Sunday Afternoon Horror Post....

Horror #1 Piles of cheap dead quartz watches.

Everybody knows someone who has this problem, seems more common with my women friends. If they bring me a bag of dead quartz watches stored in a pile or a bag I pretty much run the other way as fast as I can. Earlier days I got acid burns on my fingers from a leaking battery in the pile. Also the owner of the pile never wants to hunt down all the batteries, and I'm not doing it either. I tell them to pick out the cream of the crop, I will deal with those and then toss the remainder.

Horror #2 Smart (Not a Watch) Devices

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I know this one can be polarizing, you will never see me wear one. First of all they only work at the leisure of whoever made it. One the manufacturer stops supporting it, technology changes, or batteries die you pretty much have to go buy a new one. You can't repair or maintain them; you are forced to buy new. I have zero tolerance for this entire concept.

When these first came out my other half wanted one. As usual he got it and within six months it was broken. Sent it back to Apple and they repaired it no questions asked. About another six months passed same problem, broken. Sent it back to Apple again but this time it was returned with a terse note that basically said they don't warrant abuse. Point is these are not all that tough if you are a famous watch abuser like my other half.

Finally, consider what my cousin told me this past Thanksgiving- His wife is making him wear one so she can track him. He might as well have one of those prison ankle bracelets on. Also consider the fact that it isn't just his wife that can track that device. This should be called the dumb (not a watch) device.

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Loool horror indeed 馃槀

I think with smart watches you really get what you paid for thou with all the tracking and fancy shit.

Mine survived 1 week of wrist time.. i need to charge that mf everyday, quite the commitment for a toy if you ask me.

May I recommend this one instead?

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I've been on horror 1 mission recently, friends of ours who know I'm the pubs 'watch guy' have been bringing me bags and boxes of the damn things, to do up and sell them for them for a small commission (beer馃榿) you know the worst thing of it, besides most of them were rubbish (odd good nugget, timex indiglo's) is ordering batteries and it doesn't matter how many different types of batteries you have there's always the oddball, and then you get the special battery for it, and it still doesn't work馃が. Mind you its amazing what people buy (the rubbish i put them in bundles for sale). On the whole its the 'green thing' to do, but time consuming (luckily time's what I've got recently) but I do wonder if my time would be better spent doing something more worthwhile (like sorting out my straps boxes馃榿).

Stricko

I've been on horror 1 mission recently, friends of ours who know I'm the pubs 'watch guy' have been bringing me bags and boxes of the damn things, to do up and sell them for them for a small commission (beer馃榿) you know the worst thing of it, besides most of them were rubbish (odd good nugget, timex indiglo's) is ordering batteries and it doesn't matter how many different types of batteries you have there's always the oddball, and then you get the special battery for it, and it still doesn't work馃が. Mind you its amazing what people buy (the rubbish i put them in bundles for sale). On the whole its the 'green thing' to do, but time consuming (luckily time's what I've got recently) but I do wonder if my time would be better spent doing something more worthwhile (like sorting out my straps boxes馃榿).

Once the stuff goes into the "Pile" it's already pretty much done IMHO.

The smart watch issues are all valid and inescapable.

I disagree on the quartz front. I love this. Reviving a good percentage of forsaken watches with the rudimentary skills of popping a case, reading a battery, or having a spring bar tool is a joy for me. I've only run into about three sizes of battery (I think it's 377, 395, and 2016) and there is a place nearby that sells them at reasonable cost (less than half of what Walmart or the like would).

A few days ago my Mickey Mouse watch was found dead. Popped the back off and had the 377 on hand. It's not like I'm a kook that maintains stock. I just bought an extra last time.

And the best part is that people think you're some kind of genius lifesaver for doing this low level task with very cheap tools. But screw Apple and smartwatches. Time-delayed landfill fodder, all of it. The oldest cheapest quartz watches, not so much.

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PoorMansRolex

The smart watch issues are all valid and inescapable.

I disagree on the quartz front. I love this. Reviving a good percentage of forsaken watches with the rudimentary skills of popping a case, reading a battery, or having a spring bar tool is a joy for me. I've only run into about three sizes of battery (I think it's 377, 395, and 2016) and there is a place nearby that sells them at reasonable cost (less than half of what Walmart or the like would).

A few days ago my Mickey Mouse watch was found dead. Popped the back off and had the 377 on hand. It's not like I'm a kook that maintains stock. I just bought an extra last time.

And the best part is that people think you're some kind of genius lifesaver for doing this low level task with very cheap tools. But screw Apple and smartwatches. Time-delayed landfill fodder, all of it. The oldest cheapest quartz watches, not so much.

I'm a kook then. 馃榿 If I need *one,* I'll order a multi-pack. Rare is the situation where I need to order a new size.

Pallet_Fork

I'm a kook then. 馃榿 If I need *one,* I'll order a multi-pack. Rare is the situation where I need to order a new size.

That's stockpiling more than I regularly do, but you've confirmed that a few common sizes cover most bases. Now if one has some vintage Omega quartz or an Accutron or something, all bets are off. But the cheapies don't tend to be exotic.

This gives me an idea for a bit of side hustle 馃槈

PoorMansRolex

The smart watch issues are all valid and inescapable.

I disagree on the quartz front. I love this. Reviving a good percentage of forsaken watches with the rudimentary skills of popping a case, reading a battery, or having a spring bar tool is a joy for me. I've only run into about three sizes of battery (I think it's 377, 395, and 2016) and there is a place nearby that sells them at reasonable cost (less than half of what Walmart or the like would).

A few days ago my Mickey Mouse watch was found dead. Popped the back off and had the 377 on hand. It's not like I'm a kook that maintains stock. I just bought an extra last time.

And the best part is that people think you're some kind of genius lifesaver for doing this low level task with very cheap tools. But screw Apple and smartwatches. Time-delayed landfill fodder, all of it. The oldest cheapest quartz watches, not so much.

I Find it often costs the same to order a 10 pack of batteries from Amazon as it would cost to buy one or two from a local retailer. It's saved me a ton of money doing it this way for car key fobs.