While Tiff was looking at some jewelery, I was looking at some watches.
Very few Automatics out there now. All quartz. It’s a shame, really.
Quartz watches have close to zero collectors’ value. Saw a bass
ackwards Automatic ‘divers’ watch today. It was a Rado, 300m, but it
did not have a rotating bezel, had a small, hard to read face, yet had a helium
release valve. Just to let you know, helium release valves are only
used for truly hard core diving, where you breath a helium/oxygen mix.
The watch was $1150 and ugly as sin. I think it was this model:
Some people love Rado. I think they are ugly and overpriced. Rado was the pioneer in scratch resistance, but is it the most important feature of a watch?
I think almost all modern watches above $75 are pretty tough now.
Disjointed, drug influenced post below:
Tiff bought me a lovely mechanical Seiko watch a few weeks ago as an early Christmas present. Living with it for a month has really given me respect for mechanical watches. I used to wear a hand wound watch for several years, somewhere around 1989 to 1993. I remember I bought it at Target. It don’t remember the brand, but it worked well until it was lost during a snow shoveling experience outside my second apartment. I found it the next spring, but by then, it was rusted and ruined. I am sure if it was a Seiko it 1) wouldn’t of come of my wrist (strap failed) 2) if it did, the Stainless Steel body would not of rusted.
I remember when I was a kid, bugging Mom and Dad to get a watch. I wanted a analog watch. At the time, it was probably 1986 or 87. Everything was digital. I eventually found an all black, I believe it was a Casio Quartz, plastic watch. It was my first analog quartz. I wore that watch for years until one of the plastic lugs cracked. To this day, I can’t buy a plastic watch, no matter how cool it looks. I think Mom and Dad probably paid $30 or $40 or more for that watch, which was no small sum 20 years ago.
Back to my current watch. I really do enjoy wearing an automatic watch. It is much more ‘alive’ than my other watches. I still watch the second hand sweep across the dial. I like the fact it will probably outlive me, and I can pass it down to Glenn some day. The watch is starting to settle down, it is about +10 seconds a day fast. It was about 15 seconds a day fast in the beginning. I kind of like the fact I have to reset the time every now and then. Now I realize, you really don’t need super exact time. +/- 1 minute isn’t going to kill you.
Ahh, drugs, sweet drugs.