09/18/2018
 2 minutes

101 Reasons Why Watches Are Great – Part 3: They Last a Lifetime

By Jorg Weppelink
Rolex GMT Master

Image: Bert Buijsrogge

It’s strange when you realize that buying a watch can mean buying an item meant to last more than a single lifetime. Their ability to serve others for generations to come is what makes watches so great. It’s also the source of a lot of the romance surrounding mechanical watches. Watches collect a lot of stories over the course of their unique journeys, making them one of the few products able to serve multiple generations both functionally and emotionally.

The stories that accompany watches are powerful and can range from the personal to the global. Think about it: Watches have been present at almost every major global event. These include the Moon landing and the first ascent to the summit of Mount Everest. They are often passed down from parent to child, who then go on to share its stories with their own children. Watches can represent a certain era in a person’s life or simply be owned by someone who enjoys wearing that watch. Then there are the watches with connections to celebrities. Their stories are often both personal and shared with a wider audience.

These stories appeal to many people and are what makes owning a mechanical watch so special. Even if a watch doesn’t tell your family’s story, perhaps it’s time you start your own story that begins with your purchase of a new watch. Hopefully, it will be the start of a great journey that will survive for generations to come. You could also dive into the world of vintage watches and look for a watch with a story that captures your imagination and that you would like to continue. In the end, that is what makes watches so great: Not only are they functional technological marvels but also a silent companion during the highs and lows of its owner’s life.

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About the Author

Jorg Weppelink

Hi, I'm Jorg, and I've been writing articles for Chrono24 since 2016. However, my relationship with Chrono24 goes back a bit longer, as my love for watches began …

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