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WWR Wednesday: Tell us about the watch that got away


This week we’re trying something new: WWR Wednesday, a post about something we love about watches. What’s more I want to hear from you guys. Like wrist shots on the forums, this is your opportunity to tell a little story and share something you like above horology. This week? Tell us about the watch that got away.

This week I’ll start. I want to tell you the story of the Mexico City Watch Brigadoon.

I went to Mexico with my wife when we were pregnant with our first kid. What we thought was morning sickness was actually caused by drinking the water from the ice cubes so one morning she stayed in the hotel and, well, evacuated, and I went for a walk near the old city square. It was early afternoon and the streets were quiet enough and, nestled between a little grocery and a newsstand was a tiny watch shop.

It was dusty, didn’t look promising. There was a Renata battery ad on the front window. The lone proprietor sat behind thick glass.

I walked in. It was a dream come true. Every watch I had ever wanted was there, from a Submariner to an old Seamaster to a Speedmaster Professional. There were Seikos, Citizens, and Tudors. There were odd watches I had never seen and even a Breguet! It was a miracle!

The prices weren’t bad but I need to decide. The Speedmaster was about $600 – an absolute steal – and I rushed back to the hotel to care for the wife and then get laid low myself. A few days later we went back the square and took the turn to the watch shop – at least the one I thought I had taken. We took another turn. Then another. It was gone. The grocery was there as was the newsstand – as far as I could remember? – but we couldn’t find the watch stop. It had vanished.

It just goes to show you that you should always buy when the instinct bites. You never know when your dream watch will disappear.

Now we want to hear yours! Share in comments.

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  1. Ages ago, I had a girlfriend who loved antique shops. I couldn’t stand them for much more than five minutes, so I usually hung around the counter until she was ready to go.

    One day, said counter had something I’d never seen before or since: a kid-sized wristwatch with enamel-painted portraits of 1950s New York Yankees–Mantle, Berra, Rizzuto–those guys. I don’t recall the brand. It didn’t work; if I recall correctly, the stem was seized up. I think the proprietor wanted $35, which was a lot of money to me at the time. Damn.

  2. There are several but one that sting the most was two years ago. I walked into one of my favorite was shop in Nagoya called e-Bigmoon and were browsing around. Spotted Dufour’s simplicity and found out it was in a full set – the shop wants 12k for it – I keep telling myself it is too much for a 3 hands piece and at 34mm, too small for me. I walked away, then came back again 2 days later, it was still there and talked myself out of it – impressed by the finishing, I finally decide to just pull the trigger, sadly when I went back it was gone! I bookmarked the online listing just to remind myself, sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you aren’t

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