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 Craig Wright, Matt Krajewski, Stephen Saley, Omar Uddin, and Leslie Harris.
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.
Craig Wright And His Omega Seamaster 300 SPECTRE Limited Edition
For Craig, a native of Scotland, the Omega Seamaster he bought in 2015 carries a lot of numerical significance in his life. Not only was it produced in the birth year of his son, the 7,007 pieces that were created of this limited edition watch coincide with his birthdate – July 7. At the time of recording this video, Craig was a few weeks away from having a brain tumor removed. The watch is a special piece he wants to pass on to his son, Jacob.
Update. An email from Craig on December 15, 2020: “The surgery was a major success, and they managed a complete removal of the tumor on June 8 and the biopsy results came back grade 2 astrocytoma, which in simple terms is non-cancerous, which is really good as well. Still in recovery but back at work on a part-time basis and no long-term side effects. Also, in between posting that video, my wife had our second little boy named Joshua Bond Wright (big James Bond fan, haha) born on October 20, so it’s been quite an eventful year.”
Matt Krajewski And His Breitling Superocean 44
Matt is an architect living in New York City. As a youngster, he would visit his father in Puerto Rico, and the memories of him wearing watches left a lasting impression on Matt. His father, who is now in his 70s, recently purchased a Breitling Avenger with the same case size and color as Matt’s Superocean. Matt loves knowing that they’re not only bonded as father and son but as Breitling-wearers as well.
Stephen Saley And His Baume & Mercier Hampton Milleis
Stephen is a resident of Tallahassee, Florida, and his passion for watches comes from his experience working with fine art, jewelry, and watches at an auction house. He received his Baume & Mercier as a Christmas gift from his boss, who taught him the ropes at the auction house. Stephen is proud to share that he’s recently embarked on his own entrepreneurial endeavor and has started his own auction house; whenever he looks down at this watch, it reminds him where he started and hopefully how far he can take his business.
Omar Uddin And His Cartier Must de Cartier Ronde
Omar, who lives in Nepal, shares with us today a gift he received from his father when he was 12 – his Cartier Must de Cartier Ronde. This watch sparked Omar’s interest in watches, and after a few years of compiling a small collection, it’s still his favorite timepiece. After reading numerous articles, watching videos, and researching the brand’s history, his passion for collecting has only grown because of this watch – the one that started it all.
Leslie Harris And His Rolex Sky-Dweller Ref. 326139
Brooklyn resident Leslie Harris admittedly wasn’t a fan of Rolex when he first started getting into watches. As time went on, it was Rolex’s commitment to exploration, innovation, and excellence that spoke to Leslie’s values and what he looked for in a brand. The Sky-Dweller was Leslie’s gift to himself in 2018 to mark a successful year professionally and as a birthday treat. He loves the Arabic numerals, the black dial, the white-gold bezel, and its mechanical sophistication. When looking down at his watch, Leslie is reminded of some wise words someone once shared with him: “You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time.”
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.