I’m 24 years old, did my automobile technical from ITI Kanpur and am now working as a trainee in an automobile service centre in Chennai.
Having secured myself this job, I decided to retire my dad’s old hand-me-down watch. It’s been repaired a few times, has accumulated a lot of scratches and, is also around 5 or 7 minutes slow.
My new place of work as some pretty strict guidelines as to time taken to do specific jobs. In the job card I need to mention the time taken for each specific job I do. I realised, I not only needed a watch that was accurate, but also needed a watch that had a timing function so I could start and stop the timer at start and completion of a job.
I looked at watches my colleague were wearing. I noticed that the seniors had the old Casio digital watches; probably purchased when they had joined as trainee. And, I’m guessing that back then, the Casio digital was famous. My younger colleagues were wearing watches of various brands and most were digital. Two of them were wearing analog Chronos.
Now, any workshop and more so the automobile workshop, is a place that is noisy and there is constant vibration. We use air powered pneumatic tools and when operated, they deliver quite a punch to the hand. This shock travels up the arm and will affect anything on the arm e.g. the watch. So, I realized that any watch I buy, would have to be shock proof.
In short, I was looking for an accurate watch that had a timer function and was very shock proof. I ‘Googled’ these specifications and Google recommended me several brands along with their photos. My eye caught the Timex Expedition Global Shock World Time Alarm Indiglo Digital T49973 Men’s Watch being sold at https://www.citywatches.in for roughly Rs 3,800/- Various other sites too were selling this same watch but at much higher prices.
Timex Expedition Global Shock World Time Alarm Indiglo Digital T49973 Men’s Watch has a grey dial with bright large Arabic numbers, a thick resin strap, a super large almost 5cm dial, multiple functions that included selectable time zones, alarm, stopwatch, countdown timer, day and date display, and background lighting. Most importantly, it was shock resistant.
The numbers have a green glow to them and so the time can be read even in pitch darkness. There are four very large red coloured buttons (two on each side), that I can operate even with gloves. To me this was important as I had noticed my colleagues removing their gloves to operate the tiny buttons on their watch. Additionally, the watch has 100M resistance again; this is important because the automobile service centre is also a place where we use water under high pressure.
To make a long story short, I am quite happy with my new Timex Expedition Global Shock World Time Alarm Indiglo Digital T49973 Men’s Watch.