Watch Disasters is a new series on Time+Tide that describes, in chilling detail, incidences when owning an expensive watch goes wrong. This is not going to be comfortable reading, so prepare for the pain. Admittedly, this is a bit of a soft start. The 'prodigal' in the title gives it away. If you have a watch disaster with less of a happy ending, feel free to tell us*about it at nicholas@timeandtidewatches.com * I actually lost this watch. I have a collection of watches, and I hide them in different places. This watch, I forgot where it was for a good three years. I turned my house upside down, and I couldn't find it. I reached a point where I had to emotionally detach and move on from it. But because I didn't realise it was lost for a few months, that somehow made it better when the realisation came that I couldn't find it. That's fine, I thought, I've lost it. OK. Then I had a brainwave. Before I hid it, I was going away on a trip. It will be in my travel bag! I ransacked the bag, but no watch. Some time later I was actually going on…

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