Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watching in Self-Defense

My wife refuses to wear a wristwatch. Rings. Earrings. Necklace. Yes, yes, and yes. Watch. No.

In spite of multiple watches purchased, including a gold Seiko and enough Mickey Mouse watches to fill every position on a baseball team, she refuses to wear a watch.

And whenever we're together, she'll inevitably ask me, "What time is it?"

Now the thing is, it takes no more effort to say "Twenty after four" than it does to reply "Look at the clock." Further, the latter answer is apt to earn an eye-roll or a sigh, plenty of which I get even while trying to be nice.

And so her six-times-a-day request wasn't really troubling at all until I stopped wearing a watch after the battery on my little Seiko ran down. I use my cell phone. Of course, using the cell phone means dragging it out of my pocket, and so now the question from her of "What time is it?" grows slightly more complex.

Another thing to consider is that I like watches. I have a Seiko, a Swiss Army Wenger, a Fossil, a Swatch, an antique Logines, and several Casios. None of these watches has a working battery. The Longines, of course, is a stem-wind, but it's too valuable to wear anyway, not only in the monetary sense but also sentimental.

Batteries now cost $15 around here, installed. The little Casio pictured above cost $8.97 via Amazon.

And so I watched in self-defense, having grown tired of digging into my pocket.

I thought I might want another, let's say, collectible watch, and so I've been browsing around the web. Rolex, of course, even the cheap ones, are out of my league, but having hit some of the fancier watch web sites just to look at what I can't afford, I've been getting email advertisements for timepieces like Tissots (nice stuff, if you've got five hundred bucks to spare), or Tag Heuer (we're approaching Rolex country here), or Breitling (again, Rolexville), or even Citizen (with the "Eco-drive" we're well into three figures again).

The funny thing is that the little "cost-less-than-a-battery" Casio keeps as accurate time, I suspect, as some of the "can't-afford-it" timepieces.

And it has the added benefit of not looking/feeling/weighing like a clock on my wrist.

I strapped it on last evening after the UPS guy dropped it off, and my wife walked into the room and said, "What's that?"

"A watch. A little Casio. Cost less than a battery for my Seiko."

"I need," she said, this girl I love, "to start wearing a watch."

I hope I haven't wasted nine bucks.

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