Friday, May 15, 2015

365 Project - Day 135 - "The Watch Obsession"


May 15, 2015 - "The Watch Obsession"

I'm exhausted today. I didn't leave Peter's frame shop until after 10PM or 11PM last night... got home sometime an hour later... and ended up staying up until just past 1AM. There's just too much on my mind... too much to do... to much to think about... too much to worry about... too much to, well... you get the idea.

So today it's just a very hastily assembled photo of something meaningful. I don't have the energy for much else.

Why the watches? Because Peter was absolutely obsessed with watches. Some in the family - especially his wife Angel - would probably call it "an addiction". I have no idea how many he had... 30... 40... 50... maybe even more. Watches were just "his thing".

Every time I'd see him he would be wearing a different watch. He told me once that it bugged him to wear the same one two days in a row. He was constantly buying new ones... constantly fussing with them... changing watch bands... changing batteries... looking at and dreaming about new ones. During down-time at work he'd sit there behind the counter just tinkering with his watches. While cleaning up things at his frame shop I found several watches with their boxes tucked away in a drawer. I also found watch repair kits and lots of watch batteries.

His 50th birthday would have been this coming September... What did he want for his birthday? No party... no vacation... no family gathering... no fuss - just a new watch. Something special.

Most of his watches were quite inexpensive. According to him only a few were what one would consider to be "valuable". He didn't really care about how cheap a watch was... he just saw something he liked, and bought it. He wore them proudly.

Well, his obsession with watches rubbed off on me many years ago. It became yet another thing I did to try to be just like my brother. The watches in today's photo are just a portion of what I have. My collection is nowhere near what Peter had... and I think the most expensive one was still less than $150.00.

The funny thing about it is that I don't even tend to wear watches anymore. I would slap one on for special occasions and for times when I knew I would be seeing Peter - but that was about it. Some of the watches in my "collection" haven't even been worn a single time. The one in the wooden box shown in the photo has never even been removed from the box. It probably never will be, either.

Another watch-related thing from Peter that rubbed off on me was the intense love for Movado watches, with their signature black dials. The first time I saw his I fell in love... and it became a dream of mine to be able to purchase one for myself. I always put it off though. Money wasn't the issue... many times I had the money to spend on one, but would choose to spend it on something else instead: another camera I didn't even need... a weekend trip to NYC with some really expensive food and drink involved... a 1980 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster which I still own but have never even ridden (I don't even have a license!) and which currently rests in my brother Kenny's shed. The whole Movado thing just kept getting pushed aside for things that seemed more important at the time.

All of that has changed now though. This past month I have found myself really, REALLY wanting to buy myself a Movado of my own. One with the iconic black dial and silver dot at the 12-mark. Perhaps one with a stainless steel band... or some sort of metal band, rather than a leather one. I don't know. I actually have a printed photo of one hanging beside the mirror in my bathroom so that I see it every morning and night when I brush my teeth. My 40th birthday is next year... and I fully intend to have purchased myself a Movado by then as a birthday present "To Me/From Me".

So... does anyone out there want to buy a 1980 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster that needs a bit of work? I'll make you a really freakin' good deal!

(I'm serious!)

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