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What is the perfect “Personalized Watch”?
The perfect watch has complete provenance – including extensive contemporary information and photos about the watch and its original owner. There may also be video clips.
The perfect watch is “all original”, including the original watchband. Ideally, it runs for at least 24 hours accurately when purchased (although I have paid watchmakers handsomely to fix them).
The perfect watch has been obviously worn by the original owner – they went to considerable lengths to buy it, and have it engraved, and they were proud to wear it. (Or, they were presented / awarded the watch for exemplary service to their group). The more worn the watch, the more important it was; very few of my watches are “jewelry box queens” – most have scratches & dents (particularly the military watches).
George J. Hatch's WW1 trench watch is probably the ultimate "Personalized Watch". It is 100% original; the case is inscribed with his name and military branch ("RFC"); his life (and tragic aerial death) are well-documented, including numerous photos and books about "Bloody April 1917"; and the box in which Lt. Hatch's watch was stored for 100 years contains the original handwritten "Killed In Action" note from the British authorities.