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We all love watches, right? And we all wear a watch daily, some of us multiple watches - am/pm wear etc. I've worn a watch of some kind daily for years, it's as much a part of my dress as a pair of shoes. I like things to run to time; I like to be on time. So I thought I'd set myself a small challenge and chart my feelings post experiment. When I wake tomorrow morning I won't put on a watch at all, and will go a full 24hrs without wearing one. Just talking about it is making me feel a little tense; I'm pretty sure it'll be an uncomfortable experience.

Why you ask? This is a space for dedicated watch enthusiasts. It runs counter to the spirit of the whole thing. So, I just want to see what kind of feelings the experience leaves me with. I'll annotate the experiment when I've suffered it. If you feel like going cold turkey, too, give it a go. It might raise some really amusing anecdotes and, when it comes to pulling on your next wrist companion of choice, you might view the whole experience through a different lens. I guess you could call it a dry january of sorts for watch obsessives.

Give it a go, I dare ya. :D

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Good luck Des, if you don’t make it out the other side I’m sure you’ll be remembered fondly by the forum. :lol:

I’ve been someone who has always wore a watch, even before I loved watches I loved knowing what time it was. I’ve become so used to wearing one that I honestly can’t recall a day over the last 40 years when I haven’t had one on my wrist.
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I'm getting anxious just with the thought of it!

Good luck! #thoughtsandprayers
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I can't do it, Des.

I'll be all unbalanced and start walking around in circles.

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Sat Nov 11, 2023 12:46 pm I can't do it, Des.

I'll be all unbalanced and start walking around in circles.

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On the odd occasion that I know I am staying home for the day, sometimes I don’t bother wearing a watch.

So cold turkey doesn’t apply here.

As I’ve stated elsewhere, I’m more like to get it when I go for long periods without a purchase of some kind.
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strapline wrote: Sat Nov 11, 2023 8:24 am Just talking about it is making me feel a little tense
Just reading about it is making me tense!
when it comes to pulling on your next wrist companion of choice, you might view the whole experience through a different lens.
That’s a pretty intriguing thought!

I’m quite curious to see how I would see things after an experiment like this, but the level of anxiety I’m experiencing just reading about the idea of doing this will keep me from doing it. :lol:
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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Sat Nov 11, 2023 12:46 pm I'll be all unbalanced and start walking around in circles.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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I once went for 6 weeks without wearing socks. That’s marvellous. Cuts down on washing, fresh air gets to your feet and your toes get tanned.

I couldn’t justify it with watches though. I don’t see the benefit.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Sat Nov 11, 2023 2:21 pm I once went for 6 weeks without wearing socks. That’s marvellous. Cuts down on washing, fresh air gets to your feet and your toes get tanned.

I couldn’t justify it with watches though. I don’t see the benefit.
I don’t ever put socks on my watches. I’m sure the benefit is that it helps protect the watch from scratches.
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I’ll be watching for your thoughts on the experiment. I feel naked just thinking about it. It’s been about 15 years since I last did NOT wear a watch every day.
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Ha! What a cool idea!

Can't wait for the results... I will share some personal data as well.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Sat Nov 11, 2023 2:21 pm I once went for 6 weeks without wearing socks. That’s marvellous. Cuts down on washing, fresh air gets to your feet and your toes get tanned.

I couldn’t justify it with watches though. I don’t see the benefit.
I just want to trick my body, Steve, and see how it responds. I think it will be an uncomfortable 24hrs, I'm super conditioned to wearing a watch. I view it as a CBT therapy of sorts. Completely blxxdy tedious. :lol: :lol:

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jkbarnes wrote: Sat Nov 11, 2023 2:25 pm
Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Sat Nov 11, 2023 2:21 pm I once went for 6 weeks without wearing socks. That’s marvellous. Cuts down on washing, fresh air gets to your feet and your toes get tanned.

I couldn’t justify it with watches though. I don’t see the benefit.
I don’t ever put socks on my watches. I’m sure the benefit is that it helps protect the watch from scratches.
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All I can say Andrew is you must have a big ol' coat rack with one hell of a lot of coats. If you're not around you can't show yourself out. :lol: :lol:

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Not a chance, there’s enough stress/anxiety out there without putting myself through that :shock:
Good luck :D