Welcome to the nineteenth 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 Faizan Rashid, Francois Michelon, Frank To, Justin Gallen, and Matthew Spreadbury.
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.
Faizan Rashid And His Omega Speedmaster
Faizan is originally from Pakistan and currently living in Dubai. In 2011, when he and his wife were expecting their first child, Faizan wanted a watch he could be proud to call a family heirloom years later. He’d always been fascinated by the Omega Speedmaster Pro and dedicated a lot of time to researching its history and heritage; he got his Speedmaster a couple months after the birth of his son. He considers himself a custodian of the watch that his son will own one day.
Francois Michelon And His Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic
A resident of Palm Beach, Florida, Francois had been on a long search to find his Panerai Luminor GMT. For him, it represented a tool watch that struck the right balance of style, utility, and legibility. While on a business trip to Italy, his dreams came true at a tiny jeweler in the town of Vicenza. He’s proud to say the hunt paid off, and that the watch is now his everyday wear.
Frank To And His TAG Heuer Carrera WS2111
Frank is an artist and lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. His first mechanical watch – the TAG Heuer Carrera WS211 – was a gift from his mother on his 21st birthday. It was a constant presence on his wrist as an art student, and later for the big successes of his career. The watch was with him when he met Sir Patrick Stewart and when he demonstrated his artistic process for Prince Charles. His TAG Heuer Carrera is a reminder to never forget where he came from, and to remain ambitious.
Justin Gallen And His Ulysse Nardin Army Corps Of Engineers Pocketwatch
Los Angeles resident Justin Gallen is the proud owner of his great-grandfather’s Ulysse Nardin pocket watch. His great-grandfather was a stationmaster for the Pennsylvania railroad from the 1930s to the 1950s. Justin – now a custodian of the watch for over 30 years – took a deep dive into its history and discovered that it was one of 846 pieces produced in 1916. Over the years, it’s been not only a stylish accessory, but also a fun conversation piece in his family.
Matthew Spreadbury And His Tudor Black Bay Steel
Matthew is a native Brit living in Norway. As a primary care physician on an island just below the Arctic Circle, Matthew needed a tool watch that was robust enough to handle not only the demands of his job, but also his adventurous lifestyle. Some of Matthew’s most notable memories with the watch include a ski crash, hiking in Argentina, and performing medical duties in southern Sudan. He’s a big believer in living a full life worthy of what a well-made tool watch can handle.
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.