My Watches

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I was looking in my night stand last night when I came across one of my watches. I admired it, then carefully placed it back in the drawer. I love watches but hate wearing them…

I’m not into the really expensive watches but I do like a good watch, one that works well usually meets my criteria.

My dress watch is very thin, has a brown leather band with white stitching. The face is cream coloured, the hands silver and the numbers elegant. In fact, it looks a lot like the picture I found for today’s post. While I could sit and admire it all day, rubbing the soft leather between my fingers, I can’t wear it too long. Usually I’m dressed up with a long sleeve shirt, buttoned up tight, the watch hidden. Every now and then I find myself adjusting it this way and that way beneath my left cuff… a little irritating. However, I’m always prepared to make an impression at a business meeting. I just roll up my shirt sleeves.

Then there’s my diver’s watch. Solidly constructed to survive extreme conditions. Lots of dials, numbers and it’s orange! I started scuba diving many years ago but you really weren’t a diver unless you had one of these marvels. So now I’m a real diver but don’t wear the watch much. It’s big, chunky and made for the depths. These days, we all use dive computers with big, easy to read, numbers. I can’t really read all those small dials, scales and numbers underwater, never could. Every real diver has to have one though.

I got into a healthy phase a few years ago then kicked it up a notch after reading Younger Next Year. The authors get into a whole bunch of healthy habits that we could all benefit from. Exercising plays a large role in this book with a heavy emphasis on monitoring your heart rate. I already had a heart rate monitor watch that was itching to be used. I dug it out, read the instructions and started monitoring. I now know my heart rate while biking, running, spinning and even while playing soccer. It’s now a year later and I don’t wear the watch, or the uncomfortable strap around my chest a whole lot. While the watch is really cool, with that beating heart on the display, the numbers were always the same. I could predict what my heart rate was for each activity so it wasn’t bringing any value. If I ever get more serious about exercising, I’ll dust it off again.

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1 Comment

  1. “While the watch is really cool, with that beating heart on the display, the numbers were always the same. I could predict what my heart rate was for each activity so it wasn’t bringing any value. ”

    Someone trained in the theory of information (information theory) would say that since the data point were always the same (or within a range of normal) that no information was being provided. You simply had data point which by themselves have no value.

    http://www.itsoc.org

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