Welcome to the fifteenth 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 Elijah Morin, Joshua Polansky, Oscar Tan, Chris Gagliano, and Austin Lyon.
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.
Elijah Morin And His Cartier Tank
When Elijah was planning a trip to Spain and Morocco with his girlfriend, he struggled to figure out which watch to bring – finally settling on his Cartier Tank. It was in places like Tangier that it really felt like it belonged, giving Elijah the sense that he was traveling back in time. He looks forward to creating more memories with it on his wrist, wearing it on his wedding day, and passing it on to his children.
Joshua Polansky And His Eberhard Chronograph
On a trip to Italy with his wife for his 40th birthday, Joshua spent several days watch hunting in Florence before discovering a watch shop to his liking. It was there that the owner pulled out a watch from a brand he hadn’t heard of – Eberhard. After spending a night researching the brand, he decided he had to have the watch and picked it up the next day. For Joshua, it represents the passion of watchmaking and reminds him of one of his favorite cities in the world.
Oscar Tan And His Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
When Oscar, who is from Singapore, was looking for his first luxury watch, he wanted something understated – and ended up with this Black Bay Fifty-Eight. While it served him well on a trip to Norway, he eventually sold it to finance another watch – and then quickly bought it back when he realized it was the watch that held the most stories for him. Through the experience, he learned that if you really want something, “the whole universe will conspire to make it happen.”
Chris Gagliano And His Orient Ray II
In 2018, Patchogue, NY-native Chris found out he and his wife would be having their first child. He planned to mark the birth with a new watch – but that plan went awry when his son was born a month early. When he was discharged from the hospital, Chris drove his son home, lifted him out of his car seat, and found the Orient he’d planned on buying sitting there underneath him. It has been on his wrist nearly every day since.
Austin Lyon And His IWC Pilot Chronograph
Austin, who is from New York City, fell in love with this Pilot Chrono when he first got into watches. When he was in college, and short of the funds to buy the watch, he got into leatherwork and made a 21mm strap for the watch, which he knew he’d own someday. Nine years later, when he got married, his wife gifted him the watch he’d dreamed of for almost a decade.
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.