Welcome to the fourteenth 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 Galvin Wong, Parik Kumar, Marius Piedallu Van Wyk, Ignacio Hwang, and Melvin Poh.
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.
Galvin Wong And His Seiko Lord Marvel
Galvin, who is from Toronto, sought out his Seiko Lord Marvel to commemorate earning his professional engineer designation and for a trip to Tokyo he was never able to take this year. Galvin is a big Grand Seiko admirer and likes that the Lord Marvel line helped influence the conception of the first Grand Seiko. The carved logo is a point of fascination for him, and he loves that it’s yellow gold with classic dress watch proportions.
Parik Kumar And His Tudor Advisor
Arizona resident Parik Kumar shares with us today his vintage Tudor Advisor from 1957. Through a bit of research, he learned how Rolex applied some of their more experimental concepts on some of the Tudor watches of that period – one being its mechanical alarm function. Together with the watch’s jangly bracelet and unpolished case, this Tudor Advisor has been the cornerstone of Parik’s growing vintage Tudor collection.
Marius Piedallu Van Wyk And His Rolex Explorer Reference 6610
Originally from South Africa and currently living in Atlanta, Marius received his Rolex Explorer Reference 6610 from his grandfather while he was still a student. He accidentally dropped the watch and had to have it repaired – not the easiest expense to bear as a student – but he did so anyway and hasn’t regretted the decision since. Marius was surprised by the resurgence of interest in this particular model, and it has spent quite a bit of time on his wrist compared to the more modern watches in his collection.
Ignacio Hwang And His Gold Universal Geneve Gifted By King Faisal
Ignacio, who resides in Boston, tells the story of his gold Universal Geneve – a gift received by his father in 1971 from King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. His father, who worked for the ministry of foreign affairs in Taiwan, was fortunate to receive the watch, considering only 10 of these special pieces were made. The watch and all the countries it visited always mesmerized him as a kid, and he dreamed one day of finally owning it.
Melvin Poh And His Mr. Roboto Watch
Since he was a child, Malaysian entrepreneur Melvin Poh has always had a fascination with toy robots – which he’d always receive from his late grandmother on his birthday. As he got older and as his favorite toys gradually became discontinued, Melvin needed something to fill the void. Azimuth produced a line of watches called Mr. Roboto that rekindled Melvin’s interests, and although he couldn’t afford one as a university student, he always aspired to get one eventually. Through determination and a trip to Singapore, Melvin finally found the watch and is proud to wear it daily.
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.