Electronic Vice Mechanical Watches, And Class

November 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

November 20, 2015

First let me say that I consider this to be inevitable.  I’ve been wrong before, but this is based on the tendencies of those who wish to consider themselves the elite, the percentage of one percent.  Their first impulse thus is to–attempt to be contrary to the mob, the pack, whom they generally will term “the herd‟ and “sheep‟.

Those are inept terms.  The herd does not rend and kill; only the pack does that.  It’s conceivable that there are those among us who could be aptly characterized as part of the herd; oddly enough most wear suits.  If they dared enter the pack they would be either fodder or bait, most likely the latter.  One of them characterized me as collecting welfare because I’m a disabled veteran; I tried to post that here and succeeded on Twitter.  I wonder how he’s doing; I haven’t heard from him since.  Veterans can be a nasty lot.  I’ve wandered.

Apple, Google and Lord knows who might have come out with their clever electronic versions of watches.  They even keep absolutely accurate time!  That was a true innovation around 1973 when a friend of mine got one of the very first LED watches for far, far too much money.  I simply cannot see the virtue of a watch that is a phone, but I’m dubious about phones.  Cell phones are an abomination, a mix between party lines and suicidal idiots who always have the right of way.  (Party lines were a sort of phone connection, not a drug.)

There are also a great many people who actually like mechanical watches, or even would-be clever watches like the automatic kind, which merely wind themselves.  Some, like those of Stauer, even manage to be [extremely] affordable and still have quality.  Bear in mind that they are just not to be compared somehow to even Bulovas, Citizens or Seikos. [Bear in mind too that there are extremely high-priced examples of each that by report are well worth the money; certainly the low to mid-range ones are.]

Somehow the Apple Watch, even in GOLD and encrusted with diamonds…doesn’t compare with a Stauer Automatic, let alone (say) a Movado Zenith.  These are relatively inexpensive watches–the very most expensive of the first is from 1K USD to 25K (there are sales, it’s a genuine tourbillon); the second is generally valued at around 2.5K USD from what I can find.  The modern automatic movement watch has the movement visible from the back as well, which means a lot of intricate gears with the jewels, yes, noticeable.  In fact, they’re bigger than some of the diamonds sold as jewelry in department stores.  Mind you, the jewels found in watches tend to be synthetic, especially the big one that’s the crystal.

At the very same time that there is a movement toward the blue-toothed contingent (and bionic entrance into IoT, so to speak, with all its perils intact), there is going to be what amounts to a retro movement.  A great deal of it will simply have to do with the beauty of a mechanical movement in a watch as opposed to a battery and very few mechanical elements if any.  (Most have some, if only to adjust the time.)

As a personal note, I wouldn’t have one of the nouveau watches.  Each to their own, hers or his.

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