Deciphering Weird Watches

This site has advocated owning at least one weird watch – a timepiece with  an unconventional time display. I doubt I’ll ever own one. I’m too practical. I want to know the time without being puzzled. However, playing contemporary archaeologist – deciphering weird watches – is an irresistible, sometimes infuriating, challenge . . .

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Date Windows – Vive La Fenêtre de Date!

Our dear publisher recently posted a provocative article entitled The Date Window Must Die! The “new normal” lockdown world (est. March, 2020) has left him in a stupor over what day it is. Casa de Montecristo is open every day and the computing machine will help him get the New Watch Alerts up on Friday, so who cares anymore? When it comes to date windows on watches, I do . . .

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GEORGE Pocket Watch Review

I’ve bought anachronistic items like the GEORGE pocket watch before. My intent: to be a “fedora” (a.k.a., a pretentious, attention-seeking ass). And then I found myself developing a deep appreciation for the sensibility of bygone accoutrements. And became even more annoying as a true believer zealously trying to convert others that the seemingly obsolete is, in fact, superior to the modern . . .

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Casio F-91W Full Review

Jack Baruth clued me in to the Casio F-91W. “Most luxury watches can’t match an eleven-dollar Taliban graduation watch for accuracy,” Jack wrote. Sure enough, Wikipedia’s Casio F-91W entry has a subsection entitled Usage In Terrorism, cataloging the model’s popularity as an improvised explosive timer and ubiquity among terror detainees . . .

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Timex Easy Reader Review

The Timex Easy Reader asks a question: do you remember your first watch? Not the first good one, nor the first one you bought. Your first ever timepiece. I was around seven years old. It was a little silver-colored case analog with a white dial and a black “genuine leather” band. A gift from my grandmother. It wasn’t heirloom quality, and almost certainly bought from a department store . . .

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