HalfWatchTuesday 2.03 Legacy Machines

Sorry, I would love this article to be about MB&F’s legendary piece, but it’s not. Having said that, if you are reading this Max (Busser), I would be a very happy recipient of one for review, I even promise to do my best no to do a ‘Rick’ and never send it back.

This week’s article is to do with what watches mean in terms of legacy. The famous motto states “You never actually own a Patek Phillippe, you merely look after it for the next generation” (presumably because there will likely be some payments outstanding for them to pay).

Well, I’ll never own a Patek, much less my father who very suddenly died in Ireland last week (massive heart attack apparently; yes, I’m doing better than expected, thank you for asking). Now when anyone dies there is the shock and then there is the procedure. Very quickly I had to get across to Ireland (not so easy in a lockdown) and see if I could fulfil his last wish to be laid to rest in Scotland.

When home the most emotional task was to go into his bedroom where he peacefully met his end. It’s clear there is a treasure trove of memories to be found there but time didn’t allow to discover any at this time. There was also a number of watches, mostly quartz including the Fossil I had given him some years ago and the arabic numerals Seiko 5 (SNK063J5).

The FossiI was on his wrist most of the time but the Seiko had a special significance. I gifted him it last year to signify the Hajj pilgrimage we would embark on later in 2019, it was also to celebrate his 70th year on the planet. I really would rather have waited longer to get my hands on either.

I took both back home with me, along with Dad who we buried not too far from where I live. The Fossil went into the watch case beside my Grandad’s watch, the Seiko went onto my wrist and really hasn’t left it much in the two weeks since.

Scottish Watches and Bark and Jack

The Seiko has made me re-evaluate 36mm watches which I previously thought would be too small for me, but I must say it’s amazing on the wrist. The case shape and (the rather comfortable) bracelet ensure it is does not wear too small. I love wearing it as a connection to my father, yes it might not have been the watch he wore he most but the slight wear and tear shows it was one he used.

Given Seiko 5s were built to be simple but reliable machines I could well see it becoming an everyday wearer, certainly, it’s power reserve does not allow it to be sat idle for a few days as part of a rotation. I have actually found it useful watch also, especially as tracking the day can be challenging in these lock-downed times.

Now, I don’t necessarily need a watch to remind me of my Father, I am lucky to have a lifetime of memories to fall back upon. After a health scare 6 years ago, I had asked Dad to try and stick around long enough so his unborn grandson would remember his face. My son is now five and during a quiet moment last week he asked me ‘Dad why are you wearing Grandad’s watch?’ That was the moment I realised the old man had kept to the deal, my son will remember his Grand Father and also feels the connection with the watch and in that respect this humble Seiko is worth more than any Patek to me.

Given the small number of adornments men especially tend to wear, watches can take on huge significance in terms of linking us to them. They are present in photos and ever-present on those special moments we remember fondly, in this respect even the most humble watch can become a legacy machine.

There are just too many people to thank for supporting me through this time, my family and friends have been immense. I was completely overwhelmed with the kind messages

(Editors note : the original text read “I was completely overwhelmed with the kind massages from the watch community”, i trust this was an error and not the #watchfam going above and beyond in this difficult time, Nick do you have anything you wish to confess?)

from the watch community. Who knew that people you may never meet but have a shared passion can care to this degree when one of them is hurt, I shan’t forget it.

Also, a special mention to Nic who as well as being a caring soul also ensured the Halfwatch Tuesday cogs kept turning. Which segways us nicely to this week’s top picks.

Top Picks

He was there at the beginning of this crazy hashtag and he will be here at the end. Massive congratulations to @edinburghtimepieces on the latest addition to his breathtaking collection, Urban Jurgensen Racing Green Big 8 limited edition

Congrats also to our mate @thewatchcults for doing flecto his way. I still want to borrow his Grand Seiko quartz GMT

The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is an Instagram favourite. I love this version owned by @watchingbaseball. Nice watches and coffee shot.

All that glitters is not gold, but @samandherwatchbox makes her Seiko 5 look a million dollars

@bruceswatchgram uses his lockdown time wisely with Lego and his Seiko Guigaro

@Hendersonshorology hits us up with an amazing monochrome speedy shot with great use of light and dark.

@Kevothegreat_ loses himself in music but does take the time to treat us to this amazing Sub shot

Last up for top picks is this money shot from @yesterdaystime.

Congratulations to all who made top picks.

Shout Outs

This week we welcome @sufhelsinki to the Halfwatch Tuesday party. I have been an admirer of their bold dials for some time. The sister company of Sarpaneva watches, their designs have a distinctly Nordic feel, with minimalism and functionality at heart. We’d love to have them join us on Halfwatch Tuesday live.

Speaking of which, I have just taken delivery of an Orion Hellcat and let me tell you it’s gonna make for a great live show with @orionwatches next week, keep your eyes peeled for details.

Finally, if it has not already be said, thank you all for helping us reach 5000 (or half of 10k) followers. We are forever indebted to you guys for the support and as such we are working on a very special giveaway, all will be revealed in good time, until then, see you next Tuesday.