Marc’s Legacy WatchApr 28, 2017
I love watches. I suppose it is an occupational hazard of growing up around jewelry stores, but there is something immensely satisfying about fine timepieces. I love the way they look, I love the way they work, and I love the way they make me feel. As time goes on, however, I realized that their […]
I love watches.
I suppose it is an occupational hazard of growing up around jewelry stores, but there is something immensely satisfying about fine timepieces.
I love the way they look, I love the way they work, and I love the way they make me feel.
As time goes on, however, I realized that their greatest value comes from the role they play in my life and the important moments they were a part of.
For my eighteenth birthday, my grandparents gave me a Rolex Daytona engraved with a personal message. It was beautiful—strong, handsome, bold. Its every surface was polished to perfection. The tactile satisfaction of the starting and stopping the chronograph revealed its remarkable craftsmanship. It felt amazing when I put it on.
At the time, the watch was the most valuable thing I owned. Sixteen years later, its value is immeasurably greater. While I am sure it is probably worth more in dollar terms now, its true appreciation comes from having been a part of my life over the last two decades.
It was on my wrist during graduations, job interviews, funerals, trips near and far, and even kept time for me during the bar exam. It was a faithful companion on countless awkward first dates, during quite a few bad movies, and a lot of losing Mariners baseball games. I was wearing it the night I met my wife in a sketchy bar, the day we got married in Sundance, Utah, and the morning we first met our son Asa in the delivery room. It has borne witness to nearly half my life. It isn’t quite as pristine as the day I first put it on, but it is even more beautiful. I’ve earned every scratch and each reminds me of where it has been.
It is rare to find something that becomes more perfect over time, but my watch certainly has. Styles change, clothes fray, phones grow obsolete, and cars break down, but great watches only get better with time. As perfect as my Daytona is now, I have confidence its value will only continue to grow as it accompanies me on future adventures.
Marc, Vice President of Marketing