My Watch Story: Wearing The Watch Of A Hero, Reviving An Old Heuer, The Sound Of A Rolex Bracelet, And More

My Watch Story: Wearing The Watch Of A Hero, Reviving An Old Heuer, The Sound Of A Rolex Bracelet, 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 Tjodi Van Elk, Marshall Sutcliffe, Wilson Bruno Bunga, Will Thomas, and Salem Al-Mutawa.

Already sent your video, and don’t see it here? Fear not – it’s likely to appear here in the weeks to come. Due to the large volume and quality of submissions, we are happy to announce that we will be presenting five more videos each week going forward.

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.

Tjodi Van Elk And Her Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Tjodi, a sound technician in the Netherlands, wanted to buy a Rolex because of the sound of its bracelet. When she went to Schaap en Citroen Jewelers in her hometown of Utrecht and tried on this Oyster Perpetual with “red grape” dial, she knew right away it was the one.


Marshall Sutcliffe And His Heuer Autavia

A native of Seattle, WA, Marshall bought this “non-working” 2446C chronograph on eBay. While initially it wouldn’t wind, he cleaned it up and got it working again – and the experience inspired him to get into watchmaking, and especially the process of fixing up old watches.


Wilson Bruno Bunga And His Danish Design Watch

Originally from Angola, Wilson moved to The Netherlands as a young boy. On a watch buying expedition with his friend Junior, he had his eyes on this Danish Design watch – but it was Junior who ended up buying it. Decades later, when they reconnected in Angola, Junior still had that very watch, which he took off his wrist and gave to Wilson.


Will Thomas And His Doxa ‘Diving With Legends’ Sub 1200T

Will lives in St. Louis, MO, and is the proud owner of this Doxa Sub 1200T. It’s special to him because his father designed the cover image for the Doxa Diving With Legends book; that same image also appears on the watch – a limited edition of 99 that Doxa produced to commemorate the launch of the book.

Salem Al-Mutawa And His Roamer Power 8 Chronograph

Salem, who is from Kuwait, had a professor in college who changed his life. That professor wore a watch that Salem couldn’t identify – and was too shy to ask about. Years later, after a friend was able to identify the watch, Salem found it on eBay. While it’s not his most expensive piece, he says it means so much to him to be able to wear the same watch as that professor he admired.


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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