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What time is it? I have no idea.

September 26, 2012

L-A: Almost five years ago, I was given a watch for my birthday. It was cool because I’d always wanted a Swatch. But two things happened:

1. The strap got weird and started to peel (what’s up with that, Swatch?)

2. The battery died and because the strap was weird I put off replacing it

And then I did the cell phone thing for awhile, until the red watch I got free from Yelp last year that looked not unlike this:

It was pretty rad until the strap broke and the numbers froze (dead battery?). But it was a free watch, so what are you going to do?

This has left me with only the following for the time:

It’s rude. And distracting (mostly because of the cat in sunglasses).

This means I have to either go long stretches of time with no idea what time it is. Or I’m that girl who checks her phone all the time. And I need to. Because I have zero sense of time. I try to work with the clocks of the world, but my internal clock ticks to the beat of its own drummer. And sometimes that drummer is into random percussion instruments. Like the triangle. And then I’m never on time. Or I think I’ve been doing something for five minutes and it’s actually been an hour.

All of this leads me to a rather long and winding conclusion that actually has a purpose: I need an effing watch already.

Husband wants to buy me one, but I’m completely frozen by watch indecision. Which watch to get?? Because as ridonk as this sounds, watch purchases feel permanent to me. Like you’re only supposed to have one, so you best choose wisely. I know this technically is not true and I could have a watch for every different look I could dream up (nautical preppy, nautical hipster, nautical classy, nautical formal…the list is endless), but nice watches aren’t cheap and I currently can’t bring myself to own more than one nice watch. Because of this, I’m left pondering the following decisions. And be forewarned – I am all over the map.

Affordable and cute and plastic from Beyond the Rack?

I hesitated and now it’s not even an interim option. Dammit.

And is colourful plastic the style statement I want to make with my watch? I can still get that same watch for more money elsewhere if I really and truly love it.

Or do I want to go with those rose gold Michael Kors numbers that I admire on the wrists of others?

To be honest, even though I admire these watches, when I put them on, there’s something not right. This could be because all the ones I’ve tried on have been a bit on the flashier side.

Or maybe a stainless steel jobby, like this one from Kate Spade?

It seems like it would go with just about everything.

And then sometimes I think I want something a bit trendier. Like those La Mer wrap watches I see at Foreign Affair:

Too trendy?

Will I get bored of it in a year? Because that would suck. Also, is it just me, but are roman numerals hard?

Finally, maybe something more casual like this Timex from J. Crew? Too casual?

It would take a licking and keep on ticking…which is kind of important when you’re a klutz.

 Honestly, I have no idea. I assume most of you own watches – how’d you decide what to get? Were you completely bogged down by indecision?

13 Comments leave one →
    • la permalink*
      September 26, 2012 12:55 pm

      Oooh – I’ve been thinking about Roots watches as well. I’m generally not jazzed by leather straps – but I like theirs.

  1. September 26, 2012 12:10 pm

    I’m just going to sit here and stalk the comments. Watch woes, I feel ya. The last watch I had was in high school; it broke, I never got a new one. I’ve been trying to for years, but I’m just too darn picky/indecisive/have zero watch style/only semi care, etc. etc. Buying a watch = greater thought required than buying a house. Seriously.

    • la permalink*
      September 26, 2012 1:08 pm

      Buying a house would be so much easier! I know what I want in a house. And houses come with multiple rooms for multiple purposes. But watches? Do I commit to just one? Or do I start collecting? And where do I start that collection?

  2. September 26, 2012 12:38 pm

    Of these, I’d pick the Kate Spade.

    I was having the same dilemma last year. I went shopping for a watch after Christmas last year and came home with three of them from a Fossil outlet. One was dressy, one casual and one sporty. They were all on sale though. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m not the best person to help with decision making. I say, buy them all!

    • la permalink*
      September 26, 2012 1:05 pm

      What I need to do is settle on a style that goes with everything – and then start buying others being casual or sporty or whatever. I need to get over the one watch only thing. Unless I come into some money and can just start buying all the watches.

  3. Allene! permalink
    September 26, 2012 1:03 pm

    I had the same dilemma just a couple weeks ago – I always wear a watch, but mine stopped and was kind of falling apart so I didn’t wear anything for a few weeks, which made me realize just how bad my sense of time is. I asked my parents for a watch for my birthday, and I chose one from this great store in Toronto, Red Pegasus. It’s Tokyo Bay brand – I ended up choosing the “Dopio” in green/beige. They have a lot of really unique styles and they’re quite affordable, for watches!

  4. Lana permalink
    September 26, 2012 1:09 pm

    Kate Spade! The casual ones are too casual, but the gold and silver watches are totally versatile. I’m drawn the the silver…there is a gold trend happenning and I am convinced that in a year or two, it won’t be nearly as appealing as it is now. Just like in the 90s. Ya know?

    • la permalink*
      September 26, 2012 1:51 pm

      The majority of my fancy jewelry is silver or white gold (including my wedding band), so I think you’re on to something with the silver. I worry that I’d get bored of the gold.

  5. September 26, 2012 1:32 pm

    I’ve seen the Michael Kors rose gold watch in person. Our 19 yr old summer student had one. How much do we hate her? But I do love it. That’s what I would pick.

    • la permalink*
      September 26, 2012 1:53 pm

      I was trying on a rose gold MK watch belongeing to a co-worker the other day – it’s lovely. Hers is a bit too blingy/sparkly for me (it’s the one that’s super sparkly around the edges), but it was nice.

  6. September 26, 2012 9:02 pm

    Once upon a time I had The Most Awesome Watch Ever. Okay, it was a cheap Timex, but in lieu of digits it had the astrological symbols and I loved it more than I will ever love another watch again ever. Did I mention ever? Ever. The battery went on it and I took it to a store in Truro to get a new one put in and then I moved back to Halifax and now the watch is lost to the sands of time.

    Thanks for opening that old wound.

    DId I mention the Leo symbol was at the 12? And I’m a Leo? Best. Watch. Sigh. Sniff.

  7. Meghan permalink
    September 27, 2012 4:13 pm

    I’ll give you my senior watch analyst opinion, I have given myself this title because I listen to my husband go on endlessly about watches, we even own coffee table books and a collection of catalogs. Think about what you’re going to do to your watch: are you going to get it wet, dirty and sweaty? That will narrow down the materials and water-resistance. Are you into the “I stole this watch from my man” look? The trend of men’s sized watches for ladies has been going on for a while, you can even wear the watch lose. I prefer medium size ladies watch with a metal bracelet, you can really make an investment in something like that. But you can still see inexpensive trend watches on the side :)

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