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Do you wear a watch? Why or why not? - Mark's Journal
Do you wear a watch? Why or why not?
I liked fabunobo's post with the above question, not least because it sparked some interesting discussion here and on Facebook.

My watch found its twin!I do. As a kid I was in the digital watch, and then even calculator watch, phase. Before there were iPhones whose screen resolutions nearly match those of our HDTVs, with built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers for game play, the second generation of calculator watches had "games" that required you to push the calculator key corresponding to the symbol flying across the screen before it got to the other side.

Now I wear an 11-year-old Swatch Skin, super thin and light, without numbers. I can just glance and know what time it is; no need to take anything (like a cell phone) out and push a button to look. I'm periodically tempted by fancier, more complex watches, but haven't really had a compelling need to buy one. This one, which I bought in the Madrid airport in April 2000, may just last forever. I take it off every night before bed, and put it on every day when I get dressed. The only exception is that I take it off when I get to the site of a proper vacation where the exact time doesn't matter, like the beach houses we've rented on the Outer Banks, and don't put it back on until it's time to leave. Or until the hurricane warning and evacuation order arrive.
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pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: January 31st, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I stopped wearing a watch a long time ago, initially because I was too fixated on what time it was. Or possibly because the watch stopped working properly. Or maybe it was that the band broke. In any case, I cannot find a watch I like so I haven't gone back to one. I am still resentful of the need to know what time it is, though.
blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: January 31st, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't wear watches, and I haven't in a long time. I find watches uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time -- I get real sweaty under the metal, and I don't like it. If I had been able to find a watch/band combination where the band extended under the watch, I might not have given them up.

I have occasionally tried pocket watches, but I also find them hard to keep track of. Since I have gotten use to carrying my cell phone everywhere, it works as a timepiece for me. And I don't have to set it.
sskipstress From: sskipstress Date: January 31st, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have two watches from Fossil that have the band under the case. These are leather, but I've seen a few nylon-strap sports watches from other companies.
kaitl From: kaitl Date: January 31st, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for an idea for my 365 photo today!

I wear a watch and have for as long as I can recall. I don't like having to dig around for my phone to look at the time... much rather just glance down at my wrist. I got the watch I'm wearing these days for Christmas last year and it's cool because it's solar powered so no battery replacement necessary! My previous watch was very similar to my current one and I'd had it for about 5 or 6 years. It was pretty scratched up as you might imagine.
jerronimo From: jerronimo Date: February 1st, 2011 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
funny. i just mentioned Swatch in a twitter post this morning.

Somewhere, i have my clear jellyfish swatch.

I also have the older version of this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/6a17/ which I wear occasionally.

But generally, i use my iPod or computer titlebar clock.
excaliburca From: excaliburca Date: February 1st, 2011 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm 50/50 on watches. I blame Mark for turning me onto a Swatch Skin :), and I've found it the most comfortable watch I've worn and about the only one I can really tolerate on my wrist for extended periods of time. But I only tend to wear it 1/2 the time. I do make sure if I'm going to be in an office situation I wear it; apart from my wedding ring it's about the only other piece of visible jewellery I wear.
callusdew From: callusdew Date: February 1st, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to wear a watch all the time, but recently, I only wear one when I dress up.

In my line of work, I've scratched or broken more watch faces or bands that it stopped making sense to wear something on my wrist.
retrev From: retrev Date: February 1st, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Generally I do...been too lazy lately to get the battery changed so I've been using my cell phone. It's quite an annoyance however as I spend a lot of time in classified areas at work where I can't bring a phone.
From: dblaser_ca Date: February 1st, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, can't wear 'em. They feel odd and uncomfortable.
mistressarafina From: mistressarafina Date: February 2nd, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't worn a watch in at least 10 years. I am a klutz and was always scratching the faces of them. Once I had to carry a cell phone for work, a watch became a moot point.
zercool From: zercool Date: February 3rd, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Any place where I *must* know what time it is, there's a giant clock on the wall. The rest of the time, I probably don't care too much. I have one. I wear it when I think I should. The rest of the time, it sits on the night table.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: February 18th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Almost time for a watch again

I'm not sure how realistic my memory is, but I think I started wearing an analog watch in middle school, because we were being herded around less. We still had bells to change class.

I wore an analog watch consistently up until sometime when I was working for MacK, when I switched to a clock at my desk. I think when they started ringing bells, like in school. Ugh.

I went back to wearing a watch when I ran the jewelry store out in SC.

I stopped wearing a watch when I had Anna, because time moved way too slowly to have to keep track of it. I do have to have analog clocks in the kitchen, bathroom and living room, even if I don't wear a watch.

I still haven't gotten around to wearing a watch yet, but I will soon. And a have a few very nice watches, all analog.
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