What is your name?
How old are you? A little over 50 years old..
What do you do for a living?
District administrator for a 9,400 student school district located on the central California coast.
What got you interested in watches and what do you love about them?
I grew up in Silicon Valley during the 1980’s which was an environment that had many high-end Swiss watch retailers, and people in the community who wore them. I became interested in watches in high school as I saw them as being mechanical and electronic marvels on one’s wrist. I experienced the quartz crisis first hand moving from mechanical Timex watches to buying a Casio in the late 1970’s and Seiko LCD Quartz in the early 1980’s. I fell in love with the Rolex I saw all around me, either in malls, or on people, but the brand was unobtainable for me at that time. I purchased my first Rolex in the last quarter of my undergraduate degree, and am now on my eleventh Rolex over the course of over twenty-five years.
Do you have a favorite watch brand? If so, what is it and why?
Rolex, mostly because of their inherent reliability, access to dedicated service centers around the globe, and because of the high degree of their manufacturing and design precision.
What watch(es) are getting your wrist time lately?
Rolex DeepSea SeaDweller. I just installed a RubberB strap on mine.
What watch that you own or owned had the best story you could share?
Without question, my best watch story is the one published by International Watch, you can read the whole tale of me personally uncovering the first Swiss watch in space here (pdf): http://www.minus4plus6.com/images/HeuerCopy.pdf
Insofar as a watch I wore, I would say it was the Rolex GMT Master IIc that accompanied me for the past six years during travels to Mexico, Italy, and down the Grand Canyon [pictured below].
What advice would you give someone just starting out as a watch enthusiast?
Start out with a watch that speaks to you, with a provenance and design ethos that resonates with your beliefs and image of yourself. It is for this reason that Bremont and IWC are also brands that interest me, but I always come back to Rolex and their story.
Your first watch does not have to be expensive, but rather one that compliments your own personal story.
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