About 10 years ago, my father gave me a beautiful watch that had once belonged to my grandmother. I wore it on and off, and shortly after my father died, I went out and in the course of the evening, it slipped off my wrist and I couldn’t find it. I knew that the strap was loose, but I’d been putting off fixing it, and although I asked at the pub and checked at the local lost property office, the watch didn’t appear again. This isn’t the first time that I’ve lost jewellery here in Innsbruck – the last time was when Martin and I were engaged, and I put my mom’s ring into the engagement ring box, which I then left at the American Bar at Penz, never to be seen again. Hopefully both ring and watch are in the possession of someone who enjoys them!
For years I’ve been looking for a replacement. I have seen a few modern watches that appeal to me, in particular the new series of watches with wooden cases and straps, but I wanted something small, classic, and gold. When I say that I spent hundreds of hours scouring ETSY, Ebay, and local shops here in Innsbruck, I do not tell a lie. This month, I found what I was looking for: a gold cocktail watch, circa 1954/1955, with a beautiful round face and a Rolex strap that’s adjustable, with a rather pretty motif pattern. It was a bit pricier than what I had originally planned, but it is lovely, and since buying it, I regularly wake up in the morning, look at it, and smile at just how perfect it is.
Even better, I think that my dad would love it too, and even after 3 years, that makes me feel rather cheerful!
And here’s the video that intrigued me to start with!