Just a short off topic post because I thought it was an interesting “hmmm” breakfast topic.
I’m chatting with a bud at work this morning, Robert, and I noticed he was wearing one of those big manly watches, one of the ones with the fat faceplate and the big dial with the radium twist, the kind that’ll say somewhere on it “waterproof to a depth of 500 fathoms” or some crazy shit.
And in a land-locked state like Minnesota, that was good enough for me to give him a ration of crap, but that got us to talking about watches.
I noticed he was wearing the watch, mostly because I just don’t see many folk ever wear them anymore.
I used to have a dive watch myself, one of the same sort of big stainless ‘butch’ watches, they were a big thing in the ’80s. Of course, I actually dove with the damn thing, but that’s not why I had it. I had it because it was a big manly watch.
The reason I threw mine in the trash is I made the mistake of wearing it once around some salty old dogs who reamed me for it.
It turns out, fledgling little diver that I was, that I did not know barracuda will attack anything that flashes in the water. Like, oh… the light flashing off moving stainless steel in shallow water.
So yeah… the stainless steel dive knife, the stainless regulator surfaces, the dive watch… bad ideas. Crap.
Somehow, the idea of swimming along minding my own business, and suddenly having a barracuda attacking my wrist sounded like a BAD IDEA.
Anyway, we’re joking, and I ruminated on how I just don’t see too many folks that wear watches anymore. Cassie wears one, but I haven’t worn one in over a decade, at least.
I have one, a dress one for getting all gussied up, but I haven’t even gotten that out of my tackle box in years.
Oh yeah, I keep all my small loose items in a tackle box. You know, Marine Corps tie tack, gold watch, gaming dice, palm dagger, bookmarks with pretty pictures, the usual loose crap I don’t want getting lost in the cushions of the sofa.
So, end of story, Robert and I are laughing, and I mention I haven’t worn one in years. And I say, “If I need to know what time it is, I just…”
And Robert finishes my sentence with “… look at my cell phone.”
Damn near everyone carries a cell phone nowadays. And one thing about cell phones, they all have a display that shows the time. Why wear a watch if I am going to carry one in my pocket all the time anyway?
Unless it’s just a fashion thing, dress for success, that sort of thing. Like those stupid Swatches from the ’80s. Maybe important people in social circles I have nothing to do with still wear fancy Rolexes all the time as status symbols.
Anyone else noticed this?
Maybe I’m just full of it or deluded, but that’s what makes it a breakfast topic, it’s something to speculate on.
But how wierd if an entire industry selling portable timepieces were losing market share and facing dwindling profits because a seemingly unrelated market, the mobile telephone market, were replacing your products.
Just seemed kind of funny, an example of a side effect of proliferating technology that no one in the ’80s would have ever predicted, not with the big watch boom of ’84.
Anyone remember Swatches? Big ass macho watches? Digital calculator watches? How about video game watches with their own little plastic joysticks? The ’80s made it seem watches were exploding in popularity.
Maybe they still are, I’d be curious to know.