Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, “My First Grail Watch”. In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we’re speaking with Scott Devon, the founder and Creative Director of Devon Works. While today he’s best well-known for his belt-driven watches, his roots start with the “classics”, courtesy of his father and grandfather.

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aBlogtoWatch (ABTW): Who are you and what is your relationship to the watch industry?

Scott Devon (SD): My name is Scott Devon, Founder and Creative Director for Devon Works and Devon Tech Labs based in Los Angeles, California. We are best known for creating the now iconic Devon Tread 1 in 2010.

ABTW: When did your fascination with watches start?

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SD: My Grandfather collected watches, pocket watches, clocks, and music boxes. And my Father was a Rolex Man. I inherited their pieces and recall with fond memories their love of timepieces.

ABTW: What was your first grail, and why were you drawn to this watch?

SD: My Father gave me his favorite gold Rolex “Jubilee” as a gift for obtaining my Master’s degree. He then purchased the Rolex “Presidential” for his personal watch. He engraved my name on the back which was and is very special for me.

ABTW: Do you still have the watches? Or have you moved on to something else?

SD: Yes, I’ve retained all of my watches and just added Maximillian Büsser’s Music Box to my personal collection. But of course, I mainly wear my brand. I’ve retained all of the serial number 1’s that we make and rotate wearing them. However, we are always working on new designs that won’t be made until a year or two from now, so my mind is always on the ones to be made and wondering how soon I can get them produced!

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