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Missing my mom...feeling nostalgic...post your heirlooms.

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January 29, 2013 03:13AM
There are many watches I admire and would be happy to own. There are some watches I've been privileged to acquire. There are also some I've owned, enjoyed, and passed on to new owners. But there is one watch that will always elude and haunt me because it doesn't exist. Neither of my parents had a watch of note, and certainly nothing passed to them from their parents. Sure they had wristwatches, but they were inexpensive and tossed out when broken or in disrepair.

I love hearing about pieces that belonged to relatives and were passed down. Maybe it's a WIS thing, but to me a watch being passed on is the perfect heirloom. Something about measuring time with the same piece your father/grandfather did has a beautiful and poetic irony to it.

My parents split when I was young, and although I keep in touch with my father, we've never been terribly close. We have some overlapping interest in motorsport which has luckily given us something to chat about as adults. I asked once if he still had the watch he wore in the service, but he had no clue. Told me he probably threw it away. He figured the same fate for his fathers watch. So unfortunately those ties were never made to even pass on.

The real loss I feel is not having any type of heirloom from my mom. I was very close with her and thought of her as a friend. I worked for her embroidery business for more than 14 years before she was diagnosed with cancer. She battled for 8 years before passing. I aspire to be half as strong, positive, and caring as she was. She will always be my beacon. Raised as one of 5 by her widowed mother, there was little to nothing passed on.

My mothers name was Constance, though she went by Connie. I always used to joke around at work calling her "Constellation" over the intercom. One day she asked me why I called her that, and I told her it was because she was the star of the show! She gave me a knuckle sammich and called me a smart ass. Since becoming a WIS, I found out that the Omega Constellation is referred to as the "Connie". One day, I hope to find a nice vintage Connie that can act as a fitting surrogate "heirloom" to my mother.

So, if you have them, post up your hand me downs!


Missing my mom...feeling nostalgic...post your heirlooms.

jinxed258January 29, 2013 03:13AM

Brad your story is a touching one. I’m glad that you at least have these wonderful memories. Jpeg Attachments

Timemiser85January 31, 2013 03:23AM

What a wonderful story and memory. Jpeg Attachments

Lawrence Talbot76January 30, 2013 06:08AM

I know how that must feel

jackrobinson56January 31, 2013 11:58AM

That brings up an interesting generational observation...

jinxed88January 30, 2013 04:23PM

Forgot to add this one.... Jpeg Attachments

BobbyMike67January 29, 2013 10:56PM

great post jinxed Clapping! For me there are quite a few... Jpeg Attachments

jackrobinson64January 29, 2013 09:43PM

That Omega is great ... Congrats Thumbs up!

Jan74January 29, 2013 10:28PM


jinxed94January 29, 2013 09:58PM

Great- grandfather's pocket watch.... Jpeg Attachments

carlos x82January 29, 2013 05:23PM

a very nice looking PW just the same, brother carlos x Wink (n/t)

jackrobinson59January 29, 2013 09:46PM

Agreed! (n/t)

jinxed81January 29, 2013 09:59PM

I've got a few stashed away Jpeg Attachments

Dre83January 29, 2013 02:32PM

real nice stuff Dre, lovem all (n/t)

jackrobinson63January 29, 2013 10:08PM

Incredible!! What a beautiful collection. (n/t)

jinxed68January 29, 2013 03:30PM

My contribution to this great legacy will be the Stowa Marine Original Jpeg Attachments

Dre116January 29, 2013 06:41PM

Cheers! DroolingDroolingDrooling (n/t)

jackrobinson75January 29, 2013 10:07PM

+ 1 (n/t)

Jan73January 29, 2013 10:23PM

I have a few... Here are a couple. Jpeg Attachments

Dave M110January 29, 2013 01:05PM

both real nice. Does any watchmaker repair accutrons any more? (n/t)

jackrobinson64January 29, 2013 10:11PM

Yes, there are some. I'll let you know my results. laughing (n/t)

Dave M53January 29, 2013 11:21PM

The Seiko rocks!

jinxed76January 29, 2013 03:33PM

A few... Jpeg Attachments

gfbiii5195January 29, 2013 12:43PM

Thanks for sharing! The story of the Accutron really touched me. (n/t)

benhemp68January 29, 2013 07:32PM


jinxed82January 29, 2013 03:36PM

In my study, hangs the clock that was my grand-dads Jpeg Attachments

Jan100January 29, 2013 12:34PM

spectacular Jan Cheers! (n/t)

jackrobinson73January 29, 2013 10:14PM

W O W !!! Now that's cool! (n/t)

jinxed77January 29, 2013 03:37PM

SmileThumbs up! Jpeg Attachments

IF77January 29, 2013 07:50AM

Geeze that Omega is a beauty! Especially the lovely worn case. (n/t)

jinxed74January 29, 2013 03:38PM

These came to me from my brother, Gilbert, posthumously Jpeg Attachments

JohnnyT107January 29, 2013 06:19AM

JohnnyT, that was a very touching story...

jackrobinson77January 29, 2013 10:20PM

I wondered about those JT...

jinxed87January 29, 2013 03:42PM

this pocket watch was my mother's Jpeg Attachments

Bill J.71January 29, 2013 05:38AM

Here's my one hand me down.... Jpeg Attachments

BobbyMike99January 29, 2013 03:23AM

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