My Watch Story: Connecting With One’s Father Via A Vintage Longines, A Hometown Watch From Frankfurt, A Coveted Rolex Datejust, And More

My Watch Story: Connecting With One’s Father Via A Vintage Longines, A Hometown Watch From Frankfurt, A Coveted Rolex Datejust, And More

Welcome to another 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 Rob Pellow, Luke Hendrickson, Robin Krebs, Martijn Roes, and Dennis Nguyen.

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.

Rob Pellow And His TAG Heuer Targa Florio

For Rob, who is currently living in Delray Beach, FL, this TAG Heuer Targa Florio was the watch that got him hooked – and also his first mechanical watch. It was given to him by his father on his 21st birthday; previously, his mother had given it to his father. His goal is to continue that tradition and pass it on to his own son when he turns 21.

Luke Hendrickson And His Rolex Datejust 1601

Luke, a recent law school graduate (congratulations!) living in San Francisco, got into watches through playing with his father’s Raymond Weil as a small child – and he’s been wearing a watch ever since. He’d coveted a simple Datejust for a while, and this vintage model from the 1970s was a gift from his parents a few years ago. He says it’s the most important watch he owns, and he wears it with everything.

@LukeH

Robin Krebs And His Sinn 104

Robin got into watches in his childhood via his father. Being from Frankfurt, Germany, he says his only choice for his first mechanical watch was a Sinn, which he saved for and gifted himself when he earned his bachelor’s degree. He loves the 104’s versatility and simple tool-watch aesthetic – and he’s proud to have a watch from his hometown.

@Robinho

Martijn Roes And His Omega Seamaster Calendar

While Martijn, who is from Leiden, the Netherlands, most often wears a Rolex Submariner, he says the watch that means the most to him is this Omega Seamaster Calendar. It belonged to his grandfather, who he spent a lot of time with as a child. A few decades later, his mother found it, non-working, in a box of his grandfather’s belongings – and eventually, Martijn found a watchmaker in his hometown who could restore it.

@martijnroes

Dennis Nguyen And His Vintage Longines

Dennis, who lives in Boston, got this vintage Longines on eBay for his father to celebrate their first home purchase in the U.S. It was also a way to introduce his father to his watch hobby – and his father wears the watch on special occasions. Today, Dennis’ father is fighting cancer, and Dennis has a message for him: He wants him to hang in there, and he looks forward to his father wearing this watch on all of his future birthdays. Indeed, hang in there, Mr. Nguyen.

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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