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The Gamboa Family

Contents

About:
The Gamboa Backstory

Timeless Moment:
Taking time for family

Connecting
LIV as inspiration

The Watch:
GX Diver Full Lume

Early development

WWI and the interwar years

David Gamboa was born in Peru and moved to Guatemala when he was seven years old. His father was in the Peruvian Air Force, served as a flight instructor for the US Army, and founded a business selling medical supply products sourced from Peru. His mother was born in Switzerland, which influences David's taste in watches to this day.

Extensive travel and growing up with stints in the United States when his father worked there gave David his English. He also inherited his father's business acumen, studying in Guatemala and earning a Master's degree in Business Management.

In five short years following Bleriot's flight, Europe and most of the rest of the world was plunged into the horror of WWI. Dirigibles and observation balloons were still in use but eventually succumbed to the rapidly developing airplanes. Watches and compasses now served to guide bombers to targets to deliver their ordnance as accurately as possible.

The airplanes of WWI were often hard to control. That meant the pilot was ill-advised to take his hands off the controls to retrieve his pocket watch. The same value that leads Santos-Dumont to seek a solution carried full force into combat.

Most aerial combat during WWI occurred during the day due to lack of proper instruments and lights. Bad weather almost always grounded the planes of the time. So watches did not need large quantities of luminescence. The just needed to be easy to read. Therefore, the iconic black dial and large contrasting Arabic numerals became standard issue.

As a result of experiences in WWI, U.S. Navy captain Philip Van Horn Weems designed an independently adjustable seconds ring. This feature allowed pilots to accurately synchronize their watch with a radio time signal without stopping the sweep seconds hand. Although "hacking" watch movements to allow everyone in a combat unit to synchronize their watches to the second, the practice could result in throwing pilots off course, ruin missions, and risk the airplane and crew.

Following his successful trans-Atlanic flight in 1927, Charles Lindbergh collaborated with Weems to develop the Hour Angle system which further enabled the wristwatch to determine longitude.

The German military specified a design that set the standard for what we think of as a classic pilot's watch today. By 1936, aviation advances allowed airplanes to fly at all hours and in foul weather (although grounding in severe conditions was common). The result was the Beobachtungsuhr (B-Uhr), or Observer.

"LIV is all about family. The brand has grown as our own family has grown. We truly view our fans as part of our extended family."

- Esti Chazanow

Co-Founder at LIV Watches

Timeless Moment: Taking time for family

David's family is driven by hard work. Not only does he work in his small business, but his wife is also a professional dietician who puts in just as much time. She is so booked, and her next available appointments are weeks away.
 
But, they also realize life is what happens when you're busy making other plans, so be present. There's beauty in the mundane. The little moments in between the bigger ones, they're brief, but last a lifetime. The fleeting smiles, the warm embraces, time that is spent and not wasted. LIV for the moment. Only after we disconnect can we reconnect with what matters most, family.
 
Their twin sons were born at 31 weeks. As David points out, "When they were born, they were in the ICU, and my wife was also. My whole family was in the ICU. It was very stressful. Sometimes we can forget about that, and we need to enjoy each moment."
"They are 2.5 years old now, and there's something new every day. At the end of the day, I go to sleep and am so excited to see them the next morning, seeing them smiling."
 
"We do value the time we have with our family. We try to spend as much time together as possible. Weekends are family time from the end of Friday to the beginning of Monday, and we always try to spend time together, even if it's something small, like having lunch outside or bike riding; I think it's important to leave work at work."
 
"It's so complicated now with so many of us having to work from home, but it's important to differentiate. The challenge for us working from home, the confinement we've experienced through covid, and getting the children used to wearing masks, have all been challenging. We cherish our family time together and try to spend as much of it as we can."

A passionate and fulfilling life

"I am passionate about cars and motorcycles, and always have been," says David. "And, I love speed. For example, let me give you a funny anecdote. I had just gotten my driver's license, right around when I was 16. I was able to drive a BMW a friend of my father owned. I got it up to 90 km/hour. I was thrilled and didn't hesitate to tell my Dad." When he heard my exploit, he said, "Just remember, I have been at supersonic speeds." He had flown the F-15, an achievement that put my BMW adventure to shame.
 
