What makes a watch into a grail? It’s all about the quest! And what triggers that quest? Sometimes, it’s nostalgia!
A “holy grail” is defined more by the quest to find it than the object itself. If you could run down to Macy’s and buy the watch you have been seeking, would you love it? Maybe, but would you rhapsodize about it? Probably not.
Humans are hunters. We want to search for something special. And there have been many millions of different watches produced, so what makes them special can vary dramatically!
That ratty little Timex Quartz doesn’t look like much to you, does it? What if I told you that it was one of the first mass-market titanium watches? Now is it a little more interesting? Probably, but not enough for you to call it a “grail”.
Now what if that was the first watch that ever caught your eye? What if you were a teenager at the time and fell in love with the idea of a watch made from a new, high-tech material? What if you asked for it for Christmas and was delighted when it’s exactly what you got? And what if it wore out and was discarded somewhere over the last few decades? Now we’re getting somewhere!
This is the essence of a grail watch for many. They want to bring back something special from their life, and the watch is only half that quest. For many, it’s a journey back to a memorable time and place. The watch represents that for them.
That’s why we started this blog. We love looking, and sometimes we find some pretty special stuff. Even if it’s not our quest, we’d love to help someone else on theirs!
By the way, I was that kid in the 1980’s, and I had that watch. I would love to find another, but that’s not my current quest. Maybe someday. But for what it’s worth, that exact Timex is available on eBay right now for under $100!