Antique Wrist Watches Meet Gross Grain Straps

June 25, 2014
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June 25, 2014 lwintrich

I think that the wristwatch needs a revival; I remember during an interview where Tim Cook, Apple’s current CEO, was asked about ‘wearables’ he said something to the capacity of ‘if you were to ask the audience what time it is, the vast majority of them will pull out their phones; future generations are just not wearing watches.’ It is a sad truth that people just rant wearing watches anymore; I think they add both elegance and convince to ones life. I was lucky enough to find a vintage 24k gold Lord Elgin (don’t worry, I hadn’t heard of that brand before either) at an antique shop in upstate NY; the watch was pretty battered, a little rusty, and didn’t keep good time when I found it, they were selling it for something like $50. The next time I was in New York City’s Greenwich Village I found a small hole-in-the-wall clock repair shop; I handed them off the watch, and after a few weeks and another $70 I had a beautifully cleaned, antique gold, wind-up watch that kept perfect time. For the grosgrain (a sort of cloth) watch band check out Smart Turnout – it is the same company that J. Press buys their straps from, but if you buy directly they are cheeper and the selection is a lot better than what J. Press keeps in stock. So, go antiquing or dig up your grandfather to find that perfect watch face and then choose a complementray gross grain strap, I can guarantee complements for bringing back something that cellphones are attempting to kill.

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