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ticking away the moments that make up a dull day...
Have bought a watch for the first time in many years. And it will be the first time I wear one for quite a few, ever since... I bought a gen. 1 iPod touch back .. whenever that was, when they came out, years and years ago already. It still is true that I don't think a watch is necessary if you always have on you at least one device (more commonly two or three) that tell you the time, but still. There are occasions when it is more handy -argh! more convenient to just raise your hand and look at your wrist instead of pulling an expensive toy like a smartphone out of your pocket. And a £30 Casio is certainly not an expensive toy. I actually like how it looks but it is still a big lump of black plastic with 'Cheap' 'Casio' written on it.

It did take me all of ten minutes to figure out how to change the time, set the home city (it then sets its time automatically), etc even though I had the user guide in front of me. I had to download the .pdf of the damn thing anyway, I can't read that small. Great fun in a slightly spooky sort of way to see the hands moving of their own accord to the correct time when you set it digitally (I'm easily amused, you see). It's supposed to be submersible -will I dare take it swimming with me? Or would that be the end of a short retro experiment?

It all reminds me of that short piece by Julio Cortázar where he recounts his being given a watch as a child, look after it, it is a good make, which condemns him to be careful, to wind it up every day (it was the '50s, cut us some slack), compare it to the other boys' watches in the playground and go and fight over that, and conclude in the end that he hadn't been given a watch for his birthday -he'd been given to the watch for its birthday...

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lovelybug From: lovelybug Date: August 2nd, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hah! Like the Julio Cortázar bit!

I like watches. Go through phases with them - need to be able to afford a pretty one. Last was a D&G one that looked like a wrist cuff - purchased when I still earned a whole load and could splash £90 on a pretty watch. Leather has now totally corroded and unwearably broken cos any watch of mine has to handle being worn in shower, bath etc...
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: August 2nd, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don't think I've had many watches 'de buena marca' (of a good name brand). I always had kind of mixed feelings about those gadgets and felt that I liked them but that there was something in that quip of Cortázar's -if you weren't being given to the watch for it's birthday,, in any case you were an offering in the altar of the world, to the mechanism of the world and of human society, all its cogs biting you and moving you onward. Or around....
glensc From: glensc Date: August 2nd, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had my cheapish Casio for about 5 years now, partly chosen as it's solar powered and in so means no need to break the waterproof seal to change the battery.

That Cortázar piece sound like something I'd like I might try to track it down, thanks. Sort of in return it's made me think of something I think you'd rather like yourself.


The Great Clock was a the piece that I recall standing out, from having read it about 35 years ago, though I was only a young teenager so suspect there were themes in the others that I didn't really appreciate as well.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: August 2nd, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glen: Thanks! that looks interesting, I'll be checking it out:)
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