"Driving motorcycles give me true happiness," he continues. "Guatemala has beautiful, gorgeous scenery, and whenever we can, we speed around on the motorcycle. We just got a new car, and I am already thinking about tuning it up to see how fast I can get it to go."

I share David's obsession with speed, as do so many of our fans. There's a natural affinity between such an obsession and an obsession with timekeeping and watches. In fact, the LIV Rebel-AR, our racing-inspired collection, beautifully celebrates that obsession!

- Chaz Chazanow

Co-Founder at LIV Watches

Connecting: LIV as inspiration

David is nothing if not precise and focused. He had made up his mind to purchase a mechanical automatic timepiece that had the following attributes:
  • Swiss-made, to honor his mother's country of birth
  • Use sapphire crystal, for durability, learned first-hand
  • Exhibition case back to show off the intricate mechanics of the watch
  • Equally at appropriate in casual and formal settings
 
The GX1-A was the perfect solution, ticking all his requirement boxes and doing it with style and value.
 
What does he think of his LIV investment? "I love the watch and wear it every day. What drew me to the LIV brand, their entrepreneurial spirit." As he says, "My wife and I both work so hard at what we do, in our small companies, we still have that entrepreneurship spirit. Almost everyone is an entrepreneur these days, but when you can truly be an entrepreneur, you start to understand the struggles and how hard it can be."

The Watch: LIV GX1-A FULL LUME

Movement
Sellita SW200 Swiss Automatic 26 jewel Élaboré grade movement with date, 40-hour power reserve

Case
High-grade 316L stainless steel

Dial and hands
Multi-layer sandwich dial with applied indexes and stenciled numbers, steel sword-shaped hands with BGW9 luminescence

Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, sapphire crystal also on skeleton case back

Crown
Screw down with LIV logo enamel inlay

Water resistance
100 meters (330 feet)

Dimensions
Case diameter: 42 mm
Case height: 11.6 mm
Lug width: 22.0 mm
Height with Lug: 50 mm

Contents

About:
The Gamboa Backstory

Connecting:
LIV as inspiration

Timeless Moment:
Taking time for family

The Watch:
GX1-A Full Lume

Early development

About: The Gamboa Backstory

David Gamboa was born in Peru and moved to Guatemala when he was seven years old. His father was in the Peruvian Air Force, served as a flight instructor for the US Army, and founded a business selling medical supply products sourced from Peru. His mother was born in Switzerland, which influences David's taste in watches to this day.

Given the fact that Santos-Dumont was a regular participant at the airshows of the day, other pilots exhibited one of the earliest known examples of wrist envy. As a result, the pilot's watch soon became a "must-have" instrument in the cockpit. And, not just for "keeping up the the Santos-Dumonts" reasons. Advances in powered flight were enabling planes to fly further and faster. With a reliable watch and a compass, pilots had the tools they needed to calculate time-speed-distance, determine when to move to the next leg of a flight, judge how much fuel was left, and generally be safer in the air.

Pilot Louis Bleriot wore a Zenith wristwatch when he made aviation history being the first to fly an airplace across the English Channel in July of 1909. Taking advantage of the feat for marketing purposes, Bleriot commented upon landing that he was very satisfied with his Zenith and would recommend it to others. The records are unclear on the point of Bleriot's comment being spontaneous or rehearsed.

WWI and the interwar years

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- Chaz Chazanow

Founder at LIV Watches

Advances during WWII

French watchmaker Zenith continued to manufacture their pilot's watches. Striking a neutral stance, Zenith sold its watches to both the Allies and the Axis. They used their 1939 Type Montre d"Aeronef design as the basis of their wristwatch. It featured the black dial and white arabic numerals with the large onion-style crown at 3 o'clock.

The United States did not produce a purpose-made pilot's watch. One of the most widely produced models supplied to American forces was the A-11. Manufactured by Bulouva, Waltham, and Elgin, the watch featured the required high-visibility black dial with white Arabic numerals. The manually wound movement featured a hacking function for synchronization. Some A-11s were waterproof, some were dust proof, some had luminous hands, , and some did not. All had a larger crown at 3 o'clock, but not in the onion style.

