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The Watch Store
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I went to the watch store yesterday to get the battery in my husband's watch replaced and the watch band on my watch sized smaller to fit my wrist.

This store sells watches only (and a few clocks). To my amazement, the watches on display were nearly all analog watches. There was a tiny case of digital watches over in the corner.

The proprietor and employees were all twenty- or thirty- somethings, and I would have expected, at the very least, an equal division of analog and digital watches--and an understanding of the words "analog" vs. "digital".

I asked why most of the watches were analog. Blank looks in response. I showed them my watch (analog) and my husband's watch (digital), pointing to each in turn and naming the type of display. Responses to my question ran along the lines of, "Why would anyone want a digital watch?"

I personally prefer an analog watch because I do not have to stop and squint to read the numbers. I can glance at the placement and angle of the hands and know instantly what time it is. In fact, my watch face doesn't have numbers at all, just dots at each 5-minute mark and where a "3" would be, a tiny window for the date (which I can't read).

Plus it's powered by solar cells.

However, most people I know (just did a quick survey of our office) wear digital watches, though the clocks on our walls are all analog.

Maybe the analog watches are more expensive than digital ones, and this store caters to the wealthy. I didn't have the nerve to ask.

Do you wear a watch? Digital or analog?

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