Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Am I missing something...

...or is this ( http://www.sharperimage.com/us/en/catalog/productview/sku=SI312BLK/catid=59805900/pcatid=2 ) the most stupid thing ever invented?

I mean seriously, who's the target market for this? Coma patients who'll urgently need to be able to tell the time when they wake up?
Permalink Andrew Cherry 
August 22nd, 2005
My father had a watch that wound itself whenever you moved around. I thought that was just the coolest thing when I was growing up.

Making a box that (silently) simulates the movements of the arm is just dumb.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 22nd, 2005
I have an everyday watch and a dress watch. The dress watch is battery powered, but if it were self-winding then it would be a pain to wind it every time I had a formal function.

Makes sense to me, though it's a small niche.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 22nd, 2005
Lots of self-winding watches on the market

http://www.epinions.com/Watches--reviews--price_range_1300_29001--prices--mechanical__automatic_
Permalink Ward 
August 22nd, 2005
It's for the rich bitches that wear different Rolex's on different days and they never want to have to swing their arm around to get the watch ticking (sorry... scrolling) again.
Permalink Jared 
August 22nd, 2005
umm.. winders are a necessary piece of kit for the $4000 and up watch snob set. If P.Diddy leaves his iced out Audemars Piguet off of his wrist for too long, it stops.
Permalink  
August 22nd, 2005
It's just Diddy now. Sheesh, welcome to the 2005.725's.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 22nd, 2005
I thought you had wind them by playing a grand piano (at least that's the advertisement I remember). This is cheaper ...
Permalink trollop 
August 22nd, 2005
I had a self winding watch for my 21st birthday, I even wrote a poem, well more doggerel really, based on its name.

It's the Diamond Tooled, Antimagnetic Executive.

Somewhat Kinkish it was, that's Ray Davies not black rubber.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 22nd, 2005
If 1 is good, 9 is better:

http://www.watchwinders.com/ninewatch.html
Permalink Doug 
August 22nd, 2005
Somebody has never owned a nice watch, methinks.
Permalink Sassy 
August 22nd, 2005
Well, isn't this embarassing.

I actually have a self winding 1974 Rolex Datejust. Guess what happens if I don't wear it for three or four days?

Can't see buying the autowinder, though, but it'd make a cool christmas gift. Maybe if I set up a Paypal account (hint, hint) ...
Permalink Mongo 
August 23rd, 2005
Philo--

A regular wound watch takes a few minutes to wind up with the crown.

An automatic watch? The one I have ($25 model) takes about, oh, 3 shakes of thw rties to start moving again.

Now, resetting the time & date is a bit of a pain.
Permalink mb 
August 23rd, 2005
>> Guess what happens if I don't wear it for three or four days? <<

Give it to a kid to wear for about 20 minutes. Along with some Pixie Stix and a Mountain Dew. That'll wind it up, all right!
Permalink example 
August 23rd, 2005
>> Now, resetting the time & date is a bit of a pain

And that really is the point. I used to only wear mine for special occasions, but now wear it by default. Getting it going is not an issue, but 1) it can be a royal pain to have to wind through half the month to get the right day, and 2) I suspect it's healthier for the watch to move constantly than just sit there. As it happens, I can get away with wearing it because very few people realize what it is: an older, stainless steel and plain black face model (except like now, when I wave it around and go, oooh, oooh, look at my cool Rolex, bling bling bling).
Permalink Mongo 
August 23rd, 2005
Just the one 'l' on yours, eh?
Permalink Philo 
August 23rd, 2005
Whoops, good catch, Philo; I misspelled it. Mine has the upscale extra "l". The guy who sold it to me in Tijuana said that made it more valuable as a collector's item.
Permalink Mongo 
August 23rd, 2005

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