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Article By: Logan Hannen

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to define one of the terms that watch geeks tend to take for granted when conversing with those new to the hobby: “grail watch.”

Now, for a lot of you, this term isn’t just one you’re familiar with, but one you’re constantly in pursuit of no longer having to say. In a lot of ways, the aspiration is to find our grails such that we can stop having one. This may not always work out, but it’s definitely something that we’ll discuss a bit more in another article. Regardless, it’s time to actually define this common watch-geeky term and put to bed once and for all any of the debate surrounding what does or does not constitute a grail.

Depending on who you ask, there are a few different things that a “grail watch” might be. For many of us, I think, we use the term to define a piece we lust after and don’t plan on selling. The best example of this I can come up with is my own desire to own a Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue. It’s a piece I simply wouldn’t sell because I promised myself that it would be my first luxury watch, and it’s going to mark a special occasion when I do finally purchase it. It isn’t the rarest or even most desirable piece, especially in the Rolex pantheon, but it means an incredible amount to me, and will mark a moment when my life has become radically different.

For others, though, a grail watch might represent a piece that is so rare and desirable that, upon finally owning it, they no longer think their collection can be improved. Think of it like this: if you were totally enamored with the Paul Newman Daytona, and you were finally able not just to afford one, but to own one because a situation presented itself, and you made that purchase, what else is there to add that could make your collection better in your eyes? That’s the grail mentality of a lot of people, and I can totally see it.

For that reason, I tend to think that a grail watch is exactly what you make it out to be. You could have grail pieces, which fall into that first description, and then the “holy grail” of pieces, which would fall into that latter description. It isn’t necessarily about monetary value, but rather what the piece means to you, and for that reason, your grails really are more emotional than anything else. But don’t go getting too emotional, otherwise you may forget to keep it classy, watchfam.