After the success of our Mother’s Day stories this past May, we figured it was time to let the dads of the HODINKEE community get their time in the sun, too. We reached out to readers, writers, and enthusiasts far and wide to hear how fatherhood and replica watches intersect in their daily lives. Read on for some lovely little stories – and add yours in the comments below and we might feature it later this week.
Christopher Perry, Twinsburg, Ohio
One positive of the Pandemic is that we were fortunate to spend more time with our children than ever before. We know each other better now. One thing they’ve taken notice of is my watch collection. They like to tap the Mickey Mouse on my Apple Watch and click the light on my Casio G-Shock. But for several reasons, my go-to piece for dad-duty is the Rolex Datejust 116233 replica with champagne dial. It was handed down to me by my late uncle and Godfather, a man I love and respect. And, if I’m being honest, a man I wish I knew better. The luxury copy watch, when I received it, was equipped with a two-tone jubilee bracelet. And while endlessly gorgeous, it just wasn’t my style, as I didn’t feel comfortable wearing something so flashy on a daily basis. So, I swapped the bracelet for a leather band from another piece in my collection. Since then, I’ve worn it daily while working from home and hanging with my kids.
Through the pandemic, the Rolex fake has been a daily reminder to live the life that I want to live. A life that my children can be proud of. A life like my uncle lived. Finally, to my pops: Happy Father’s Day.