1. From where does your interest in watches originate?
Many horologists have an interest in either clocks or watches but hardly ever both. Most watch collectors also concentrate on modern wristwatches, whereas, my interest in horology rose as a result of my fascination with a certain inventor from 300 years back named, John Harrison. John Harrison started with working on wooden clocks, then moved to metallic nautical clocks and ended in the perfection of his two types of watches. Which, therefore, explains my dual interest in clocks and watches.
2. What was the first watch you owned?
As a small boy, growing up during and in the shortages in the aftermath of the Second World War, I was a teenager before I had my first watch. It was an inexpensive Timex that served me well — if only erratically — until my 21st birthday, when my parents presented me with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The following summer I went on the 1958 Cambridge Spitsbergen Expedition and was away in the Arctic for 100 days. My Rolex never left my wrist, whilst man-hauling sledges — Scott style — or using hammer and chisel to extract fossils and paleomagnetic rock samples. On returning to the UK, my watch was exactly 100 seconds slow, which was simply fantastic! I still wear that Rolex of mine on special occasions.