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Timnic54

NWBIG
Horologist
Jan 16, 2018
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Bangkok
#11
When I was 12 years old my Grandfather died, we were close. I had great love and respect for him. In the late 50s he had bought a gold manual wind Omega. I loved it . It was given to me.
As I said, I was twelve. I didn't look after the watch and within a year or so it went missing. Much later, in my 20s I was gutted and felt guilty to this very day ( I am now 63) that I respected my Grandfather so much, yet I failed to look after that wonderful watch that he left me, even though I loved watches at the time. I guess it was youthful irresponsibility. It became a real guilt trip for me, especially as I continued to love watches so much. I really never got over it.
A few years ago my wife's Grandfather died. I wasn't that close to him, but had spent some time with him, particularly at the end and got on very well with him. A few months ago, his wife, my wife's Grandmother told me that as she was about to visit us, ( She lives in France) she would very much like me to have his watch. She knew that I loved watches and couldn't think of anyone better to have it. He had loved the watch and looked after it well himself.
The guilt set in again. I was thinking I don't deserve this. I lost my Grandfathers watch. I surely am not worthy.
I couldn't even remember the watch she was talking about. At the end he had suffered with diabetes and kidney failure. He had not worn the watch for the years I knew him.
When she arrived she handed me the watch. I opened the old Longines box it was in and there it was. A 1950s Gold Omega. Identical in every detail to the one my own grandfather left me.
I feel complete and forgiven. The watch came back to me . I am not a superstitious person. In fact a bit of a skeptic. But somehow I do feel the watch came to me in something other than coincidence.
I shall wear it both on the Birthday of my own Grandfather and the Birthday of my wife's Grandfather.
I had the watch restored

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GMTG0D

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Staff member
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Dec 22, 2017
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#12
When I was 12 years old my Grandfather died, we were close. I had great love and respect for him. In the late 50s he had bought a gold manual wind Omega. I loved it . It was given to me.
As I said, I was twelve. I didn't look after the watch and within a year or so it went missing. Much later, in my 20s I was gutted and felt guilty to this very day ( I am now 63) that I respected my Grandfather so much, yet I failed to look after that wonderful watch that he left me, even though I loved watches at the time. I guess it was youthful irresponsibility. It became a real guilt trip for me, especially as I continued to love watches so much. I really never got over it.
A few years ago my wife's Grandfather died. I wasn't that close to him, but had spent some time with him, particularly at the end and got on very well with him. A few months ago, his wife, my wife's Grandmother told me that as she was about to visit us, ( She lives in France) she would very much like me to have his watch. She knew that I loved watches and couldn't think of anyone better to have it. He had loved the watch and looked after it well himself.
The guilt set in again. I was thinking I don't deserve this. I lost my Grandfathers watch. I surely am not worthy.
I couldn't even remember the watch she was talking about. At the end he had suffered with diabetes and kidney failure. He had not worn the watch for the years I knew him.
When she arrived she handed me the watch. I opened the old Longines box it was in and there it was. A 1950s Gold Omega. Identical in every detail to the one my own grandfather left me.
I feel complete and forgiven. The watch came back to me . I am not a superstitious person. In fact a bit of a skeptic. But somehow I do feel the watch came to me in something other than coincidence.
I shall wear it both on the Birthday of my own Grandfather and the Birthday of my wife's Grandfather.
I had the watch restored

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Original purchase papers
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What a beauty!! Beautiful story as well!
 
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DocHolliday

Diplomat
Diplomat
Jan 8, 2018
148
176
43
Dallas, TX
#14
When I was 12 years old my Grandfather died, we were close. I had great love and respect for him. In the late 50s he had bought a gold manual wind Omega. I loved it . It was given to me.
As I said, I was twelve. I didn't look after the watch and within a year or so it went missing. Much later, in my 20s I was gutted and felt guilty to this very day ( I am now 63) that I respected my Grandfather so much, yet I failed to look after that wonderful watch that he left me, even though I loved watches at the time. I guess it was youthful irresponsibility. It became a real guilt trip for me, especially as I continued to love watches so much. I really never got over it.
A few years ago my wife's Grandfather died. I wasn't that close to him, but had spent some time with him, particularly at the end and got on very well with him. A few months ago, his wife, my wife's Grandmother told me that as she was about to visit us, ( She lives in France) she would very much like me to have his watch. She knew that I loved watches and couldn't think of anyone better to have it. He had loved the watch and looked after it well himself.
The guilt set in again. I was thinking I don't deserve this. I lost my Grandfathers watch. I surely am not worthy.
I couldn't even remember the watch she was talking about. At the end he had suffered with diabetes and kidney failure. He had not worn the watch for the years I knew him.
When she arrived she handed me the watch. I opened the old Longines box it was in and there it was. A 1950s Gold Omega. Identical in every detail to the one my own grandfather left me.
I feel complete and forgiven. The watch came back to me . I am not a superstitious person. In fact a bit of a skeptic. But somehow I do feel the watch came to me in something other than coincidence.
I shall wear it both on the Birthday of my own Grandfather and the Birthday of my wife's Grandfather.
I had the watch restored





