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 Holly Titus, Kieran Chaplin, Adam Schoenberg, Alessandro Curcuruto, and Chaitanya Gaglani.
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.
Holly Titus And Her Vintage Omega
Sometimes serendipitous moments are a big part of our love of watches. For Holly, from Indianapolis, Indiana, the endeavor to find the exact model her grandfather wore wouldn’t have happened without a little bit of good fortune. Holly has distinct memories of her grandfather’s watch – for him, it was an everyday wear. Finding his watch through photos, and the help of some friends in the watch community, was a way for Holly to honor the special life he lived and the impression he left on her growing up.
Kieran Chaplin And His Swatch (And His Daughter’s Flik Flak)
There’s no better way to get your child to learn how to tell the time than to start them early. For Kieran and his daughter, who live outside London, their shared love of watches grew recently when they were gifted the latest HODINKEE Swatch and accompanying Flik Flak for Kieran’s birthday. Kieran is proud knowing that their new watches will always be a connection between him and his daughter.
Adam Schoenberg And His Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675
New York City resident Adam Schoenberg always had a love for the Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675. In 2010, before starting the brand Hook & Albert, he had to sell his beloved watch to fund his business. It wasn’t until years later, inside a J. Crew shop, that Adam encountered his very watch again in one of the displays. Before eventually landing on his wrist once again, the story takes another interesting turn – but we’ll leave it to Adam to tell you the rest of it.
Alessandro Curcuruto And His Universal Genève Uni-Compax
Alessandro, from Pisa, Italy, received this Universal Genève Uni-Compax from his grandfather, who had received it from his own mother. It was on Alessandro’s grandfather’s wrist when he immigrated to Argentina, and when he met his wife. It was also on his grandfather’s wrist when Alessandro’s mother and her sister were born years later. On the day Alessandro was born, his grandfather gave it to his aunt, who eventually gave it to Alessandro when he turned 18. He now lives in Zurich and wears it proudly – and it makes him feel like his family is close to him.
Chaitanya Gaglani And His Omega Speedmaster
For some, watches are a good way to remind us of places we’ve been. After high school, Chaitanya moved from Mumbai to Philadelphia and made the city his home for 16 years. When his chapter in America came to a close, Chaitanya needed a tangible object he could carry with him for the rest of his life – this Omega Speedmaster. Every time he winds his watch in the morning, it reminds him of his time in the City of Brotherly Love.
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.