Some Thoughts on Obsolescence in the 21st Century

Columnist Giles Slade recalls, "My dad bought me a good watch when I was 16. It was a 23-jewel, self-winding Bulova built to last a lifetime. It carried an implicit recognition that I'd grown up - sort of - and that keeping time, meeting deadlines, being where I was supposed to be were all important considerations for the adult I'd become." Slade asked his son when he turned 16, what kind of watch he wanted for his birthday. The answer of course, was ""Can I have an iPod instead?"

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The problem with a phone or on iPod is that you don't have it with you all the time. I am in my mid thirties and I have a buddy that is a year older than me and he gave up on watches because he could refer to his cell phone. What ended up happening was that he was always asking me the time. I have a nice analog Seiko on my wrist (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00068TJ3K) Eventually my friend have up on the cell phone and went back to a watch.I was showing my seven year old daughter watches online because she said she wanted a watch. Initially she saw the flower watch and really wanted it (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000TIKGM) but then she found a gecko watch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000BX8L1) and the flower watch was completely passe. The gecko watch and the flower watch are by Timex and are basically the same watch. Wouldn't you know it but the gecko watch is $3 more than the flower watch.

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