I had trouble deciding what to write about today. I posted a comment in a few of my Facebook groups asking for ideas.
Here is the post I asked the Copywriter Cafe members:
It’s misc blog day.
I have a few ideas, but I want to break from the norm. So I’m calling on this wise and creative group for some new ones.
The first response was from Ed Estlow, a watch writer for Gear Patrol, http://www.gearpatrol.com.
Although I have never met Ed in person, from his posts and comments, Ed has a great sense of humor.
So an idea hit me, and I responded to Ed with this:
Ed, maybe I should write a post about wrist vs pocket watches. I prefer the pocket.
As I have said before, the Cafe is full of encouraging, resourceful, and intelligent people. Not only did Ed encourage this, he also told me he would help promote it. So in honor of Ed….
Thanks to the invention of the mainspring, clocks became portable. The mainspring is the tension spring wound to give the watch power.
The first watch to be worn, was the clock-watch. They were heavy drum shaped cylindrical brass boxes, fastened to clothing or worn around the neck. They only had an hour hand, and were more a decorative piece than a time piece.
The clock-watch was altered in the 16th century to accommodate for the introduction of waistcoats. It was rounded and flattened to fit in the waistcoats pocket. Welcome the pocket watch. Later on, Prince Albert introduced the “Albert Chain” to help secure the watch to the lapel with a clasp.
Where the pocket watch was the style for men in the 16th century, the wrist watch was the growing trend for women. This held true until WWI when tactics had to be synchronized. A simple turn of the wrist and there was the time. This was much easier than digging around for a pocket watch.
Think on this for a minute. Cell phones can’t display the time, how would you tell time, pocket or wrist?
Personally, I am a pocket watch man. Now yes, my phone does have a clock, but when I am on a call, my phone is just that, a phone. I do not use it for anything else.
Some of you may be thinking, what an odd thought, “Cell phones can’t tell time.” I assure you, at one point in time, this was a reality.
Even back then, I had a pocket watch. It was something I won from a fundraising drive at my school. Hell, I still have it, just wish it still worked.
I wish I could tell you who made it, but it is 25 years old, and I used it throughout my high school career. Being it was from a fundraising company, it was a cheap version. I ended up rubbing off most of the decals.
To me a watch is not an accessory for the outfit I have on. It is a valuable tool to help me plan my day. The watch lets me know when its time to move onto the next activity or meeting I have planned.
I find the pocket watch more comfortable to wear than the wrist watch. Simply, because I am not wearing it at all. It is tucked into a pocket. And being it is tucked away, it stays out of the elements and the eyes of pick-pockets.
I was once mugged in Amsterdam. Thankfully, he only got my money. I left my passport and wallet at the hotel. My pocket watch was safely tucked away in my 5th pocket of my jeans. If I would have had on a wrist watch, he would have probably taken that as well.
In high school, I did switch over to a wrist watch, for a whole week. Most kids were wearing them, and as kids tend to do, I wanted to be like them. I was in gym class, and one of the bands lost its pin and the watch fell apart. To me, old reliable is more durable.
Thank you watch for looking out for me. I didn’t really want to be like any of them anyway. Probably the same reason why I still carry a watch.
If you can imagine a world without smart phones giving you the time, how would you like to tell time?