My first automatic watch ever! Bought on Ebay, after a long search online, looking for a nice and sturdy dive watch that could accompany me on my next vacation. It had to be a watch that would not require any battery exchange, and therefore, another kind of “mechanism” to indicate time. And that’s when I started to read about, learn about, automatic movements…
I had no idea of the various movements and the only “other” thing than a regular quartz movement that I heard of, was the Seiko Kinetic. That idea, to keep your watch running, not by a battery-driven mechanism, but by the movement of your wrist sounded just superb and I wanted to learn more about that. I did my research and spend evening after evening glued to my computer, in order to read everything I could find. However, it was back in 2000 or 2001 and the internet was “slightly” less crowded than today. There was information, however not as much as today. And the few bits and pieces of info that were any good were scattered all over the web.
I searched, mainly online, because information was available at my fingertips and I didn’t have to wait until the next issue of the watch magazines that I subscribed to, arrived. I became a member of the various forums and started to participate, first as a so-called lurker (quietly reading everything, but feeling not knowledgeable enough to ask a question, let alone post something) and later I became more active.
The research into mechanical watches felt like an adventure. It had all the steampunk of yesteryear, while we were just at the forefront of the digital revolution with the internet becoming ever more popular and important. I had never owned an automatic watch and was not really aware of how it works or how robust it was going to be. The requirements, besides the obvious dive watch design with that rotatable bezel, where obvious:
- never replacing a battery
- it had to be waterproof
- it should be able to take a beating
Of all automatic dive watches that I found online, I liked the Rolex Sea-Dweller the best. Also similar watches like the Rolex Submariner, Omega Seamaster and several TAG Heuer dive watches really did it for me. But these were all far out of my (financial) league. When I bumped into the Citizen diver’s automatic I immediately knew this would make the perfect holiday watch for me and be the first experience with an automatic watch as well.
Strapped to my wrist with a NATO strap, it accompanied me to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and many more places. It has seen some of the most beautiful places on this planet, above and underneath sea level.