Postwar evolution

Extensive travel and growing up with stints in the United States when his father worked there gave David his English. He also inherited his father's business acumen, studying in Guatemala and earning a Master's degree in Business Management.

Timeless Moment:
Live a life less ordinary

David's family is driven by hard work. Not only does he work in his small business, but his wife is also a professional dietician who puts in just as much time. She is so booked, and her next available appointments are weeks away.
 
But, they also realize life is what happens when you're busy making other plans, so be present. There's beauty in the mundane. The little moments in between the bigger ones, they're brief, but last a lifetime. The fleeting smiles, the warm embraces, time that is spent and not wasted. LIV for the moment. Only after we disconnect can we reconnect with what matters most, family.
Their twin sons were born at 31 weeks. As David points out, "When they were born, they were in the ICU, and my wife was also. My whole family was in the ICU. It was very stressful. Sometimes we can forget about that, and we need to enjoy each moment. They are 2.5 years old now, and there's something new every day. At the end of the day, I go to sleep and am so excited to see them the next morning, seeing them smiling."
 
"We do value the time we have with our family. We try to spend as much time together as possible. Weekends are family time from the end of Friday to the beginning of Monday, and we always try to spend time together, even if it's something small, like having lunch outside or bike riding; I think it's important to leave work at work."
 
"It's so complicated now with so many of us having to work from home, but it's important to differentiate. The challenge for us working from home, the confinement we've experienced through covid, and getting the children used to wearing masks, have all been challenging. We cherish our family time together and try to spend as much of it as we can."

"LIV is all about family. The brand has grown as our own family has grown. We truly view our fans as part of our extended family."

- Esti Chazanow

Co-Founder at LIV Watches

A passionate and fulfilling life

"I am passionate about cars and motorcycles, and always have been", says David. "And, I love speed. For example, let me give you a funny anecdote. I had just gotten my driver's license, right around when I was 16. I was able to drive a BMW a friend of my father owned. I got it up to 90 km/hour. I was thrilled and didn't hesitate to tell my Dad." When he heard my exploit, he said, "Just remember, I have been at supersonic speeds." He had flown the F-15, an achievement that put my BMW adventure to shame.
 
"Driving motorcycles give me true happiness," he continues. "Guatemala has beautiful, gorgeous scenery, and whenever we can, we speed around on the motorcycle. We just got a new car, and I am already thinking about tuning it up to see how fast I can get it to go."

"I share David's obsession with speed, as do so many of our fans. There's a natural affinity between such an obsession and an obsession with timekeeping and watches. In fact, the LIV Rebel-AR, our racing-inspired collection, beautifully celebrates that obsession!"

- Chaz Chazanow

Founder at LIV Watches

Connecting:
LIV as inspiration

David is nothing if not precise and focused. He had made up his mind to purchase a mechanical automatic timepiece that had the following attributes:
  • Swiss-made, to honor his mother's country of birth
  • Use sapphire crystal, for durability, learned first-hand
  • Exhibition case back to show off the intricate mechanics of the watch
  • Equally at appropriate in casual and formal settings
The GX1-A was the perfect solution, ticking all his requirement boxes and doing it with style and value.
 
What does he think of his LIV investment? "I love the watch and wear it every day. What drew me to the LIV brand, their entrepreneurial spirit." As he says, "My wife and I both work so hard at what we do, in our small companies, we still have that entrepreneurship spirit. Almost everyone is an entrepreneur these days, but when you can truly be an entrepreneur, you start to understand the struggles and how hard it can be."

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua."

- Esti Chazanow

Co-Founder at LIV Watches

The Watch: LIV GX1-A FULL LUME

Movement
Sellita SW200 Swiss Automatic 26 jewel Élaboré grade movement with date, 40-hour power reserve

Case
High-grade 316L stainless steel

Dial and hands
Multi-layer sandwich dial with applied indexes and stenciled numbers, steel sword-shaped hands with BGW9 luminescence

Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, sapphire crystal also on skeleton case back

Crown
Screw down with LIV logo enamel inlay

Water resistance
100 meters (330 feet)

Dimensions
Case diameter: 42 mm
Case height: 11.6 mm
Lug width: 22.0 mm
Height with Lug: 50 mm