Two days ago, I turned 29 years old (to help you out, I was released in 1977). When I was a young kid, I remember getting a hand wound watch from my parents. But I never wore it. It had a small round case and a canvas strap. My first ‘real’ watch that I really wore was a Casio. It was in the time of the first G-Shocks. But these G-Shock models were too big for my little wrists (I was a skinny little kid, almost hard to believe now.. :-)). I also remember getting my first Casio as well. My parents bought it from me when we were on a holiday in the UK. I think they had it for sale at Dixons. Not sure though. I still have it, and it even runs perfectly. After that first Casio, I had some more digital watches. I also remember that I always looked at watches from other kids. One of my friends had one with a video game. Another one had one which could measure your pulse rate. And I still remember buying a digital watch featuring a calculator. Everyone had one. Anyway, when it became 1989 or something, I needed a Swatch. And that was the end of my Casio era 🙂

A few years back (2003), I bought this Casio G-Shock re-edition. It is a ‘re-edition’ of the first model G-Shock. Exactly the same one as I witnessed in the windows of ‘Dixons’ (or similair store) in the UK. With a bit of help of the G-Shock Forum, I pushed myself to buy this one. I think I paid a mere 150 USD for it.

So I now have 2 Casio watches. My first original one, and this re-edition of the G-Shock. I probably have more of them in a box at my father’s house somewhere, but I am not going to look for them anyway 🙂

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Anyway, maybe because I am from the Digital Generation :-), but I always have a weakness for nice digital watches. Although I probably will never buy them (the 150 USD was more then enough to spend for me on a digital watch), I really like the Omega Speedmaster X-33 for instance. Or the Breitling Aerospace on a brown leather croco strap. Also, the Seamaster series from the early eighties called ‘Multifunction’ were quite nice.

Recently, I started to like the digital Ventura watches. The design is original, and the scroll button is quite intuitive. However, at a starting price around 1000 USD, I will leave this one alone as well. It would probably end up in the same drawer as my two other digital watches. Although you never know…

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Robert-Jan Broer

Founder & Editor at Fratello Watches
Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • Alan From New York

    You’re scaring me.

    The Aerospace was the first “nice” watch I desired. (After years of waiting for improvements, I finally got an Avantage about three months ago.) I already have an X-33 and was generous enough to get the Ventura V-Tech Alpha.

    So what am I wearing today?

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  • Hmmm, we all seem to share love for the same digital watches. Although not owning a Casio G-Shock, I do have the Breitling Aerospace, the Omega X-33 and the Ventura V-tech Alpha.

    Among my other digital quartz watches are the Omega Seamaster ‘Albatros’, the Seiko Final Fantasy, the Heuer Microtimer (is that the right type indication?), and a few gadget watches like Casio’s with tidal information, thermo-, pulsi-, alti- and/or baro-meters, and even a fish finder!

    To be honest I never wear one of them. Only the Breitling Aerospace and Omega X-33 see the light sometimes for a very short time. I don’t know what it is with these watches, but I sure like owning them anyhow…



  • Hans

    My first watch was also a digital Casio. After more than 25 years, I’ve bought myself a second quartz just today: A Seiko Sportura SLQ015 (the one with the three separate subdials). It looks very nice although I do not think I will buy another digital watch or quartz again in lets say the next 25 years from now…

  • Martijn

    Never owned a digital watch when I was younger (aside from a cool watch on which you could play Super Mario Bros) but at a later age I did got myself an Breitling Aerospace. Still a magnificent watch, and an excellent design.

  • Interesting, I was born in 1973 and share a rather similar history. My first watch was a hand wound Anker kid’s watch. I actually used it though. Then I got a digital Timex (video game included) from my parents until I had to switch to Swatch, as you needed one to be with the crowd. I kept the swatch as my main watch for nearly ten years.

  • Robert Ryan

    Can you please e mail me at // // an let me know where I can buy a VENTUTA V-TECH ALPHA.
    With Thanks ,