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Originally Posted by DerekS
^^wow. i just buy whatever watch gets my dick hard that day.
great stuff.....its nice being able to tie in a meaning to each watch.
Originally Posted by Keith T
Slow clap for Cylon. NOT boring.
Originally Posted by no frills
This has got to be one of the most honest, least boring posts in this thread. Love it. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on these milestones!
Thanks guys! I guess I was a little hesitant sharing personal information and feared it was out of place, but I'm glad yall enjoyed it!
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Originally Posted by Newcomer
Brief question Cylon:I did not really recognize that you put such a large amount of thought into each watch. I guess my question is a "what came first, the chicken or the egg" one. When you bought the Speedy, was it the rugged Americanism that propelled you to get it, or is it through the benefit of hindsight that you realize what caused you to gravitate towards it?
I guess in response to your question, I just like the best of certain 'categories.' I am not saying that these categories make sense generally, but they make sense to me. As far as steel sports chronographs go, the Speedy is my favorite. Above the Daytona in my eyes. As far as I am concerned, the Speedy is the best in that category. Now lets turn to the JLC MUT Moon. I think this is the "best" in its category that I have delineated--a dress watch with a moonphase. That is what eventually steered me away from the GO PML. It was merely a placeholder in my eyes to a Lange 1 with moonphase.
That is one of the reasons I sold my Master Control. I loved it, but I wished it was a VC Patrimony. And if I got a VC Patrimony, the MC would have been sold.
Another example: I put AP RO, Nautilus, Daytona, Overseas, and the Ingy in a category.
This is one of the reasons I did not really care for the new Master Calendar. Is it beautiful? Yes. But I would always look at it and wish it was a Patek Annual Calendar.
And I definitely take this approach to many things in life.
My blue suede Alden penny loafers--I would not replace those with anything, there is no 'upgrade' in my eyes. On the other hand, if I was to buy some brown semi-brogues, I would be getting something from EG or G&G.
It is not the originality element that gets me, it is the staying power I guess.
When my wife got pregnant my thinking was along similar lines as the wedding (buy something nice to commemorate an event), but when we found out it was a boy, thinking evolved beyond simply commemorative into something I could actually give to him one day (i.e. for inheritance/posterity). I knew I wanted something a) different than a dress watch (already had a good one), and b) something masculine as it spoke to the notion of fatherhood as I've said, and c) history as this was for posterity! Now many watches can fit the bill (Rolex sub/GMT/explorer, AP RO for example all meet these criteria), but somewhere along the way I became quite pleased with the idea of having two "moon" watches, albeit ones with very different understandings of that term. This sort of internal consistency within my collection made me lean hard in the direction of the SMP. Add to this the deeper "identity" connection and I was sold. Honestly I cant even remember when it dawned on me that the Speedy Pro was the best symbol of good ol' USA in terms of horology because lets be honest I wouldnt have been happy with an RGM or a Hamilton, or even IWC to carry that load.
Without that symbolism, that poetry, I don't think I would have been able to pull the trigger. As Dino is fond of saying, its often the search rather than the purchase/ownership that is most enjoyable. I completely agree.
In short, I don't think the SMP screams 'murica, and it wasn't hindsight because I wouldn't have pulled the trigger until I was comfortable with my purchase.