Thursday, 7 July 2016

The time sponsored by Accurist...or the end of my wrist watch woes.

I suspect old-fashioned wrist watches are a dying breed. My kids certainly can't understand why I insist on wearing a watch, when I could just check the time on my phone, but phone-checking isn't always appropriate. Many people my age have 'fitbits' and digital wrist thingies that talk to their phones. I'm not knocking them; you can't argue with their motivational usefulness and health benefits for some people, but me, I don't like being beholden to devices if I help it. So I'm sticking with a watch that doesn't need charging, and with my aging brain to work out when it might be a good thing to exercise, or to work out how many hours sleep I'm getting. 



The only trouble with this strategy is that as simple as it seems, it's been difficult and expensive to keep a wrist watch functioning over the last few years. A combination of nowhere nearby to buy watch batteries, the watch batteries from Timpsons not lasting very long, and watches that stop working altogether.

For a while, I worked out that it was cheaper to buy a watch in a local charity shop (who always put new batteries in their watches before selling them) and then re-donate it when the battery ran out, and repeat the process. 

My last charity shop watch turned out to be a Race For Life goodie bag watch, which as well as giving me an ethical dilemma (I had to 'fess up to being a charity running fraud to a couple of Race For Lifers with identical watches), was probably never destined for a long life, and died a death. 

Then the charity shop seemed to stop selling watches for months until eventually I asked, and hurrah! There was a big box of watches out the back but the battery installing volunteer was poorly, so all the watches were stopped watches that they couldn't sell.

I persuaded them to sell me a non-functioning timepiece, choosing the brand that I thought would be most likely to work with a new battery, and would hopefully last longer than the RFL watch. 

That would be an Accurist. I don't know anything about watch brands really, but I decided that anybody who sponsors time has to be good. Except that Accurist doesn't sponsor the speaking clock any more, and hasn't done for the last 8 years. And Accurist isn't really Accurist any more either, because it's owned by a company that own Sekonda and a couple of other brands. Oh well.

Back to the story. What's the moral here?

  • Whilst useful and really helpful for some people - fitbits and the like - there's always an old-school alternative - watch, paper, pen, diary.
  • There's always a frugal alternative (to Timpsons and the like) too.
  • There's often a secondhand alternative - charity shops are brilliant and it's worth asking when you can't see what you want.
  • There's sometimes a local alternative - local hardware shops are brilliant too. I discovered that ours fits watch batteries for a very reasonable price. 
So for £8, I have a watch that works and a local charity and a local business have benefited. What's not to like?

Obviously, this post was NOT sponsored by Accurist! Or Timpsons.



15 comments:

  1. I always wore a watch until I got my Fitbit. I have to admit it took me about 6 months not to feel "beholden" to it and to stop checking it compulsively, but I am over that now :) I do miss the style component of wearing a watch and I am sure when my Fitbit dies, I will return to wearing one. I don't carry a smartphone on my person during the workday and often need to be on time for a meeting or appointment, so for me, a watch will always be the way to go!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you've got the upper hand over your fitbit! I have edited the blogpost slightly to sound slightly less judgy, as I know people who have had really good results health-wise :-) I just hope all the dead fitbits don't end up in landfill :-(

      Delete
  2. I have a fitbit wanna be and I never wear it. I forget that I can tell time with my phone which I only have on when I'm out and about and that's when I wear a watch. Too old to change i guess.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I was writing a story the other day when I had a character check her watch. And then I thought, do people still wear watches? I used to, but now I have a phone. Good to know that there's at least one watch-wearer left in the world!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. From the comments here you can see that there is more than one watch-wearer left!

      Delete
  4. I am totally with you, I'm a wristwatch girl to the end! CatMan always laughs at me for wearing a watch on our bike rides because apparently my bike computer has a built-in clock. But honestly, I just hate those little "devices" - it's like you have to remember the secret code of button pushing in order to get any meaningful information out of the thing!

    Anyhow my problem with watches is that the bands always die on me, but I discovered that you can buy a virtually indestructible nylon watchband online for a dollar or two - and they have a clever design which makes them very easy to replace. So they'll take my watch from me when they pry it from my cold, dead hands! (Sorry, that's take off on a Charlton Heston quote about his gun, which probably isn't nearly as funny in the UK as it is here.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I could have mentioned watch straps being another problem - glad you have got a good solution. (And no, I don't know the Heston quote!)

      Delete
  5. I am one of those Fitbit wearing people who has found good motivation from it. Plus, my company offers financial rewards for steps taken, so it pays to wear it. The one I have is pretty simple and doesn't tell time. However, occasionally I find myself looking at the Fitbit to see what time it is. I haven't worn a watch in years, but old habits die hard.

    My son went to horology school and learned to repair watches and clocks. Trust me. There are still plenty of people around who wear watches.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Now I might consider a fitbit if I was being paid to wear it...I'm glad there are still plenty of watch wearers.

      Delete
  6. I feel a bit like a dinosaur on this one but I still have a watch which I wind up! I have a battery one (in which batteries are expensive but last two or three years) to wear everyday but there is something very special about getting my mum's watch out and wearing it.

    What I am looking for though is a wind up alarm clock!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A wind up watch - now that's really eco. I can't remember when I last had a wind up watch - sadly I haven't seen any in the charity shop. I'm sure you can still get wind up alarm clocks. I'm sure I've even seen them in IKEA many years ago...

      Delete
  7. I wear a watch, it is the first thing I put on in the morning and the last thing I take off at night. About 3 years ago I had to buy a new one, I could not read the old one old age is great , so I found a cheap watch in Argos and I replace my own batteries. Batteries can be bought in discount shops. What I find mildly annoying is all the people who no longer wear a watch, ie my hubby, keep asking me the time! As to wind up alarm clocks I found a Baby Ben in an antique shop last week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for that tip - I think that between my hubby and me we have the resources to source and replace watch batteries! Good find on the wind up alarm clock!

      Delete
  8. I would be lost without my watch. It is nearly seventeen years old and still going strong. We are lucky enough to have independent jewellers in our local town so the batteries last about two to three years, I agree the Timpsons ones don't last, I only made that mistake once!

    ReplyDelete