At some point in my life, I started to wear a watch. I have vague memories of the very first watch I owned, I think it was a Timex much like the one on the right.
It was replaced by an Orange faced ‘divers’ watch with a rotating plastic bezel that fell off a lot.
As far as I can remember that was replaced by a digital watch, I think my first was a Commodore.
This watch was a small, but battery hungry, technological marvel. It was accurate to within about a minute a year, and when you pressed the button it would tell you the time in glowing red numerals.
I think that the first battery lasted about a week.
Eventually technology progressed, the LED watch gave way to an LCD one that had considerably better battery life. It also had some functions that became addictive. The stopwatch that could measure hundredths if a second was absolutely amazing. The alarm less use than it could have been.
Over the. Why few years I had every technical watches. But multiples time zones have little use when you are a teenager.
On starting work I bought myself a watch, it was a very, very pretty Seiko analogue quartz Chronograph. This was, as the time the state of the art of analogue quartz watches and it cost me something like a months salary.
I wore this watch for many years.
I would sometime swap to a Swatch, but I would fall back to the Seiko.
Eventually I got my first high end watch. A Tag Heuer 2000 series watch. Soon after I got a TAG F1, then a TAG S/EL. Sadly the 2000 and the F1 were sold eventually to fund a cot for Sam. Luckily I held onto the S/EL.
As I gained more watch budgets I added other watches. A Deep Blue, several more Seiko watches and an awesome TAG F1 Indy 500, and then an Apple Watch.
Somehow I returned to a technological watch. I even used it as a digital watch for a long time.
I like it a great deal, but it has no soul.
As of a couple of weeks ago, I am back to an analogue watch. I sort of miss the notifications. But really, truly it is much nicer to wear.
I will still wear the Apple Watch for gym and other workouts. But I am back to proper watches.