Editor’s Note: Here’s the start of the watch discussion, expecting many comments and subsequent posts to follow.
I know, Timex. Everyone knows Timex. Here’s my Timex.
You can tell this has taken the licking. It is about 20 years old. Here is why I don’t wear it in the winter. It is smaller in terms of face – the website says 38mm which must be true but it wears smaller than that for sure. The website also says that you can engrave it. That would make an excellent gift. Though, this is a Timex Weekender as well:
This is probably the best looking watch I own. It is from the late 80’s maybe early 90’s:
So this is definitely my suit watch. I wore it when I got married, AND when I got divorced. Both were formal occasions. The mineral crystal is what really gives away the mid-level quality, you catch this watch at the wrong angle and you can tell you are not wearing a Cartier. BUT. The design of the face is so on point, the hands and second hand are both blue (I will work on a better picture) and remember, amortize this watch out over 30 years and we are at about $6.50 a year – and now it has so much sentimental value that I am truly thinking of getting a sapphire crystal in it. If you know where this can be done, my email is HERE. Or just write me. It is always good to put my email up. This is the one job where getting emails from people is enjoyable. When I started this gig I got a few notes about being alone in being funny about Ivy – NOT SO MUCH. The emails I get are way funner than the emails I write.
Those two watches are quartz. Let’s dig into automatic watches for a minute. Here are the automatic watches I have owned:
There is a picture of me on New Year’s at an Undisclosed Location with this watch on and I am with a lady, and the watch is probably bigger than the lady. I traded it in after that picture for this watch:
I didn’t get this watch for the same reason most guys get this watch. I got it because I saw a picture of James Hewitt, yes, that James Hewitt, Prince Harry’s father (I mean come on. And this is no disparagement at all. I am A HUGE Prince Harry fan, much to a lot of chagrin everywhere. I think he is brave for his public facing stance on mental health, and I think he is brave for moving his family. But I also think James Hewitt was his father) with the watch on in Town And Country. And Diana or not, the man looked so good in it.
Speaking of people whose paternity is not absolute, Ronan Farrow had the best line when asked about whether Frank Sinatra was his father. He said, “Isn’t Frank Sinatra everybody’s father?”
There were other watches along the way, but those are the headliners, and the Rolex got me right up to where I started getting sick. There was a summer there where I had to sell my watches and my car. We got through, but suffice to say that resale on a Rolex is not as advertised.
As we climbed back, I made a moralistic revision to my watch wearing in terms of what I was willing to wear on my wrist versus what I feel compelled to donate to my non-profit. Thus, a ceiling was born, and a problem created. My self-imposed budget did not allow for the quality and aesthetic that I wanted. Until one day. Meet the twins.
The watch on the right is a Citizen Professional Diver – and my go to watch for the summer. When we were digging back out the first credit card my family got was for Macy’s, and I saw this watch and was gifted it. It is a watch we couldn’t afford then, which makes it even more valuable now. It is huge, ugly, and perfect. But unless you spend your summers in the water like I do, it is probably a bridge too far.
In which case, let me introduce you to my every day watch, the Citizen Brycen. Here is a better picture, but read the caption:
The watch sells for $280 on the Citizen web site. It has a sapphire crystal so it plays in the major leagues, it is Eco-Drive so I (and you if you buy one) never have to worry about winding or batteries or anything) and you can wear this watch with everything except your formal wear. Eco-Drive is amazing, the sun powers the watch, it is accurate within like a minute a year, and it operates flawlessly.
At any rate, I know watches are a big discussion item, I thought I would just get us started here.
Have a great weekend – JB