Saturday, August 20, 2011

Time For A Change

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

For the twenty years or so, I've worn the same watch.  Well, it's not the actual same watch, but the same style watch.  I wanted something I could see on the fly, that was silver in tone, and was battery operated.

I was very happy with the first couple of watches which simply wore out (broken thingys that hold the band), or met an untimely end.  (Flying off my wrist when I had my arm out the car window on a very hot day with no AC.)  But these last two watches have not been all that good.  I suspect they were made in China.  They not only don't keep good time (something you expect from a Timex), but they eat batteries for lunch.  The first watches wouldn't need a battery for 2-3 years.  I've had my current battery for less than six months and it's time for a change.

In fact, it's time for a BIG change.  This time out, I want something a little more feminine.  Maybe a watch with a bracelet band.  It's still got to be easy to see the time on the fly, but it's also got to be a bit prettier.

I haven't even begun to look for one and have a feeling I may not just be able to walk into a store like Target and say, "That one."  But ... there's a new watch in my future.

What kind of watch do you wear?


16 comments:

Margy said...

My son bought me a new watch on his European cruise with his grandmother. It is a Citizen and is solar. No need for battery replacement just wear it in sunlight and if there isn't enough sunlight (like in winter) several hours under a light does it. Very cool

Dru said...

I have a Casio digital watch and haven't had to replaced the battery for the last two years.

They don't make watches like they use to.

Sue said...

I use my cell phone to tell time...I like you can't find a watch I like or want to spend the money on. I keep telling myself I'm going to get watch, but just never find one I like

Laineshots said...

Timex--just like the one pictured! I too have worn that style watch for the past 20 or so years. I don't tire of it though, because I do vary the style a bit, and the bands. I'm currently wearing a silver link-bracelet style with an oval pink face - also Timex, also with the Indiglo nightlight (which I insist on). I really like this one. I bought it maybe four years ago at the now-gone Timex Store at the mall.

ev said...

I saw recently our Timex store is gone also. Very sad.

I have a Timex that is twenty years old that was my uniform watch- it still works and I love it.

I also have a collection of watches for all different occassions. Some with bracelets, some for holidays, dressy, play.

And I use my phone.

Barbara said...

I wore a beautiful Elgin for probably 20 yrs.; high school graduation gift if I remember right. Then I went to Timex. My current one is almost masculine looking but I like it. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to have battery problems with it like you're having. Since I don't have a cell phone, I depend on it but maybe I'll go to Casio next time.

FirstOfMay said...

I can't find the kind of watch I wear anymore. I was wearing Timex Ironman with a metal stretch band. I liked the digital display, light, and the metal band made it easy to take off and put on. But for some reason, you can't find the one I like anymore--ANYWHERE. It drives me nuts. So I've been going without a watch. Luckily, I don't really need one because I always have my phone with me anyway, and that has the time and date.

Books by Heather said...

or met an untimely end.

Totally cracked up at that line.
I have several watches and hardly ever wear any of them. Mostly just use my cell phone.

I can see you in something vintage--maybe a watch from the 40s or 50s...

LORNA BARRETT (aka Lorraine Bartlett) said...

LOL--Actually, I have a gorgeous copper/bronze Art Deco watch that my Dad got in a box lot of watches. He used to fix them (and clocks) and he had it restored for me (at great cost--much more than the watch was worth). But I only wear it on special occasions as its rather delicate. Obviously, this watch means the word to me. I couldn't wear it every day for fear of breaking the glass (which is a really odd size and might be impossible to replace).

I need something for every day. I am NOT kind to my watches.

FirstOfMay said...

UPDATE! After reading your blog about watches, I went to Walmart's website again. I did a search on women's digital watches with expansion band, and I didn't expect to find anything. Lo and behold, there was ONE that was close to the kind I usually wear, and it had all the features I was looking for. I am a very happy girl right now! I just hope it lasts longer than the other watches. The buttons always seem to go on mine. I was smart, though. I got a 2 year service plan. :)

Katreader said...

I need numbers I can read, a comfortable band, and something that can stand up if I get in a tussle. (My work can be quite physical.) I really liked a watch I got at Target for $12-worked well for a year or 2 and the battery started to go. I decided to get the exact same watch. I did. I wore it once and water got under the glass and I can't see the numbers. Grrr. Right now I'm wearing an Eeyore watch with a navy leather band.

Chris said...

Unless I am out for a run with my Garmin watch, I simply do not wear one anymore. I use my cell phone for a time keeper..I never really liked the feel of a watch on my wrist so when I started regularly carrying a phone, I quit wearing a watch.

Suzanne said...

I love watches. Have about a dozen if not more. The receptionist where I work gave me for two different Xmas's watches with mulitple bands. I ended up giving one to my mother and splitting the bands with her. My current watch for a few years is a Fossil. Today I found another one in my room that I had forgotten about. My favorite is a square mood watch that has a 1/3 inch piece of glass on it. It has to be close to 20 years old if not older. I only wear it to weddings.

Good luck with the search. I have been looking lately, just want a change.

Vickie said...

I have two watches, my 'good' watch which is a Seiko. It's automatic, no batteries, motion of my arm swing keeps it wound. It's 'dainty' and 'ladylike' which is what DH likes to see me wear.

My 'rough' watch is what I wear the rest of the time. It is a man's watch, a battery eatin' Timex like in your pic. It has Indiglo so I can see how much longer a movie is going to go or much longer I get to stay in bed til time to get up.

I also have a bag of watches that I love and need to get batteries for. Several Mickey Mouse, a Scooby Doo, and Bugs Bunny.

Debra said...

I have three. A Timex on a chain, mostly to wear with my hand-knit sweaters. I stole that idea from Tyne Daly in Judging Amy. Here's a pic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Judging_Amy.jpg
A World Series Champion men's watch from my beloved NY Yankees' 2000 win.
Finally, my best watch is a Raymond Weil, a gift from hubby.

Aurian said...

I buy a cheap watch every year on the market, for 10 or 15 euro's. And when they battery dies, I buy a new one. Metallic band, feminine, but with hour-numbers and hands.