When I was at the IWC Air Trophy, my watchspotting eyes were sharper than ever!
When watching the airplaines land on the beach, I saw a glimpse of a Rolex Daytona on a black alligator strap, strapped on the wrist of a guy in his seventies, right in front of me. When I looked a second time, I spotted a shiny case and diamonds on the dial. This HAD to be a white gold one!
So I decided to ask him! ‘Hi sir, I’m sorry for asking, but is that a white gold Daytona?’ and pointed to his wrist.
‘No, that’s a Carlsberg.’ He tought I had asked him about his beer. In his defence, it was pretty windy outside, and the odds of a twentysomething guy asking for beer are quite big. True story!
When I made clear that I was talking about his watch, we had a laugh and his wife joined the conversation.
They were a very lovely and funny retired belgian couple who have lived in America for over 30 years. I HAD to feature them.
Why did you get a white gold Daytona?
It was a birthday present from my wife. Wait, let me correct myself: she picked it out and I bought it.
She wanted a steel Daytona (115620), but these were impossible to find. You had to wait for years to accuire one, so we went for the white gold to avoid a 2 year waiting list.
What was your first watch.
It’s an Omega (pre moon) Speedmaster from the ’60, and I still own and wear it. I got it as a present for my 18th birthday from my mom.
I still wear this, but i’m really afraid to service this. Every part is 100% original from the day my mom bought it for me in the ’60. If I send it for a service, Omega might change and replace parts. With new parts, it would lose its charm and a lot of its value. A few years ago, I was at an Omega dealer wearing this watch, and the dealer offered me a brand new Speedmaster plus some extra cash in exchange for my Speedmaster. This was the ultimate motivation to keep mine!
What an amazing story, and what an interesting couple!