Each and every Wednesday, we present a fresh installment of “My Watch Story,” a video series starring HODINKEE readers and their most prized watches. The submissions continue to stream in, and we couldn’t be happier to share them with the watch community. Today, we have five new stories submitted by Levon Shant Ekmekjian, Howie Woiwod, George Kidwell, Ibrahim Chowdhury, and Nicholas Delaney.
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.
Levon Shant Ekmekjian And His Swatch Chronograph
Levon, a descendent of survivors of the Armenian genocide, was born in Aleppo, Syria. His mother bought him this Swatch chronograph when they were escaping the Syrian Civil War, replacing a watch from his father that had been stolen. He’s been wearing it for almost a decade – through deportations and refugee camps – and it shows its wear. Currently, he’s an English and communications major at the American University of Armenia, and he looks forward to creating happier memories with his Swatch on his wrist.
Howie Woiwod And His Gruen Airflight
When Howie, a watchmaker in Vancouver, was in watchmaking school, a fellow student brought in a box of miscellaneous watches and movements for the taking. Howie grabbed a bunch of pieces, and when he went through them again recently, found that he had a Gruen Airflight movement. After searching, he was able to find an unused display Airflight to house the movement – and is now the proud owner of a practically new Gruen Airflight.
George Kidwell And His TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph
When George, who is from the UK, was 12, he went on vacation with his parents. He saw a TAG Heuer Formula 1 at the airport and fell immediately in love – but didn’t have the means to buy it. But he never forgot it; six years later, when he got his first job, he still wanted it – and found a used version online. He still remembers the feeling of accomplishment when he first put it on.
Ibrahim Chowdhury And His Wife’s Patek Philippe Ref. 4522
Ibrahim was born in Bangladesh, grew up in Germany, and currently lives in Egypt. In 2007, he bought this Patek ladies’ watch for his wife to commemorate the birth of their son. Importantly, it was also manufactured in 1980 – his wife’s birth year. They also have a daughter, who was born in 2008, and he hopes the watch will be passed on to her one day.
Nicholas Delaney And His Rolex Date
Nicholas, who is from Philadelphia, is the proud owner of his late grandfather’s 1970s Rolex Date. His grandparents immigrated to New York from China in 1974, and his grandfather wore this watch every day until he passed away in the early 1990s. Nicholas’ grandmother gave it to him when he was 11, but it was not until he developed an interest in watches in his 20s that he got it serviced and working again.
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.