What a great story. And I love how you've embraced the watch for what it is designed for (and always was).... there are some things (watches, cameras, lenses, jewelry, cars etc...) that are investments and others that are highly perfected works of industrial design that are meant to be used for the purpose they were created for. I personally love when these types of things develop their own patina. When they become an extension of our own life story. And it's clear that your PAM has now moved into that space. Congrats. Enjoy the watch, enjoy the memories and don't stop making them with your wife!
All the best from Canada,