I bought a pack of gum from the vending machine at work yesterday. As I reached my hand through the small trap door, I was careful not to scratch my watch.
Then I realized I wasn’t wearing a watch. And I haven’t worn one for about three years.
I began wearing a Swatch watch my girlfriend in high school game me. I’d never worn a watch each day until then.
They were only thirty bucks, but Nordstrom sold them alongside the more expensive brands. They became a fashion accessory nearly everyone could afford. Some kids wore several on each arm.
I was so taken by the trend that I purchased multiple “Swatch Guards” to keep my $30 watch safe from the dangers lurking around every corner of my school.
Over the years I’ve purchased better quality watches. But I never enjoyed replacing the splintered bands or scratched crystals. I probably would have been better off buying a new Swatch each year.
Look around today and you’ll notice that few people the age of 25 wear a watch. I have no need for one now that I carry my iPhone everywhere I go.
I wouldn’t mind owning a spiffy Tag Heuer model someday.
But only if I could find a Tag “guard” to protect it.