Thanks for validating my membership! I have always worn a watch from the age of 8 when my father bought me a gold plated Casio digital. Since then I have owned your bog standard Â£20 chuck away Charlie, I wore a CWC G10 during the 90's but I abused them terribly, wearing it caving, climbing, canoeing etc. My wife bought me an Adidas adventure when I first met her in 95, 3 batteries and 2 replacement glasses later I still have it as my everyday watch.
I have only just recently become interested in owning a more prestigious watch after being offered some sort of tag (model unknown) from the looky looky men in Spain last year, I was assured it was a 'genuine copy' (whatever that meant). After politely declining his generous offer I thought I would look for something nicer and befitting my age, I bought a Rotary aqua racer and then started researching the plethora of watches out there, I know, I know, I should have researched first but now I find myself trawling the web drooling over the horological masterpieces that are available.
I thought I'd start a the tissot end of the market, and work my way up to the seamaster end of the scale, I'm now anxiously awaiting delivery of my first 'real' watch, a Steinhart OVM courtesy of one of the nice chaps on this forum, (some cyberstalking involved but tracked him down to an ebay listing which provided his phone number........ Score!)
I would have gone with Socrates' lovely Tissot as a first buy but unfortunately I need to make 50 posts before I can pm members or post on the for sale boards, never mind, if it's still available in a month or so then I can see it joining my small, but loved collection.
Looking forward to speaking to you all!