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January 6, 2016

Life in America: I feel naked without a watch

I feel unclothed without one, even wear it to bed.
Often, business people like expensive ones, to demonstrate that they know how to make money. That's fine - it's jewelry for men, like ghetto glitz, but it does not say much about how wisely they spend money. I had a semi-fancy watch once but it died and the parts were no longer available. Now I am a Timex guy. -Bird Dog @ Maggie's Farm

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Two Timex watches in 25 years. Most expensive one cost fifteen dollars. One broken while working construction, other still runs great. Hasn't lost a minute in five years. Had to replace battery last year. Do not know why i still wear one, but then i still miss using phone booths for some reason.

Posted by: Neither more nor less [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 9:51 AM

I bought an Asus Zenwatch 2 smartwatch last year with some birthday gift money. I have two or three Timexes, two Pulsars (one solar powered, the other the classic Railroad-Approved model), one 36-year-old Seiko that my wife gave me for our wedding, a Saint Moritz "Momentum"-label Pathfinder-model titanium watch that my wife gave me for our 25th anniversary, and two Wengers.

Finally, I have a sub-$10 Walmart, Chinese made watch that is not even splash resistant.

I like 'em all, but the cheap Chinese watch keeps time as well as all the rest, and none surpass the Timexes in accuracy.

The smartwatch is the exception, since it time syncs with my phone, which in turn syncs with the Verizon network "system, time," which originates with the National Institute of Standards and Time's atomic clock. At worst, the Asus is one or two seconds off, since the watch does not sync continuously.

Posted by: plus.google.com/104841162830331053592 [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 9:52 AM

Though I have 2, in a dresser drawer somewhere, I haven't warn one since the mid 80's, probably never will again. There is simply nothing important enough to know the time down to the exact minute, and I know within about 30 minutes what time it is all the time any how.

Couple years ago I sold a 40 year old Fortis Mariner, that I bought in Germany, on ebay to a guy in France for $3500. I had no idea it was worth that much. I only paid about $200 for it way back when. He said it had 23 jewels or something. Whatever.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 1:24 PM

I still remember the excitement I felt 50 years ago when I received my first wrist watch on my 7th birthday. It was a Timex boy scout watch. Nothing fancy and I still wear a wrist watch and carry a pocket knife continually.

I'm wearing a Timex as I type. "Timex, Takes a licking and keeps on ticking". I prefer the old style analog over digital display. I've been a big fan of the "Indiglo" feature for years. Almost always purchase the Expedition series watches with a leather band. I'll replace the batteries and leather band 2 or even 3 times before I decide I want something different. I recently purchased another Seiko self winding watch. I've owned several Seiko's over the years but mostly only wear them on special occasions. This one is no exception,....to fancy for everyday use and no Indiglo feature.

Posted by: vichris [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 1:30 PM

1 of the 2 in my dresser is a Seiko bought in the late 70's. The one with the gold face and the ring is red white and blue, silver with silver band. It's self winding I think. Been so long I have forgotten.

The other is a Timex, self winder too, silver, silver band, black face.

Now, the sun and moon are my clock, and the trees are my calendar. When the sun's up, get daytime stuff done, when the moon's up, get nighttime stuff done. I like simplicity.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 7:11 AM

Timex for me too. My wife once bought me an expensive Italian watch for my birthday a couple of decades ago and I said, "Gee honey, I was always happy with my cheap watches."
Well, sad to say her gift lasted about nine months and my average cheapo Timex lasts 3-5 years.
Yeah, I have no jewelry, no tattoos, and although I have a full head of hair I shave it myself about every 2-3 weeks to 1/16th on an inch.
I like the simple life.
She loves me and that's good enough for me.

Posted by: Speller [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 11:04 PM

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