I bought a new watch earlier this year. I liked my old watch, but it had some scratches on the face and was getting kind of chipped around the edges, so since I’d had it for most of a decade and the battery had died, I figured I might as well buy a new one instead of replacing the battery. I couldn’t find one I really liked, though I’m basically happy with the one I ended up buying. One thing which bugs me about it, though, is that it has a big second hand which normally doesn’t move: the second hand is for the stopwatch, while the non-stopwatch second hand is in a little dial at the bottom. (There are also little dials for the stopwatch minute and hour hands.) Why not use the big hands for the normal time and the little hands for the stopwatch?

That’s a minor quibble, though. What is prompting this post is that the watch broke in a strange way yesterday. It still works, except that the stopwatch second hand, when at rest, is pointing at about 58 seconds instead of straight up. Which just looks bad. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this that solves the problem from the first paragraph as well – now I just leave the stopwatch on all the time. Still, I was expecting the watch to be more solid than this – one reason why I bought it was that a couple of people at work volunteered the fact that they’d had Fossil watches for a while that had lasted well.

I wonder exactly what went wrong, too. I have to think that there’s got to be some simple fix for this if you know what you’re doing, but I’m too nervous / lazy / lacking in tools to open up the watch myself, and I don’t feel like either sending it off to the manufacturer or paying real money to deal with such a minor problem. When I have to replace the battery, though, I’ll see if I can get it fixed then. For that matter, maybe it will fix itself – there wasn’t any trigger that I’m aware of that caused it to go wrong. (More likely it will get worse, I suppose.) I just get a little frustrated when there are things that I feel I could understand that I don’t actually know the answer to.

Side note: the tv antenna is continuing to work well, at least on some channels; right now I’m watching NOVA in HD. Looks nice. Not perhaps as spectacular as I would have thought, given the HD propaganda one hears; part of the reason that I’m not so impressed, probably, is that I went from a 20″ tv to a 27″ tv, and of course SD looks better on a 20″ tv than a 27″ one.

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