My Watch Story: Commemorating Hard Work With A Rolex, A Surf Photographer’s Favorite Diver, A Doxa That Rekindled A Love Of Collecting, And More

My Watch Story: Commemorating Hard Work With A Rolex, A Surf Photographer’s Favorite Diver, A Doxa That Rekindled A Love Of Collecting, And More

Welcome to the eighteenth 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 David Weisbord, Numan Rehman, Mason Ameri, Jack Shepherdson, and Fred Chen.

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.

David Weisbord And His Doxa SUB

David has been a watch collector for over 20 years. Now living in the Philippines, he decided to sell the majority of his collection to help supplement his retirement. With a plan in place to enjoy life on a leaner collection, David never could have predicted the challenges and difficulties of 2020 – particularly the lockdown measures in the Philippines. Frustrated and unable to leave his home, he reflected on his life. “Why the heck am I denying myself nice watches?” he thought. For him, this Doxa represents not only the right steel sports watch for his ocean environment, but it’s also a symbol of surviving and moving forward.

@davewe

Numan Rehman And His Tissot PRS 516

Numan is sharing with us his story today from Mumbai, India. He was wearing this Tissot when he got into a bad biking accident – and although it took him four months to fully recover from his injuries, he credits the watch for saving his wrist from being broken. With a replacement crystal and bezel and its movement still perfectly intact, the watch keeps ticking and Numan is grateful he had the Tissot on him that day.

Mason Ameri And His Rolex Submariner Reference 116610LN

Mason, an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Special Projects at Rutgers Business School, has made a lot of bold decisions in order to pursue his dreams – including leaving a comfortable job with the Fed to pursue his PhD and become a college professor. Through his research and hard work, he earned four prestigious awards. His Rolex Submariner is a way to celebrate not only his accomplishments, but also to remember the journey and life lessons he’s learned along the way.

Mason.ameri

Jack Shepherdson And His Oris Divers Sixty-Five

A native of Sydney, Australia, Jack gifted himself this Oris Divers Sixty-Five on his 21st birthday. He is an avid beachgoer and surf photographer and finds that the Oris is a perfect companion for his hobbies. He loves the watch for its thinness, bronze bezel, and how beautifully it’s aging. Most importantly, however, he can immediately look down at his wrist and think about all the fond memories he’s had while wearing it.

@MrShepherdson

Fred Chen And His Rolex Date Reference 15037

Fred Chen, from Boston, Massachusetts, recently drove to Atlanta to celebrate his father’s 85th birthday. His parents came to the U.S. in 1967 and scrimped and saved in the formative years of Fred’s life. That left a strong impression on Fred, and on his father’s 50th birthday, Fred’s mother gifted her husband this Rolex Date. When Fred graduated from medical school in 1997, that Rolex Date was gifted to him and has remained one of his most prized possessions. It is a source of pride for him, as well as a reminder of his parents’ hard work – and he plans to hand the watch down to his son.

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 mywatchstory@hodinkee.com.

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