This has to go down as the most incredible story we’ve heard in all four years of Talking Watches. This Omega Chronostop belonged to Alton’s father, and was on his wrist on the day that he passed away in 1973, when Alton was just 10 years old. Alton’s mother eventually gave Alton his dad’s watch, and one day while in college, Alton’s apartment was broken into and the watch was taken. As you can imagine, he was devastated by the loss of his father’s watch and he never stopped looking for it.
Some two decades later, Alton located the very watch that was stolen from him – in an Ebay listing. Thanks to his father’s meticulous record keeping, he was able to confirm that this now heavily worn watch was indeed his father’s, and he went about purchasing it. He then found a watchmaker to provide NOS OEM parts to return the watch to the condition in which he remembered it.
This Omega Chronostop that once belonged to his father is one of his most prized possessions, and he wears it often, citing the one-minute chronostop function as being very practical for him, because of the one minute legs he’s used to flying while in a holding pattern.