Whether it's flashy or unassuming, you can tell a lot from a man's watch. Here, we bring you a glimpse of horological inspiration from a top tastemaker. In this edition: Tumi creative director George Esquivel and the watch that he received as a 19 year old from his then girlfriend, who's now his wife.
The Subject: George Esquivel
The Watch: Seiko Divers
The Details: "Over the years I've owned several watches, but my favorite is a Seiko Divers that was given to me in 1989 on my nineteenth birthday by my girlfriend, who's now my wife. We were talking about our childhoods one day and I told her the story of how in 1983 I saved up all my lawn-mowing and dog-walking money to buy a Seiko Divers watch. At the time the price was $125. Shortly after that my father took it and pawned it, most likely for drugs, but at some point his conscience must have got the best of him and he returned it to me, only to take it away again a few years later—and I never got it back. My wife remembered this story and purchased the same type of watch for me."
What he likes about the design: "This type of watch is what got me started on the mechanical and automatic aspects of watches. I'm also in big fan of simplistic designs, and this watch is very simple."
How he styles it: "I make my own straps for all of my watches, so I have many, from alligator to hand-dyed vachetta. I mainly make my straps in the NATO design, which allows for easy removal depending on what I feel like wearing that day."