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I just chocked up a little. Great story. I'm fascinated with the human connection when it comes to sentimental value.
 

rwatch0

Diplomat
Diplomat
Feb 15, 2018
385
952
143
Belgium
#19
When I was 12 years old my Grandfather died, we were close. I had great love and respect for him. In the late 50s he had bought a gold manual wind Omega. I loved it . It was given to me.
As I said, I was twelve. I didn't look after the watch and within a year or so it went missing. Much later, in my 20s I was gutted and felt guilty to this very day ( I am now 63) that I respected my Grandfather so much, yet I failed to look after that wonderful watch that he left me, even though I loved watches at the time. I guess it was youthful irresponsibility. It became a real guilt trip for me, especially as I continued to love watches so much. I really never got over it.
A few years ago my wife's Grandfather died. I wasn't that close to him, but had spent some time with him, particularly at the end and got on very well with him. A few months ago, his wife, my wife's Grandmother told me that as she was about to visit us, ( She lives in France) she would very much like me to have his watch. She knew that I loved watches and couldn't think of anyone better to have it. He had loved the watch and looked after it well himself.
The guilt set in again. I was thinking I don't deserve this. I lost my Grandfathers watch. I surely am not worthy.
I couldn't even remember the watch she was talking about. At the end he had suffered with diabetes and kidney failure. He had not worn the watch for the years I knew him.
When she arrived she handed me the watch. I opened the old Longines box it was in and there it was. A 1950s Gold Omega. Identical in every detail to the one my own grandfather left me.
I feel complete and forgiven. The watch came back to me . I am not a superstitious person. In fact a bit of a skeptic. But somehow I do feel the watch came to me in something other than coincidence.
I shall wear it both on the Birthday of my own Grandfather and the Birthday of my wife's Grandfather.
I had the watch restored

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That's a beautiful watch but with an even more beautiful story behind it..
Thank you for sharing it and I'm most of all happy your could let the guilt go and feel 'free' now.
I wish for you to enjoy the watch (and all your other watches for that matter) for a long time ahead in good health :)
 

Scott

Content Contributor
Ambassador
Feb 1, 2018
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#20
When I was 12 years old my Grandfather died, we were close. I had great love and respect for him. In the late 50s he had bought a gold manual wind Omega. I loved it . It was given to me.
As I said, I was twelve. I didn't look after the watch and within a year or so it went missing. Much later, in my 20s I was gutted and felt guilty to this very day ( I am now 63) that I respected my Grandfather so much, yet I failed to look after that wonderful watch that he left me, even though I loved watches at the time. I guess it was youthful irresponsibility. It became a real guilt trip for me, especially as I continued to love watches so much. I really never got over it.
A few years ago my wife's Grandfather died. I wasn't that close to him, but had spent some time with him, particularly at the end and got on very well with him. A few months ago, his wife, my wife's Grandmother told me that as she was about to visit us, ( She lives in France) she would very much like me to have his watch. She knew that I loved watches and couldn't think of anyone better to have it. He had loved the watch and looked after it well himself.
The guilt set in again. I was thinking I don't deserve this. I lost my Grandfathers watch. I surely am not worthy.
I couldn't even remember the watch she was talking about. At the end he had suffered with diabetes and kidney failure. He had not worn the watch for the years I knew him.
When she arrived she handed me the watch. I opened the old Longines box it was in and there it was. A 1950s Gold Omega. Identical in every detail to the one my own grandfather left me.
I feel complete and forgiven. The watch came back to me . I am not a superstitious person. In fact a bit of a skeptic. But somehow I do feel the watch came to me in something other than coincidence.
I shall wear it both on the Birthday of my own Grandfather and the Birthday of my wife's Grandfather.
I had the watch restored
That's a really amazing story... I'm glad it came full circle and you got a "second chance."


Man, I've been after something with a bezel that faded to blue/purple like that... did you do it? If so, any tips?