Herself has always had a watch. We spent a certain amount repairing her most recent watch to no avail. I hauled out the five or six old watches I have in my room and asked her which she would like. She picked an old one of my mother’s which was pleasing. It wasn’t a particularly expensive watch but it obviously has sentimental value. I went to the jeweller’s and they quoted me a hefty price to fix it which they agreed was probably more than it was worth but after some humming and hawing I went ahead with it.
I put in her room awaiting her return from the fleshpots of Britain. In the interim my brother came to stay and when I was preparing the room, I saw to my immense chagrin that the watch had stopped. I took it back to the jeweller’s filled with rage. The nice man behind the counter heard me out and then said, “Is it wound?”. Gentle reader, it was not, I had kind of forgotten that such a thing existed. I told herself this tale and she said, “How do you wind a watch, is it hard?” Passing on skills here as well.
I’m a watch stopper – battery watches die on my wrist (my sister is the same). So I have a number of automatic (self-winding) watches which need to be expensively serviced every few years but at least last longer than six months.
How weird. I’ve never heard of such a thing. I don’t think that that is her problem but perhaps it is. Either way, she should be sorted for the foreseeable.
Zoe Atherton says
I completely understand the sentimental value of certain items, especially those that belonged to loved ones who have passed away. It’s commendable that you went through the trouble of repairing your mother’s old watch for Herself. However, it’s frustrating to hear that it stopped working again, especially after investing so much money into repairing it. Have you considered any alternative solutions, such as finding a local watch repair shop that may offer more affordable options? Or perhaps even learning how to repair it yourself? It would be a shame to let such a meaningful item go to waste.
Fear not, it works, it’s just that idiot here had failed to wind it. All is now well.