I too am a chess player, Topspin. There is of course Paul Morphy's watch, the dial of which still exists and is in the NAWCC Museum. Paul Morphy of New Orleans, who may have been the greatest American chess player of all time relative to his contemporaneous peers, reportedly pawned the gold AT&Co Grade Waltham Model 1857, which was given to him by the Manhattan Chess Club in 1859, in Paris when he needed money there. While it would be fascinating to own that watch, Morphy's sad personal story would temper my enthusiasm. He spent his last years in an insane asylum.If I could go back in time, I probably wouldn't find much time for buying watches. Rather, the main focus would be to scoop up a copy of all of the greats from the history of chess when they were each at the peak of their powers. Then bring them all together and hold a big tournament to sort out, once and for all, who was the best.
It would be interesting to compare the watches that they were each wearing / carrying. Maybe this could be offered as an organised entertainment between rounds.
You could do a similar exercise with boxers, tennis players, racing drivers, football teams, etc.
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