Watch Stories: Mayowa
By Nkemka Uche
As a 'watch guy', I source stories about watches and collectors on the Internet. The more I learn about watches, the more I recognize the watches I see on people’s wrists. The more I recognize watches on people’s wrists, the more I realize that there are other watch enthusiasts in Lagos. These are some of their stories.
This week we spoke with Mayowa.
How I got into watches: I’ve always liked watches for as long as I can remember. The older I grew the more interested I became in watches and leather straps.
My first mechanical watch: My first mechanical watch is the Timex Marlin I got this year. I bought it to get used to mechanical watches so I can buy a better watch when the time comes. Timex is a known brand, they make good watches, and the Marlin is cheap enough to make mistakes with.
Winding my watch: Owning a Marlin is different from owning quartz or automatic watches because you have to always remember to wind it, which I think is part of getting to know your watch. At the end of the day when I get home and I remove my watch I wind it. Then, when I’m getting ready to go in the morning I wind it again.
Marlin, my darling: I like looking at the sweeping motion of the second hand even though it’s not the smoothest. I like that it has a small dial at 34mm. I don’t think I would sell it since it has sentimental value as my first watch but there won’t be any need to pass it down to my kids because I hope to have better watches to give them.
My next watch: I’m not sure about my next watch but I’m sure I want to buy a Rolex when I’m thirty.
Last names withheld to allow guests speak freely.