Bling’s the thing

Son #2 had his eleventh birthday a while ago, so folks, today was the the day to finally go and buy a decent watch.

Y’know, a wrist watch.

One a them thingys what tells the time.

We did the same for son #1 at the same age, and found something acceptable within an hour in a nearby large department store.

Today though, times have a-changed.

Bling’s the thing.

Really, we don’t ask much. Our needs are simple, but finding something is damn hard.

The current range of wristwatches are pretty awful. All we want is a DIGITAL watch, with a METAL wristband. Easy huh?

You’d think we were looking for leprechauns. After 2 hours of traipsing through the Modern Monster Consumer Mecca (aka the shopping mall) we’ve come home empty handed.

Old faithful, the department store, had barely enough stock to load into a shoe box – that’s what modern new private equity owners do.

And dare I mention the horrors that befell us in the Discount Department Store? Oh lordy, what hideous cheap, horrible looking crap they have there.

The only other alternative was the 32,000 jewellers dotted through the MMCM. One held some promise, but colours were not quite right. Everything else, everywhere else, is BLING.

Bling to the right, bling to the left. Bling in front, and bling behind.

Taste, simplicity, a reasonable price, functional and understated? NO SIREE! None of that sinful stuff for us in outer-Bogansville. It’s bling, or nothing.

A choice of chronometers for sir? Dials, knobs, buttons, display of tide heights and levels? Time in New York, Paris, and Nepal? Gold and silver, perhaps? Shiny shit, diamonds, twirley things? A watch so big the poor kid would have a permanent crick in the neck from lugging it around?

What the heck is it? Plastic bands get sweaty and dirty. Clear plastic watch bands discolour and look like crap – Literally. Leather bands fall apart.

So why are metal link watch bands so hard to find?

And kobs, dials, and twirly bits. EXCUSE ME! We want a watch to be able to tell the time. Here. Today. Not in London or Paris. It’s a watch for a kid – to last from age 11 to about age 20 or maybe longer. It’s going to take a few knocks and bumps.

Why, oh why, is it so hard?

9 Comments

hijack
It sounds like you’ve read ‘Charge of the Light Brigade!’ Hooray! I’ve come across scant people who have, hence the excitement. :)
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Comment by Gail Newman | September 8th, 2007 8:00 pm | Permalink

I’ve read all sorts over the years, including ‘charge of the light brigade’ – though that was not in mind at the time.

It just sort of came to me that way :)

Comment by Wally | September 8th, 2007 10:12 pm | Permalink

Into the valley of death rode the 600 — shoppers!

I remember my old man mocking those new-fangled digital devices that were pretending to take over from real watches…
Press this button to see the date; press this button to how many hours and minutes till knock-off time, press it again to see it in seconds – (watch them count down!). Press this button to see your wife’s birthday; press this button to get a phone number that you can ring up to get THE ACTUAL TIME! … “At the third stroke, the time will be…”

Comment by MikeFitz | September 8th, 2007 11:05 pm | Permalink

Hmmm, yes, I do understand your predicament, especially for a male watch.

We ended up getting Sapphire a Casio via dealsdirect.com.au a few months ago which is plain, digital, funky red leather band – she’s stoked.

What about a Swatch watch?

Comment by MillyMoo | September 9th, 2007 9:44 am | Permalink

Casio via an on-line purchase is looking promising!

Comment by Wally | September 9th, 2007 11:26 am | Permalink

I think it might be Australia. I just got back from a trip to Canada and I went to a store in Calgary where they had a whole case of simple analogue watches with readible lettering and simply layouts. You could actually buy a watch with: numbers, a big hand, a small hand and a second hand. That’s it. Cost – $50.

Comment by Jack | September 10th, 2007 8:28 am | Permalink

When I was about to start high school, my Grandma took me on the same shopping trip. After many shops and watch variations, the lack of ’simple face, clear numbers, easy to read and a second hand’ resulted in me getting exactly the same watch as she bought my sister, 12 months before. :)

Comment by Gail Newman | September 10th, 2007 9:59 am | Permalink

Same here trying to find a watch for Neil for his 21st, spec: analogue, metal, seconds, date. Took most of a day in the city.
I also bought myself a watch last year after all the others rotted their bands or went flat..
A Seiko 5 from Ebay, analogue, day date, Automatic!! tough as and no bling!! a great device for a retro-grouch like myself.

Comment by Paul | September 11th, 2007 7:12 pm | Permalink

Crikey – Neil’s 21 (or more). Say G’day and happy birthday!

Strange – Casio and Seiko seem to be brands to go for, and they are readily available on-line, with pictures and all. A new meanging to letting your fingers do the walking.

Comment by Wally | September 11th, 2007 8:31 pm | Permalink

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