Well it doesn't come with a sunroof.....

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  1. The Electric Me

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    Recently, a watch I had worn for literally decades of my life broke.
    I found myself watch shopping for the first time, in a long, long time. I pretty much wore the single watch I had, almost all the time.

    You know what struck me?

    The amazing similarities between "Watch" shopping and "Car" shopping.
    The psychology applied in both buying and selling the watch is very similar.
    First you decide what size watch you want.

    Small-"sub-compact"
    Medium-"All purpose Sedan"
    Large-G-Shock-Size- "Monster Truck".

    Then much like many vehicle choices, you embrace what "life style" you want the watch to represent to yourself and the outside world.

    Geeky-Digital Watch with Calculator-"Nissan Cube".
    Sporty-Because you live life on the active edge...."Sports Car".
    Dress Watch-Luxury Vehicle. There are some places you won't want to wear it or park it. But it is comfortable and looks great.

    It may be of interest to Prius owners that I ended up with a Hybrid of watches. A "solar" digi-analog. Supposedly sunlight will keep the watch battery charged....indefinitely. We'll see how that works long term.

    But really, if you want some of the same "fun" of vehicle purchase? But don't want new car payments? Go buy a watch. It's a lot cheaper and somewhat similar experience.
    And you won't have to negotiate a deal or have a salesperson go back and forth with his manager to get the best price.

    And in the end? You'll know what time it is to either catch the bus or expect your Uber ride.
     
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    I stuck with "dress digital" style for decades, and yeah: they are HARD to find. Digitals nowadays seem to all seem to be cumbersome, silly-looking black plastic these days, the running shoe of watches. Ugh.

    Anyway, maybe a year back, I'd misplaced my latest, somewhere, and casting about, took another look at my (departed) Dad's Omega, his retirement watch. Embossed on the back it says for employment between 1945~1970; I believe he mentioned he started a lot earlier, but there were some breaks. Anyway:

    This watch, with an old-school stretch band, was always way too loose on my wrist. Big shoes to fill... It's never occurred to me, over the years since he died, in 1989, to try to resize the band, give it a try.

    But my "dress digital" was no where to be found, so I watched a few YouTube videos, and managed to open up the band, remove a few links. And hey, it works. No battery, no winding, just a few shakes and it winds itself. The radioactive elements on the face have faded, doesn't glow in the dark to speak of anymore. It's slightly fast, every week or two you want to knock it back a couple of minutes.
     
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  3. Trollbait

    Trollbait It's a D&D thing

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    I only wore a watch regularly for job it which I needed to track time, but there were no clocks in the labs.
     
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    i didn't know people wore watches with the advent of phones. except the new connected.
     
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    Trollbait It's a D&D thing

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    2k1Toaster Brand New Prius Batteries

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    Most watches I see command prices in excess of what I paid for most of my vehicles... I am apparently looking in the wrong places.
     
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    Like I said, I hadn't shopped for a watch in a long, long time. I was kind of amazed at the world I discovered. You can just about pay whatever you want for a watch, from literally less than $7 to literally multiple thousands of dollars. There are easily watches that can exceed the price of vehicles.

    I ended up, over the course of about a month, buying 4 different watches. My favorite thus far is a Timex which cost less than $40.
     
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    2k1Toaster Brand New Prius Batteries

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    And quite a few that rival small jet aircraft...

    Oh well, I hate having stuff on my wrist. I type on a laptop all day and wrist straps just bash into my laptop wrist pad area and pinch my wrist.
     
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    I agree with you that buying a watch can become a substantial endeavor.

    I've recently delved into watch wearing, which is a first for me in my life. It occurred to me that the automatic watch mechanisms are very appealing. The number of jewels, the brands that are most revered, and the idea now that I want to add this thing that will be strapped to my wrist as a regular part of my daily ritual.

    So far I haven't spent more than two to three hundred dollars on each of the two I now own. One is a Seiko, and the other is an Orient, which I have to say is the best of the two. Both have windows on the back face, where you can see the internal mechanism/movement. They're also rated to 100 meters water resistance, which means they can get wet and you don't have to worry about them. Some day I would like to own an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M.
     
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    I haven't worn a watch since the late 1990's. The car has a digital clock, as does the computer, the cell phone and various household appliances. Wherever I have worked there are always clocks on the walls. Besides, there is always someone around to tell me when I am late...
     
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    " I have less patience with someone who doesn't wear a watch than with anyone else... " -Malcom X


    Well I can't argue that in todays world with cell phones, computers, NOW the ever growing future of "smart watches", things are changing. You certainly don't NEED a watch to keep track of time anymore.

    But for me? When my watch broke I was so use to wearing one that it just didn't feel right.

    I personally hope, that despite the fact that we may of already reached a point where a mechanical or digital, "watch" is not a necessity as far as a chronological tool, we continue to produce them and embrace them.

    If for no other reason than I like watches.

    I hope that their popularity, which does amazingly still exist, continues.

    They may be the future, but I'm a dinosaur in a way. I'm not a huge fan, nor do I own a "smart" watch. Tools of which, time keeping is nearly the least of it's functions. But with all that "smart" watches can do? They may be what is primarily on peoples wrists in the future.
    Then I suppose I can tell stories of a time when watches were actually wound up like mechanical toys, and most offered all the information of basically The Time...and The Date.

    But I'm with Malcom X....
    I'd like to see watches, and watchmaking continue....by any means necessary.
    I like watches...because I like watches.
     
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    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

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    Substitute "smart watch" with "fitness tracker"...and yup, I'm ashamed to say............."that's ME!"
     
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    Yup, I alternate between Timex, and a ... CASIO:

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    i have a bunch of old watches, no idea what i'm keeping them for.
     
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    My recent through the looking glass journey into the world of "watch collecting" and I'm going to say, check those watches out. I discovered that some very unassuming, pedestrian looking "vintage" watches can have some jaw dropping value.
     
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    How about... fountain pens?
     
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    My dad's watch:

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    (The window used to be scratch-free. :()
     
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    omega, sentimental and real value, priceless!
     
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    i have a pocket watch i bought in switzerland in 1972. thought it might have some value, but only about 50 bucks.
     
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