Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Urban Day Date

From Meistersinger -

Courtesy of Meistersinger
Okay, a bit of little known Henki lore:

Once upon a time, Wendy and I were living in San Francisco.  I had  a little surprise windfall and wanted to buy a new watch.  And Francis Z. at Seregin's sold me on a hand-wound MeisterSinger watch - the one with the cream colored dial.  

In purchasing it, I am fairly confident that I was THE very first MeisterSinger owner in the US.  Round about the same time, my mother fell ill, I had to drop my job and fly to Massachusetts to look after her in her final weeks.  I was lucky, I was able to find a new job (at a dramatically lower wage) and had to sell off my meager collection of two watches - an Omega Seamaster, and my Meistersinger.  

That was a long time ago, but I have had a bit of an aching feeling ever since.  And in fairness, I realize that sounds silly.  Yes, it was a favorite, but not a family heirloom.  But in letting the watch go, I was also crossing the line from being the child to being the care giver.  Being the younger to being the older generation.  At the time I felt that I was just doing what needed to be done, what a good son was supposed to do.  But in many ways, I was leaving behind a part of my life and entering a new one.  What felt like turning a page was really ending the first volume and starting the sequel.  Seeing the Urban Day Date has definitely stirred something in me, and maybe it's time to embrace this next phase.

At any rate, for now I will check my piggy bank, as the Urban Day Date is now pulling those visceral strings!

But for those of you so inclined, here are the pertinents -

  • Miyota 8285
  • Automatic
  • 21 jewels
  • 21600 Semioscillations per h – 3 Hz
  • Power reserve 42 h

  • Stainless steel case with 6-screwed exhibition back
  • Diameter 40 mm
  • Height 13,25 mm

  • Sapphire glass

Water resistance
  • 5 bar

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