Confessions of a Watchaholic


My name is Dave, and I am a Watchaholic.

There’s no evidence of when my fascination with timekeeping devices started or what its significance actually means. And the collection above only begins to scratch the surface–I do have more. Oh yes, I have more.

But allow me to elaborate on the image above. Those are my most recent purchases or gifts, recent meaning within the last year or two (save for the Seiko Mickey Mouse watch which is over 10 years old and still in my current rotation). Speaking of gifts, it’s never that hard to buy one for me. Get me a watch and I’m perfectly happy.

And over the years my taste in watches has matured. Gone are the days of buying $19.99 Casios from BEST or Service Merchandise; my current watches are at least double that price. Some are even more than that.

Buried somewhere in there is a Fossil that has an Atari Centipede-style color LCD that moves each half-second but is not an actual game. The topmost watch is a Suunto n6HR, a nice little gadget that was a media “thank you” gift from the kind folks at Lexus. (I attended a media event when I was writing for the magazine.) That thing allows you to receive MSN messages, gets news updates, and is also a heart monitor. Ask me how many times I used any of those things. Oh, and it’s the only watch I know of that you have to actually charge. No kidding–it came with a USB cable.

The ones below that are my new babies. Pictured below the Suunto is the Citizen Calibre 2100, my birthday gift from Ann this year. I always wanted a really nice watch so we figured since [edited for legal reasons]*, we might as well spoil ourselves a bit. After buying this one I swore I’d never want another watch.

Then we went on the cruise and I saw the Calibre 9000. Look, we were drifting out in international waters and the thing was tax- and duty-free. I don’t think I need to say much else. Like the Suunto, it has features I’ve yet to use or bother to figure out. But damn, isn’t it manly? But in stark contrast, both Citizens feature the Eco-Drive system which means these things don’t need a battery; they can run on any light source. During my lifetime that’ll probably end up saving me, oh, maybe $17 in battery costs. For both. Hey, when you spend good money on a watch, it better do more than tell time, right?

So there you have it–I’ve confessed. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m heading off to therapy.

*I could tell you but I’d have to kill you.
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