Ah, the mechanical watch

December 09

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.


Posted by on December 9, 2007 in General Comments, Watches


4 responses to “Ah, the mechanical watch

  1. Ron

    December 10, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    If Puerto Rico taught me anything, it’s that “stainless steel” does not mean rustless. I’m not surprised that the watch rusted in the salty-snow conditions.

    I have a variety of stainless steel stuff (carts, food processor blades, etc) that got rusty in PR. And we didn’t live near the ocean! That warm, away-humid air really gets to stuff. Electronics and books get messed up really quick.

  2. Dave

    December 10, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Very true. At my last job we did salt fog testing, and stainless often rusts at the weld lines. The dead watch did not claim to be stainless, or even water resistant, so it was very dead.
    Anywhere there is a weld, a sharp line or cut in the steel is an opening for rust. The act of cutting or stamping the steel can change the chemical properties to make it no longer rust resistant.
    I know my other Sieko (on a sweaty wrist) has show no signs of rust or pitting after 5 years. Pitting is very common, even on good stainless steel.

  3. Ron

    December 10, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    On a different note, here are a couple of clock kits (electronic):

  4. Dave

    December 10, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    I love the Nixie and the wooden clocks. Nixie tubes are fun to work with, except for the high voltage. But, you you need some Raygun Gothic, it is the way to go.


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