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 Justin Brayman, Anirudh Kallakuri, Raoul D., Greg Johnson, and Stephen Owens.
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.
Justin Brayman And His Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight ‘Navy Blue’
Justin Brayman is from Spokane, Washington, and he shares with us today the story of his Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue.” He and his wife celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary this year and his wife told him he should buy a watch. He’d always been a fan of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight because its design and proportions are perfect for his wrist. However, it was this execution in particular that really caught his attention because of the hour markers, indices, and the fact that blue is his favorite color. The day after his anniversary, Justin got a call from an AD 300 miles away; without any hesitation, Justin called his father and together they made buying Justin’s anniversary watch a memorable road trip.
Anirudh Kallakuri And His West End Company Vintage Dress Watch
For Anirudh, a resident of Bangalore, India, the story of his grandfather’s 1930s West End Company dress watch is one that has connected his whole family. Anirudh’s grandfather was gifted the watch on his wedding day and after wearing it almost his entire life, he passed it on to Anirudh’s mother. Finding no real use for the watch, she gave it to Anirudh’s uncle, but later its whereabouts were unknown for some time; it was Anirudh who really took an interest in finding it. Years later, his brother revealed that he knew where it was and handed it over to him. As the current custodian of the watch, Anirudh has since had it restored back to its original condition. The watch is currently 82 years old and he looks forward to seeing it well past its 100th birthday.
Raoul D. And His Patek Philippe Ref. 5740/1G Nautilus Perpetual Calendar
There’s a watch geek inside most of us who read HODINKEE and for London-native Raoul, 2020 has been a special year spent with his Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar. London went into lockdown in the early months of 2020 and Raoul seized the opportunity to spend a lot of time with this watch. His appreciation of it has grown immensely – he loves the balance of its simple, sporty presentation matched with the amazing complications it has at its core.
Greg Johnson And His Panerai Luminor Ref. P00164
For Greg, who is from the UK, the Panerai Luminor ref. P00164 is the watch that sparked his fascination with watches and horology. A gift from his wife for his 30th birthday, the Panerai was actually Greg’s second watch; he had worn an Omega Seamaster for 10 years prior. With its mixture of brushed and polished finishes and the legible numerals on the dial, the watch matches his casual style. Over the years, his tastes have changed and his collection has grown, but the Panerai still gets a lot of wrist time.
Stephen Owens And His Bulova Oceanographer
New Orleans native Stephen Owens has been a watch enthusiast all of his life, mainly due to his father’s passion for the hobby. Stephen distinctly recalls moments in his childhood when his dad would tell him about the watch he bought after he graduated high school, but had gone missing – his Bulova Oceanographer. The day after his father passed, his mom found the watch locked away in a drawer, in poor condition. Stephen felt compelled to have it restored, and today it provides a special connection to his father.
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.