As you may know, ‘Mr Oakleigh’ writes a regular column in the luxury lifestyle magazine ‘The Norwich Resident’ (http://www.norwichresident.co.uk).
In July 2015 the article was called ‘Father’s Day’ and here it is:
For Fathers Day we’re looking at the relationship between father, son and watch because as well as being an investment, a great watch makes a great heirloom.
Patek Phillipe, one of the greatest watchmakers tell us that “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation”. While this is probably true, fortunately our horological heirlooms needn’t necessarily cost as much as a small car.
My father bought this 1962 Omega new and while it’s intrinsic value isn’t great, it will be passed to me and then to my son which is really meaningful to our family.
We also have this plain and well used pocket watch that belonged to my grandfather and which will also be passed on.
A watch is a very personal possession worn close to the skin and used daily so when a beloved example is given to you, you know that you’re receiving something of the giver too and that’s a really special thing.
I never tire of discussing how a watch is far more than just a way of telling the time so if you want to explore the concept of horological heirlooms, drop me a line.