When I was in junior high, my first watch was a Timex round face watch. It had a classic silver dial and a black leather band. I saved up the $ 12 to buy it. To upgrade the watch, I bought a Speidel twist o flex silver band for $ 6 with the following Christmas money. Maybe a style in 1965 was wearing a watch on the inner wrist like Andy Rooney. I don’t know, but some of my school chums and I wore it like that too for a while.
I’ve always liked pocket watches. My first was a Westclox bullseye for $ 1.95. I wore it occasionally in high school with a makeshift key chain fob in my pants pocket. When drafted into the U.S. Army in 1971, the poor watch didn’t last a week into basic training. The wife bought me a Swiss modern quartz pocket watch in 1984, which I’ve worn on occasion since. It keeps perfect time, but it is really beat up. Pants pockets are no place for a pocket watch, since pants no longer have watch pockets.
I also have a gold pocket watch that was my grandfather’s. My mother never let me use it because it was too good to use. It’s about 130 years old and keeps perfect time, because it was never used. I’m sure it’ll find its way into an estate jewelry store when I pass on. Hope the next guy uses it.
As far as women go, ladies used to pin a miniature version of a pocket watch to their lapel or left side of their blouse. I have a picture of my grandmother wearing a watch on her left coat lapel. (I still have her watch, it’s never worked in my lifetime, it is 18K gold.) Another estate item.
Rest in peace, Andy. Just thought I’d add a few thoughts.
Wearing a watch facing inward that way never seemed very logical to me. Every time I would rest my arm on a table or a desk I would be rubbing the watch face on a hard surface. Guaranteed to scratch it up eventually.
Always seemed like an affectation. Like deliberately leaving buttons undone on your sportcoat sleeve.
I should also mention the importance of a 3-2 roll when “going commando”.
Comment by David J. — November 10, 2011 @ 12:24 pm
I don’t buy the watch/commando theory. Sorry.
“Commandos” *may* have worn their watch that way, but that has little to nothing to do with the average civilian jerkoff who chooses to also do that . It serves no purpose other than affectation. Which is what Rooney admitted.
One wonders why some English spend inordinate amounts of time aping Americans, insisting their clothes all say “Made In USA” on the label, and ironically chastising anyone else who doesn’t follow their made-up rules about how they imitate Americans. Style or affectation? I vote affectation.