I’ve gotten a couple of new watches over the last couple months. One of them is kinetically powered, meaning that you wind it and it is supposed to power as you move your arms. Apparently, I don’t move around enough in my sleep because every morning the watch is stopped or running very slowly. That I don’t move around a whole lot in my sleep would be news to my brothers. Clancy reminded me that I jerk my legs a lot in my sleep, so maybe I should put it on my ankle at night. Perhaps not coincidentally, the same site that sold me the watch was selling a watch-shaker a couple weeks later, to keep kinetic watches powered (which kind of defeats the purpose of having a self-powering watch). Coincidence?

What’s particularly frustrating is that I absolutely love the watch. I love watches and clocks in general, and this is one of the coolest looking ones I have ever had. But it’s usefulness is rather limited.

I am thinking I should maybe give it to a sexually frustrated teenager who has to gratify himself constantly. I would guess that’s about the only way to make sure it keeps a charge.


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5 Responses to A Post About Watches With An Inappropriate Ending

  1. Kirk says:

    I have a Seiko dive watch I bought at least 20 years ago. It’s a good-looking watch, but you have to wear it every day to keep it from winding down.

    It looks a bit like the below watch. I never wear the damn thing. I probably should, as it does look cool.

    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=seiko+dive+watch&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7679433160995511643&sa=X&ei=PywETsTYLdG2twe92MDJDQ&ved=0CHMQ8gIwAA

    “I would guess that’s about the only way to make sure it keeps a charge.”

    I’ve heard the newer ones use some sort of generator-type thing. Mine, you can actually feel a part moving every time you move your arm.

  2. no more mr nice guy says:

    I never had an automatic watch because I don’t constantly wear a watch. Mine is battery powered.
    People that have automatic watches have a watch winder and put them on the watch winder when they don’t wear them.

  3. Sheila Tone says:

    I’ve bought several kinetically powered flashlights, and been very disappointed in the results. Weak light and it doesn’t last long.

  4. trumwill says:

    Kirk, that’s a nice looking watch! And it’s at least a step ahead of mine, if it keeps charged when you wear it over night.

    Sheila, kinetic flashlights suck. Same experience.

  5. Kirk says:

    I’ve bought several kinetically powered flashlights, and been very disappointed in the results. Weak light and it doesn’t last long.

    Yeah, but they’re good for a laugh.

    I miss Mad TV.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=186ozANcm-s

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