Aside from being a Friday wrist shot, this picture at the book store this week has a back-story I’d like to share.
A few weeks ago, while at the same store, I approached the cashier with the usual bundle of watch magazines. The young lady quickly asked, “Do you collect watches? I’ve always wondered what a good watch looks like…are you wearing one?” Oh great...I was sporting my rubber Timex. After confirming my collector’s status, I had to promise to show her a real watch next time.
Jump forward a week and change locations to our home. Tonight’s fare on the classic movie channel was a 1947 film starring Ronald Coleman as The Late Mr. Apley. It was a tremendously fun spoof about an old-school Bostonian pillar of society as he struggled to maintain the family’s dignity with his newly-adult children circa 1912. His daughter was studying the works of Mr. Freud and began dating a Yale man of all horrors, while his son took up with a “foreign” girl from the next county.
While Coleman tried his best to steering his daughter towards a Harvard man, she insisted that her love for the other was more important. Coleman launched into a lecture that “love” was inconvenient for dynastic planning and she should substitute collecting something. Why, his sister had the best collection of moustache cups in these parts and he himself had probably the finest collection of Chinese figures in the country.
While I hastily dismissed any Freudian link between watch collecting and the sublimation of other desires, the incident at the book store resurfaced in my thoughts. So, if I collect to enjoy the objects themselves, why the heck don’t I wear them more?
A few days ago I was back at the watch store, this time wearing a “real” watch. Too bad the same cashier wasn’t working. Regardless, it felt good to take my treasure out for some fresh air. I think I’ll resolve to do it more often during 2009.
Please share your stories of chance encounters with other watch enthusiasts out in the "real" world!
BTW, thanks for all the advice on a choice of strap for the 4178; it now sports a nice chestnut alligator band .