Imagine you’re in a bar, you walk to the bartender and say “Get me something that looks like my watch.”
The bartender looks at your wrist, and say, “A mockingbird, sir?”
I bought a Seiko Presage watch for my birthday. It is the most valuable watch in my collection so far.
The watch signifies a milestone in my career, and my life. Looking at it reminds me of that milestone, and in the future, it will be an invaluable memory. And this timepiece will be there to remind me of that.
The watch I bought.
Seiko was my choice of brand when I decide to buy a watch for my birthday. Mainly because I need a dress watch, and it fits my budget.
This watch is part of the Midnight Cocktail collection. There are 5 different designs, which represents 5 different cocktails. I chose the Mockingbird due to the simple design, and suitable for a good dress watch on my wrist.
I almost picked the one that features a whisky-based cocktail, however decided against it because I don’t feel like the face and the strap has the same colour. Maybe in the future when I can ask for a strap replacement, I’ll consider purchasing that kind of watches.
It is very hard to track the watch price in the market. The Presage Mockingbird RRP is $699, but a quick google search and you can find various pricing from different dealers.
I have been browsing the market for a while, and have my eyes on a few other watches from different brands, such as Rolex and Omega. However the price is surprisingly unpredictable and there are a lot of people buying/selling for a profit.
I ended up picking the one in Myer, mainly because I can obtain the watch in store and can inspect it immediately. It was an exciting day when I picked up the watch and tried it on my wrist.
Wearing this watch is very comfortable, the strap and face is not too big to overwhelm my wrist. It sometimes feels like I don’t wear a watch at all, very lightweight. I feel a lot more confident, more empowered when I have it with me.
The great thing is that there is no battery, it recharges itself through my movements. So theoretically, it can run with me until the end of days, and plus 2 more days. 😀
Symbols of the watch
So what is this one signifies?
Well, it is my 30th birthday. And people have an expectation that these kind of round-number birthdays need to be celebrated differently. So as part of the excuse to mask my true reason, I can simply use this one as an important milestone of my life journey.
For the true reason? I would like to only disclose that to only people that I trust. So if you see me going around wearing this watch, it is an important event. I will treat this as a special jewellery for special occasions.
This is the first watch that I bought for myself, and for sure it will not be the last. I am somewhat of a watch enthusiast, and I will continue collect other timepieces as part of my life journey.
By Tuan Nguyen