What is a watch?

What is it exactly? To keep your wrist populated? Worn just because society said so? An apparatus to let you perceive and see time, accurately with a glance? An inanimate object powered either by a spring or a battery? A contraption that no one cares about anymore? Is it jewelry or an accessory; or a vessel for cherished memories and sentimental merits. 

Yes; a vessel… for such things? How can it be? Of course, we, human beings, tend to value nonconscious things. We feel weak for things that shouldn’t deserve to be feeble with; as long as the mind walks the plains of life, it will appreciate anything it wishes to; such cherishment leads to admiration of certain things and such is a chemical defect and a weakness.

Books, musical instruments, shirts, gift boxes, toys, shoes, and yes, watches. As with other things, watches can carry substantial sentimental value. Most watch enthusiasts know it as such and most likely, one timepiece or even two or three might hold such sentimental value which money cannot even buy.

Is it absurd? Probably.

Is it normal? Definitely

We can relive memories through things; the brain is a funny little organ. A scent will make you remember anything associated with it; the recollection, if it was strong, will make you reminisce like it only happened just a few minutes ago. Same goes for watches: with a glance, you will remember the memories you had with it. 

Poetic, isn’t it? Kind of.

Factual? As solid as a hardened rock.

With this thought, it made me wonder and with the kick of @SCFYMB ‘s post, it made me ponder. What is the watch that might have tons of memories in my collection? Currently, I only have one in my disposal, as I am in the process of finding my childhood watches. I am fairly young albeit old enough to garner specific and odd memories. As such, I did with a watch.

A Swatch.

A fashion piece for some; a real watch for average people; and the brand which saved the Swiss watch industry for watch enthusiasts. Personally, it is a watch that saw through my teenage years: from the perception of my parents to give me a watch when I was 16 during our trip in a different country, wore it with pride because my parents love and thought about me, to my first heartbreak, moving up and flattening the tire once more in life; yes, the watch has some generic memories which, like any other human being, I will cherish more because I am included in those memories - the main character. 

Although this watch, now, eats batteries like the cookie monster and is currently a non-runner, it will stay with me until the end. Just by glancing at my relatively old Swatch, I will always see the faces of my parents when they gave me this watch: happy and smiling, saying “Congratulations, Anak (my child)” and hugging them after. 

As inanimate and nonliving as it could be, sentiments make it as sentient as people. 

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Nah. For me it's time telling man-jewellery. Bit more purposeful than a ring or a bangle.

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Pablito

Nah. For me it's time telling man-jewellery. Bit more purposeful than a ring or a bangle.

Using it to know time and carrying weight, is what I use it for.

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pororo.watch

Using it to know time and carrying weight, is what I use it for.

Carrying weight?

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Pablito

Carrying weight?

Memories.

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pororo.watch

Memories.

Ah. Emotional weight. 😀

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Firstly thank you for mention :)

Secondly I have time pieces that have memories and others that just look pretty. For example my old casio AE1000 carries a lot of fond memories being the first watch I ever got (I was 11~2), from the first time I travelled with my friends to even going to university. Its been with me through thick and thin, not to mention my fascination being able to swim with it. Other pieces like my seagul 1963, orient 3 star and seiko persage carry some achievement in them. Whether be it graduating or turning 23 or finishing my hardest year in university. On the other hand I've bought multiple time pieces to act as accessory pieces to match with outfits and sometimes just to have a vibe. Hell I have a list of watches with quirky dials that I wanna get just to match with outfits I have. I believe watches can do both, being an accessory and a memory locked in solid form. They can be reminders of a past with every glance or complementary piece to your style. Whatever they may mean to you is valid as long as you're enjoying wearing it :)

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SCFYMB

Firstly thank you for mention :)

Secondly I have time pieces that have memories and others that just look pretty. For example my old casio AE1000 carries a lot of fond memories being the first watch I ever got (I was 11~2), from the first time I travelled with my friends to even going to university. Its been with me through thick and thin, not to mention my fascination being able to swim with it. Other pieces like my seagul 1963, orient 3 star and seiko persage carry some achievement in them. Whether be it graduating or turning 23 or finishing my hardest year in university. On the other hand I've bought multiple time pieces to act as accessory pieces to match with outfits and sometimes just to have a vibe. Hell I have a list of watches with quirky dials that I wanna get just to match with outfits I have. I believe watches can do both, being an accessory and a memory locked in solid form. They can be reminders of a past with every glance or complementary piece to your style. Whatever they may mean to you is valid as long as you're enjoying wearing it :)

Can be anything your mind wants it to be, each watch has their own purpose and quirks! Please, enjoy yours in good health, brother! Continue building memories with them :) As I will do with mine, we are within the same age range so rock on brother!

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For me it was a couple of things. I lost a significant amount of weight (~80 pounds) - which allowed me to buy a new wardrobe of clothes that actually look good. I went overboard on that too. I have a very nice stainless steel Apple Watch with high-quality bands, but it lacks personality. So I grabbed a fairly basic green dial, Citizen Peyton, which complemented a couple of my styles. That got me into the rabbit hole. I like options, and my God does the watch world have those.

Next thing I know I have a few thousand dollars worth of watches. All of which were picked for purpose, style, and quality. Assuming I keep them, they will be nice heirlooms for my kids and grandkids. Meanwhile, I've thoroughly enjoyed the 'poetic' and detail-oriented nature of the hobby. Each watch I have has its own artistic and functional integrity.

So at first, it was fashion consciousness - but not 'fashion' watches. Then it became a reflection of my personality - sometimes conservative, sometimes unusual and quirky. Lastly, sometimes I just like a shiny thing to look at while gaining a deeper appreciation for the finer notes of craftsmanship. My problem is I tend to be impatient, have an impulsive personality and I like lots of options available to me. This combination gets me into trouble - so I am on a watch moratorium at the moment, while I enjoy what I have and learn to curb excess. Not easy, but no regrets (yet). Great article. Heartfelt and well-written.

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pianoman

For me it was a couple of things. I lost a significant amount of weight (~80 pounds) - which allowed me to buy a new wardrobe of clothes that actually look good. I went overboard on that too. I have a very nice stainless steel Apple Watch with high-quality bands, but it lacks personality. So I grabbed a fairly basic green dial, Citizen Peyton, which complemented a couple of my styles. That got me into the rabbit hole. I like options, and my God does the watch world have those.

Next thing I know I have a few thousand dollars worth of watches. All of which were picked for purpose, style, and quality. Assuming I keep them, they will be nice heirlooms for my kids and grandkids. Meanwhile, I've thoroughly enjoyed the 'poetic' and detail-oriented nature of the hobby. Each watch I have has its own artistic and functional integrity.

So at first, it was fashion consciousness - but not 'fashion' watches. Then it became a reflection of my personality - sometimes conservative, sometimes unusual and quirky. Lastly, sometimes I just like a shiny thing to look at while gaining a deeper appreciation for the finer notes of craftsmanship. My problem is I tend to be impatient, have an impulsive personality and I like lots of options available to me. This combination gets me into trouble - so I am on a watch moratorium at the moment, while I enjoy what I have and learn to curb excess. Not easy, but no regrets (yet). Great article. Heartfelt and well-written.

Thank you for your kind words at the end and your input.

The thought of handing down watches is cool for me. As you stated, each watch is - to put it succinctly - 'unique' and I agree with you.

This watch also saw my body changed as I lost more than 70 pounds as well - holds a lot of weight (no pun intended); like you, I went overboard with fashion too. We walked the same-ish paths in a way :)

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Then reassemble it again... and wait, where is that bridge screw? 😂