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A watch wearer since childhood

My parents taught me to wear a watch to keep time, and even after the rise of smartphones, many people have gotten used to looking at their phones, but my concept of time is still based on a watch, and I basically carry it with me in my daily life as long as I’m not taking a shower. When I was young, I had a watch given to me by my father, which was said to be a pair of watches from my parents’ wedding, so it was a kind of inheritance, but I wore it until university, when I lost it after a basketball game. Later on, I bought a Casio with my part-time job money, and after working, I bought Seiko, Tissot, Sevenfriday, etc. Later on, I couldn’t resist buying an Apple watch, but really, electronic watches are not my cup of tea, so I put it away after wearing it a few times. Since I registered with the watch house, every time I saw my friends buying their own watches, I was envious and thought I could buy a better watch after working. In fact, this brand has never changed in my mind, and that is Rolex. When I was young I knew that Rolex was a good watch, but I didn’t know what was good about it. When I grew up and learned more and more about mechanical watches, the stronger my desire for Rolex became. At first I thought that Ro is the log type, then I learned that there is also the Submariner series, immediately attracted, after brainstorming all the knowledge of this series, black calm, green bright, are my favorite, my favorite is the green water ghost without calendar version, but unfortunately there is no -_-#. Because I have always felt that the calendar-free version is the authentic Submariner, plus the calendar is to meet the use, but also destroy the perfect dial (mild OCD), want the calendar, then you can buy a log, Rolex’s typical features should be log embodied. I’m going to talk a bit more about my two trips to Europe.

Last year I had a big event in my life – my wedding. The honeymoon trip was scheduled for a 13-day in-depth tour of Greece, and I was so busy before I left that I didn’t have much time to do a strategy, and only after I arrived in Athens did I think about buying a watch. There are actually more than 5 Rolex shops in the shopping streets of central Athens, the first one I went to was a general watch shop, but there was no black and green ghost, not even a calendarless ghost. After chatting for a while in this shop I tried to go out to find the next one, but to my horror the shops were all closed! It was after 3pm! I could see why this country is so lazy, the whole nation is like that, they are used to being lazy. So the next day before I left for Holy Island, I went to a shop a little further away, and when I came in, the shopkeeper said she didn’t have any. I sat down excitedly and waited for her to bring the watch to me, and when I saw the real thing I thought it was her, the perfect dial, classic design, and after checking that there were no problems, I was ready to negotiate a price to buy the watch, when the clerk said that water ghosts are very rare, no price negotiation, only tax refunds, perhaps she saw that I had to buy it, and never lowered the price. I didn’t have time to talk to him because we had to go to Holy Island, so I gave up. So I got my first Aquatimer, in less than half an hour. Later on, I thought I should not be seen to be taking the initiative when buying a watch, otherwise I would be led around.

Originally, I bought a Black Ghost and the next one was supposed to be a calendar, but I always felt a bit weird wearing a calendar, then I realized that I couldn’t forget the charming green color ……, after a few struggles, I finally decided to go for the green ghost, regardless of the calendar! After that it was all about the strategy, and I knew Japan was the best place to go, although I had many friends who went to Japan and asked them to look for green ghosts, but it was too difficult to find them in the direct line, several friends asked dozens of them, but there were many black ghosts, which also strengthened my determination to buy green ghosts.

Finally the annual trip is here again, this time my wife chose Italy and Switzerland as the destination, I know I buy a watch reliable, do not move all the strategy, set off! The first stop in Rome was not on our itinerary, although there were 8 to 10 shops in Rome, and I didn’t think I could buy one in Rome, so I just played it straight, because the second stop was my goal: Venice. I went in and politely asked if there were any black and green ghosts (in fact, they were in the window and I saw them), but the clerk said there were black ghosts and no green ghosts, which was normal because the shop was so visible and if there were green ghosts they would have been gone. The second one was my ultimate goal (it was a kind of fate that I got both of them on the second one, in fact, in Europe, especially in Italy, there is no shortage of black ghosts, no matter if they have a calendar or not). But I always had a feeling in my mind that there would be a green ghost. I said I’d like to have a look at it first, and after pretending to look at it, I said I had a calendarless ghost, but I wanted to see how it looked in my hand. Luckily my wife came up to look at it and said the colour was brighter than the black, so I realised she would support my choice too. So I talked to him about my love for the Aqua Ghost and hoped he would ask if he could sell it to me. The shop assistant went to the back and spoke to a colleague and replied that I could call the customer who had ordered it and ask him if he didn’t want it and he could buy it for me. I was talking to him while waiting, slowly thinking that maybe it wasn’t someone who had ordered it, but didn’t want to put the green ghost on display, because the previous posts on the forum were saying that it had just arrived, that others had ordered it, that they hadn’t had time to put it on the counter, but then they had bought it, so I guess this should be their rhetoric for selling the watch, in order not to let random people come in to see it and try it on, because wearing it more will naturally have wear and tear and will affect the real buyer’s decision. The reason why they hide them in the back is to see if you really want to buy them and then bring them out for you to try on. And then we kept talking and didn’t see anyone tell him if he could sell it. I told him I could talk to him about the watch and he said sure, I could give it to you. I was ready to cut the price, but the clerk said with a helpless face that the green watch was only a tax refund, no discount, but the black watch was 10% off. I tried to talk to him again, but he said that I couldn’t really do that, because there were more than 30 people on the reservation list for the Green Ghost, and they were all waiting to buy it, so the implication was obvious. I thought about it, the Green Ghost is so hard to buy (relatively speaking) and it was so easy to find, I didn’t know if I would be able to get it again if I missed out on this one, so I calculated the price of the rebate and it was right on the line for me. And that’s how I got the little green one.

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