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April 15, 2015

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Gary

For your two Citizen automatics (CGT, CGTS), you already have watch ninjas to service them in the same town where you live.

Angelo

Hitting the proverbial nail on the head. Maybe we secretly (or not so secretly) want and/or NEED the anxiety and drama to function.

Ulysses

I think thrill-seeking behaviour is a part of human nature, and we have a tendency to obsess over certain things that will provide us with those strong emotions. We'd get more than our fill of that living on the plains of Africa and dodging lions on the way home after having stalked an antelope to exhaustion for 30 miles (some bushmen still do this - talk about job satisfaction).

For the most of us, that life style is dead and gone but if you really think about it, there are plenty of careers and occupations that people are drawn to that are substitutes. Context is everything. If you understand that there is a risk, you don't have to be chased down by wild animals to get that stimulation. The suggestion of risk, even if it is no longer a direct risk to your life, is enough to stimulate. That banker who is trading millions of dollars on a risky venture, holding the lives of thousands of working people in his hands, is probably getting off on the power he knows he holds over them. Gambling with our resources can be stressful but also exciting.

They say there can be no light without darkness, and perhaps there can be no thrill without that anxious build-up. The anticipation while waiting for a new watch to come through the door must become overpowering at times. Picking that scab you know you shouldn't, flirting with danger, risky sex - I think it all contributes to scratching the same singular itch.

Having said all that, while I am just as fond of thrills as the next man, the main reason I enjoy mechanical watches is because i'm fascinated with all things mechanical, and also how things are made. Some may say I have an unhealthy interest in CNC and 3D printing machines, and if there's a show on TV explaining how they make engines, i'll watch it without hesitation.

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