In the valley of the blind the one eyed man is king, and in a world gone mad I am the only sane one left. So my reasoning goes that if something is important or pertinent to me, all lesser beings must have a faint glimmering of recognition in their barely functional brain pan of the same. Which is why I know I can’t be the only one worried about so many and varied issues post-apocalypse wise. One of which is telling the time. No, it isn’t the most important issue you’ll have to face. Probably it ranks right down there with whether or not you’ll have enough electricity to continue watching “Airplane” ( “and don’t call me Shirley” “I like my coffee like my men“ “I picked a hell of a day to give up cocaine“ “tell me, Johnny, have you ever been in a Turkish bath?” ). Time pieces definitely have their uses, such as overseeing guard shifts or domesticated animal feeding schedules or needing a uniform process in a chemical manufacture, but it is also a Comfort Item. We are so trained in living by a clock ( ie, we need X amount of sleep gauged in hours rather than allowing our bodies to guide us by need ) that it is actually disorientating to be without them. Oh, you can live without a watch or clock for a short time, perhaps roughing it in the wild, getting away from civilization. But you’ll crave it again soon enough as you return to routine. I’ve recommended the digital travel clocks before. They are under $10 and one AA battery will last you three of four months or longer, depending on if you are using the alarm daily. But if you want a timepiece to take with you, I’d stay away from digital.
An auto-wind watch is nothing new. They were invented in the 1920’s and perfected in the 30’s. The movement of your wrist winds the watch. No batteries are needed. To me, this is the best thing since sliced bread because while I’m just getting over being rectally violated by Obammy, when others dog pile on top of me and try to get in on the action it really cheeses me off. Wal-Mart once again sells me a crappy piece of overpriced crap ( yes, I shop there as little as possible. Sometimes they are the only one in town with the item [bike tire when mine developed a massive tumor] or shipping on an item doubles the price as in heavy and bulky items ), those foul crap suckling bastards. The watch battery my Timex came with lasted over five years- I changed it before it ran out, even. The $5 replacement from the Hillbilly Mafia lasted half that long. I wasn’t going to give them another chunk of change for a watch battery if I could help it, so I ordered an auto watch. What it cost me would have kept me in Timex batteries the rest of my life, but the principle is the point. And, I now have a nifty post-apocalypse timepiece. The neat part about these watches is, you can’t over-wind them. When you receive one, you manually wind it a couple dozen times to get it going. If you take it off and it stays stationary for about two full days, you again manually wind it to get it started. The bad part is, they are NOT as accurate as we are used to today. No Quartz movement or atomic clock resets ( which I‘m sure sends out its signal using grid juice ). You need to reset to the correct time now and again. This does present a slight issue if you don’t have a master accurate clock to reference. Perhaps this is here the travel clock helps. If you change those batteries before the clock dies you keep the same time without fail. Again, not life and death. But a really nice piece of equipment to have.
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