My Watch Story: A Grandfather’s Wish For Success, A Universal Genève Deep In The Swedish Forest, A Seiko At The Birth Of Two Daughters, And More

My Watch Story: A Grandfather’s Wish For Success, A Universal Genève Deep In The Swedish Forest, A Seiko At The Birth Of Two Daughters, And More

Each and every Wednesday, we present a fresh installment of “My Watch Story,” a video series starring HODINKEE readers and their most prized watches. Today, we have five new stories submitted by Will Dean, Mike La Pietra, Miguel Mangoma, Chris Arkfeld, and Guido Muratore.

Feeling inspired, or just discovering this project? Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn how to submit your own video. But first, we hope you enjoy this installment of My Watch Story.

Will Dean And His Universal Genève Polerouter

Originally from the U.K., Will is an author who currently lives off the grid in a Swedish forest. His debut crime novel Dark Pines was a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year in 2018. His grandfather, who grew his own food, not only inspired Will’s lifestyle, but also passed on an appreciation for watches. This Universal Genève, an eBay find a handful of years ago, is his only dress watch – which he says he gets to wear about once a year. He plans on passing it on to his son.


Mike La Pietra And His Rolex GMT-Master II

Originally from Hartsdale, NY, Mike is currently a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as an officer instructor at Naval Base San Diego. He bought this Rolex to commemorate a career milestone: earning his Surface Warfare Officer pin in 2016. Looking down at its GMT hand while deployed on the USS Carney was a reminder of his family back in New York.


Miguel Mangoma And His Rado Purple Horse

Miguel, who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was 11 years old when he noticed this Rado on his grandfather’s wrist. Just over a decade later, his grandfather gifted it to him, both as a celebration of Miguel’s achievements and a wish for his continued success. For Miguel, his grandfather’s watch serves as a reminder to always do his best.


Chris Arkfeld And His Seiko SKX007

Chris is from Colorado Springs, CO, and bought this Seiko SKX007 after reading about it on HODINKEE. It was his gateway into mechanical watches, but it is still the piece that holds the most memories. He was wearing it, in fact, when he held both of his baby girls for the first time.


Guido Muratore And His Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Guido is an engineer from Italy who works in the automotive field. He bought this Omega Seamaster, which he first laid eyes on in 2014, when he got his first job in 2016. He says that it’s the only watch he’ll never sell, and he hopes to pass it on to his children one day.

Ready To Submit Your Own Watch Story? Here’s How It Works

1. Pick one watch that is very special to you, and get your camera phone ready.

2. Record a video telling us your most interesting or meaningful story about your watch. Let’s say 2-3 minutes is the sweet spot – if you go longer, that’s okay. (And please remember to introduce yourself: your name and where you are from.)

3. Get creative, keep it clean, and have fun! 

4. Take some photos on the wrist and a few shots of the watch so that we can proudly display them on our site. Horizontal, please.

5. To share your video and photos, you can either A) upload here; or B) upload to your preferred large file transfer service and send a link to

There is no deadline for submitting your Watch Story; we’ll continue to publish five videos each week for as long as we are receiving entries, so keep them coming! 


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