Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Catching up on time

July 14, 2005

Watches have had many changes in my lifetime. My dad carried a large pocket watch. Most fellows used chains, but he used a black shoestring. You don't wear a pocket watch but you do wear a wristwatch.

Dad's pocket watch kept good time. He used the same watch all the years he worked at the prison. After he retired, he wore a wristwatch. Most wristwatches did not keep good time, so once or twice a week you had to reset your watch and they also had to be wound each day. Years later Timex eliminated this problem by being so accurate.

When I was in high school I tried to wear a wristwatch, but it would stop in just a few minutes. There was something about my system that caused this. Although anti-magnetic, automatic or self-winding watches were invented years earlier, they were not perfected until the '40s.

During the Great Depression, many watch companies went out of business, but during WWII, there became a need for watches in the Armed Services. Watches then were designed for use by fighter pilots and military personnel. After WWII, civilian production resumed.

The Hamilton Watch Co. introduced the electric, battery-powered wristwatch in 1957.

Speaking of time, have you known people that are always on time, some are always late, some are always early? We seem to have a history of remembering folks that way.

Have you seen things happen that seem to be in slow motion? I think this happens because our minds have the ability to "speed up." There are days that seem to never end.

Timing is vital in many of our activities during the day, whether it is in sports, work or just plain living. Some of my favorite expressions are time flies, time is of the essence, take time, and if it weren't for the last minute, I would not get this column done on time. Time is a remarkable thing. What would we do without it?

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