye out for a late 90's early 00's IWC 3713 Doppel Chrono. It's comes in at 42mm which I think is manageable. I always loved the "5 link across/beads of rice" bracelet they came with. The new Doppel is just too big for my taste (and more than I want to spend). I sadly sold off an IWC 3706 Flieger Chrono as well as a Sinn 356 Flieger Chrono, both of which I thought too small at the time. I regret not keeping one of those (the IWC stings the most).
I sold off the 16610 as I didn't think I wanted two diver's watches. The Seamaster filled the same slot and was my first mechanical so the SD was sold to fund the GMTIIC. Once my wife stopped working to stay home with our kids, watch collecting took a back seat...however the kids are 9 & 6 now and she just went back to work...
If you made it this far, thanks for reading.