Last week I was playing cards with some friends and the subject of calculator watches came up. I had one when I was a kid and I loved it. In my usual manner, I began obsessing about calculator watches. I looked some up on Etsy and eBay and was pretty shocked by the prices for real vintage calculator watches. I found a repop of the classic Casio calculator watch on Think Geek, which is pretty cool - but I dig vintage! The day after I was doing my searches online I was in a thrift store - checking out the cheesy earrings hanging on a display rack and zomg! I found a freakin' calculator watch. Just hanging there waiting for me! It wasn't working but the price was right so I picked it up and raced home with my prize!
When I got home and showed the watch to my boyfriend. Now, the watch didn't have a scratch on it. Perfect and pristine condition. It had obviously never been worn. The band is straight, unbroken, not even a tiny scratch. So my boyfriend and I went back and forth about whether or not the watch was a repop. It just didn't look vintage - it looked brand new. I did some research on the brand of the watch - Kinetic (Made in China). In all the interwebs I could only find one reference - a vintage Kinetic calculator watching listed on eBay for $125 (gasp! choke! splutter!).
The next few hours were spent taking the watch apart, finding a replacement battery and putting everything back together. Hallelujah! The watch worked! And here is the best part of the story - when the new battery was in, after some quick calculations, I started playing with the settings. Since the watch had never been used it still had all the factory settings - The date on the watch 1-1-1983. Vintage verification!
I am having a bit of a dilemma over whether or not to keep the watch or resell it. I mean, reselling is what I do. Obviously there is a market for these wee bits of nostalgia but I'm not sure I can part with it. I feel like fate or destiny or something in the universe brought us together. The perfect watch at the perfect time (heh).