Did you know that you can still buy a wind-up watch? I remember when you couldn’t buy anything BUT a wind-up watch. It’s hard to effectively convey the amount of responsibility that you felt when you got your first watch.
First off, most of the watches had glass faces. Not only did this make them susceptible to getting scratched, it could also crack and /or shatter if you weren’t careful. And being a kid, you had to really be mindful of your arm now that it had a watch on it!
Next – you had to wind it! If you didn’t do this, it stopped running – and it did so by slowing down – so you would unknowingly be late because you forgot to wind your watch. It was VERY important to remember to wind it at least once a day!
Also – they weren’t cheap. If you got a watch as a gift, it was a gift of substance.
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I remember that one of my first watches was a beautiful silver trimmed Timex with a deep burgundy face that made the black hands really pop. It had a genuine dark leather wristband to boot! I felt like a million bucks when I wore it and it helped me feel more confident, too.
I had some great watches growing up, but eventually the world advanced and cheap Casio watches with batteries that were small and lasted forever came in mass supply. And they were digital with LED crystal displays…and black plastic wristbands. Winding watches was a thing of the past, akin to if you are reading this on an IBM 286 with a 7" amber monitor.
And, I know I said that you can still buy them, but I would guess you have to look for them… does anyone have one?
Did you have a cool wind-up watch growing up?
– or – have you never even heard of such a thing?
– or – the big question – Do you even wear a watch? They definitely seem to be vanishing from the wrists of our youth now that phones have evolved…