I have two watches I tend to wear. The big one is practical and the small one is sentimental.


This small one was given to me by my grandmother when I was about seven years old. She had picked it up in the gutter and thought it was a toy. I wore it daily until I was about 15, when the winder fell off. I went to the local jeweller to ask if he could fix it. He shut me in his office and called my father to find out if he knew I was wearing such an expensive watch to school. Turns out it is platinum with diamonds. I felt awful for years about the person who lost it but I do love it. Nowadays it is becoming harder and harder to find watchsmiths who can repair mechanical watches. It needs cleaning and setting every few years.

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This one I wear to work. It has a very big clear face so I can put it like a clock in front of me when I teach. My students don’t have to worry about me glancing at my room clock or my arm but I always know what the time is. This is one of the reasons I always finish exactly on time. I can also use it if I need to time speeches and presentations. I have had this watch for about six years now and it is still on the first battery and strap.

I had a third one I bought at a village fete for £1. It was a classic Pulsar watch with a plaited strap but it died recently and cannot be fixed. I still feel quite lost without it. It served me very well and every time I looked at it I was reminded of a happy time on a Saturday afternoon with family in an Olde English atmosphere under African skies!

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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