Adapted from and with acknowledgements to Daniel Senia, Time & Tide Watches: https://timeandtidewatches.com/opinion- ... arers-one/
Perhaps naively, I’ve recently been enlightened that not everyone has the same obsession with watch wearing as I do. Until posing the question around the office, I took it as a given that setting the accurate day/date and time was just something every watch wearer did first thing in the morning. Oh, how wrong I could be! A morning ritual that I once thought was normal has, after further investigation, seems to be borderline OCD. Delving further into the weird and wonderful ways other watch wearers choose to wear their timepieces, it seems there are in fact three archetypal personas. We’ve decided to name them: the Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale, American Psycho), the Teddy Flood (James Marsden, Westworld) and the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul).
The Patrick Bateman wakes every morning to the same routine, opening his side table drawer and starting the day by picking out his timepiece of choice. The ritual begins by setting the day and time, changing the strap (if required) and winding the watch (if need be) and ensuring the watch is accurate to the millisecond. After all, why else would you own such a precise thing as a Swiss watch? Once this has been achieved, he walks to his wardrobe and proceeds to match an outfit to his pre-selected timepiece.
- Time: Correct to within a second.
- Date: Are you kidding? Never wrong.
- Time: Generally right, sometimes give or take a minute to ensure a few minutes late to a meeting is actually on time.
- Date: Meh. Fifty-fifty. Usually wrong.
- Time: On a good day, it will be five minutes fast. On a bad day — in fact, most days — it’s telling the time it ran out of power, plus the time since it was put on.
- Date: There’s a one-in-31 chance it’s right.