My First Watch

My First Watch

in the Albany Times Union –

 Browsing through the 2009 Farmers Almanac, I noticed a full page ad for an atomic watch. The ad stated that the watch never had to be reset for daylight saving time changes. And you don’t have to read it because it’ll talk to you. And it’s accurate to the second for a billion years, or some thing like that.

I thought to myself, “Wow, a hundred bucks for a watch that does all that, wow. My first watch did all those things and didn’t cost that. What are those people trying to push over on me? ”

I don’t remember when I was given my first watch. I was just a little kid, but I still have memories of it. It went with me all about the neighborhood when I was a kid growing up and playing in Delmar, sorta midway between Elsmere and Slingerlands.

The name of my watch escapes me, however, it definitely wasn’t Rolex or Timex. For some reason, I think Alco may have been part of the name. Most of my playmates had a watch like mine, as did a lot of grown-ups.

My watch had “THE” technology of it’s day, and all the bells and whistles, too. I never had to wind it, or reset it for daylight saving time, and it even told me the time. There was no problem knowing when it was 2AM in the wee hours of the new day, 11:20 in the morning, noon, 4:25 in the afternoon, 6 o’clock, 7 o’clock or 11:10 in the evening, as well as various other times of the day and night.

It was the link to being home when mom said to be…no excuses!

Funny thing about that watch. I couldn’t hold it, see it or even touch it. But as a kid, I always knew where it was, and never misplaced it.

I’d still be using that old watch today, if I hadn’t lost a few parts to it. So, staying with the times and technology, my cell phone alarm now alerts me to the changing time.

But, I’ll never forget my first watch, composed of the Delaware and Hudson RR locomotives, the church bells, the fire whistles.

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