If Your Watch Could Talk

What Would it Say

Even if you only explore your universe within, life is an incredible adventure. But for those who embody the perpetual quest for doing things only imagined, for those who are simply destined to rise to the top, they prefer a timepiece that will never let them down – while making a statement, too.

If your watch could talk, what would it say? Would it tell tales of great triumphs at the pinnacle of your profession, or talk of the tough lessons that come with living life on your own terms? Would it walk us down the road less traveled, ascend to the world’s highest peak, or share discoveries at the depths of the deepest oceans?

Would it dare to explain the scuff marks, dings, and dents it endured all along the way, offering a tangible tour of your life, like hieroglyphic signs of moments that might otherwise never be remembered?

Perhaps most telling would be the moment you decided to pass on your treasured timepiece to a loved one – just as National Geographic Photojournalist William Thompson did this year. For his son Parker’s 30th birthday, he handed down his Rolex Explorer with the hopes that one day Parker would continue the tradition with his own son.

Family Traditions

Maintaining traditions and honoring memories are a way for families to create positive experiences, foster special bonds with one another, and remember their loved ones.

Whether you’re honoring a decades-long family tradition or starting one yourself, heirlooms are symbolic of the legacy our lineages leave behind. Perhaps none more so than the passing down of a treasured wristwatch, this tangible token of the bond between a father and son can be viewed, touched, used, and worn.

Keeping family traditions going also takes commitment and planning. To make sure that those who receive your watch will honor it as much as you have, you also need to be a bit of a preservationist.

Preserve Your Heirloom

That’s where Watchrepair.net comes in. We not only help you take the necessary steps to properly maintain your watch for yourself, but also to preserve it as an heirloom for the next generation.

Our skilled team of service professionals is passionate about the role we play in this process. And with an accomplished CW21 Certified Watchmaker on staff with over 40 years of experience in Rolex restoration and repair, we are confident you will be ready when tradition calls.

The Rolex Explorer

William Thompson spent the good part of 36 years in some of the most remote and rugged places on Earth, with his trusty — and often dusty — Rolex Explorer never leaving his wrist. He could rely on his Explorer because he knew it was not going to let him down. And now he is relying on watchrepair.net to ensure his Explorer is ready for the next leg of its journey.

This is the story his watch would tell.


Through The Lens of William Thompson – From the Himalayas to Namibia and Nepal

I was in a hotel room in Delhi, after completing three major stories for National Geographic: Heart of the Himalaya, Everest Aerials, and The Kathmandu Valley. After living in Nepal for three years, I had many Nepali friends, close friends, and I would miss them. But I was ready for western food and to be somewhere quiet, out of the chaos of Asia. I was on my way home—or at least, that is what I planned.

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Through The Lens of William Thompson – From Kathmandu to the Top of the World

Through The Lens of William Thompson National Geographic Photojournalist & Loving Father Chapter Two From Kathmandu to the Top of the World Thousands of images of the incredibly beautiful Mount Everest – a complete aerial view as seen never before, or since. While serving as a photojournalist for the National Geographic in the mid-1980s, I was presented with a Rolex Explorer as ...
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Peter Perry

Peter is an independent journalist and an accomplished author. He possesses over 45 years of management and business development experience. Peter is a native of Upstate New York and was the founder and CEO of a leading healthcare technology company that served state and federal government agencies and several notable Fortune 1000 companies across the US. Prior to founding his own company, he was employed by the IBM Company in sales, marketing, and support positions. He has extensive management and entrepreneurial experience in a variety of business sectors. He has participated in special management programs such as the Entrepreneurial Program at The Wharton School of Business and the IBM President’s class at Babson College. He has authored three books on computer technology and writes an independent news column and has consulted with and provided management assistance to organizations large and small in a variety of industries. He recently completed an authoritative Novel “The Union” which is scheduled for release in February 2022 by Archway Publishing (Simon and Shuster). It is an in-depth look at the corruption within organized labor and their criminal relationships with the mafia and politicians. Peter can be reached at…Peter@HugoDogood.net Your comments are invited.


William Thompson

Life and Times

With an a Master of Fine Arts diploma in one hand and an Anthropology PhD in the other, William Thompson discovered a way to parlay his passion for mountaineering into a fascinating career as a photojournalist – using the camera lens as his ultimate “paintbrush.”

Thompson worked for 12 years with National Geographic, having created the first and only complete aerial coverage of Mt. Everest for the magazine. Other exotic assignments involved traveling via yak train through the Bhutanese Himalaya, living with pygmies in deep of Africa, and photographing the Asian elephant on its tragic path toward extinction.

His commercial image work includes major campaigns for Wells Fargo, Leo Burnett, Starbucks, Marlboro, Boeing, United Airlines, Intel, and Holland America.

Today, Thompson lives in a 90-year old log home near the waters of Puget Sound – and still finds adventure in climbing. Fee free to reach out to William via the following points of contact:

William Thompson Photograph/Film
15566 Sandy Hook Rd. NE
Poulsbo, WA