I’ve always loved watches. I’ve written before about how I don’t (anymore) own an Apple Watch. They’re fine, especially now that they last more than half a day, but still not for me.

I was going through my watch box (I need a bigger one) moving a few pieces back into their boxes as I just don’t wear them much compared to others. I decided to put my first Swatch in the box now that there was room.

I’d had watches before this, always digital. IIRC this swatch, that my mom took me to Mervyn’s to buy was my first analog watch. It’s the Blue Jet, circa 1990.

I loved this thing. I bought a glow in the dark ‘Swatch Guard’ for it. Since it was my first analog watch I wasn’t great at actually being able to tell time on it, so I marked my Swatch Guard up with notches to show the hours. I’m inventive. I wore it for years through middle and highschool before other watches took it’s place. But I didn’t get rid of it like I did those other watches. Blue Jet went back into its sleak clear plastic case.

I’ve held on to this watch (At some point I replaced the band with a clear plastic one.) all these years, in its box.

I’ve ordered new batteries for it and will be putting it back in rotation once they arrive.

What’s your ‘thing’? That thing you probably own too much/many of. The thing that means so much to you, has such a deep connection to you?

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By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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