Hi all, and greetings from London. I've been lurking here since about October 2018, basking in your shared wisdom and expertise and trying to soak up a little of the knowledge. Also reading the blog posts at watchguy.co.uk and mitka.co.uk. Oh, and indulging a few purchases... Thought I'd try and chronicle the experience. So, I've not worn a watch since early 1990s when I had a ridiculous black Swatch, with black hands, that I nearly died trying to tell the time with, while up ladders focussing theatre lights. A conversation with an old friend led me to borrow his SMDV for a few days, and the presence of this strange mechanical device on my wrist was deeply appealing. I came here. I ogled goodies at chrono24. And bought this from a really nice guy in Switzerland, who was kind enough to cross the border to post from Italy to avoid import duty: I was learning about crowns, and facets, and indices, and rotors, and NATOs... acquiring this strange new language and wearing my lovely new watch. The first day I wore it a colleague on set asked me all about it. She had been going in to Austin Kaye for ages and trying to find something she liked. Back to the internet. Signed up to the Black Bough mailing list and ordered a couple of straps. Oh. And the dreaded bay. What a place to drown in. Following links from here to the obvious fakes. *reporting* ones I found myself. The intoxication of the *tiny* amount of power. The the overwhelming quantity. And the original bits and pieces. Straps and buckles followed. But I was in control. Wasn't I?