It is safe to say, based on anecdotal evidence (from observation in real life and of television characters), that many of us do not wear a watch these days. We have developed into people who check their smartphones very often and in that context, timepieces do not seem like a necessary accessory anymore.
We have become less attached to our watches.
But from time to time, old habits come visiting again, and despite the reality (where watches are superseded by the digital display on our phones), I find utility in a watch.
I remember the very first watch I splurged on (when I was about 20 years old), and the Seiko Kinetic watch I replaced it with when I started working. There were then a few romances with several watches in the years that intervened, including two which my mother bought me (when I decided I need a slim, rectangular watch dial and when she decided I wanted a rose-gold bezel). I gave up on the Seiko Kinetic reluctantly when I found that it required me to wear it every day if I wanted to keep it working reliably.
Recently, I was in the market again for a watch and was very keen on a Seiko one. I wanted something simple, with a black/white face and plain black leather strap. (I found out that crocodile leather straps were de rigueur.)
You might ask, why Seiko? For me, it is because my dad wore one Seiko watch from the time I knew about watches, up to the time he did not require a watch anymore (when he got sick, and subsequently passed on). That Seiko watch he told me he bought for a princely S$60 and had to be manually wound. It frequently did not tell the correct time, and I remember the sound it made when my father was winding it.
So to me, it is a form of remembering, a manifestation of missing him.
Different watches remind you of different periods in your life, most likely, and this, a digital display on your smartphone cannot do or replace.
I eventually bought a M&Co Bodoni watch (pictured) because it was everything that I wanted, and it had such a darling typeface for a watch. I thought it fit to have something to mark a relationship that was simple and happy. I thought it a fortunate happenstance that this watch resembled the Casio watch I bought for my other half.
What is your timepiece story?