Thursday, March 24, 2011

A perfect thrifting day

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).


  1. I have the same robot pencil sharpener- I love him :)

    I would sell the watch- that's a big bounty for a little relic! Maybe the Thrift Gods will be kind and bring you another.

    (Also: Regarding our "Transformers the Movie" quotes, how could we forget the best one!? "Oh SHIT, what are we gonna do now?" Almost matches your watch dilemma...)

  2. Haha. I love that quote from Spike! No way would a kid's cartoon ever get away with a tiny bit of cussing these days. (See the unedited Goonies!) I could go all day with Transformers quotes. You'll probably see them popping up all over your blog now. hehe.

    I'm not surprised you've got that same robot pencil sharpener. He's awesome! I love the little key he carries around too.

  3. your blog is so cute!
    if you want you will be my follower!:)

  4. Wow. That is a nice little chunk of change for that watch. You should list it at a big high price so no one will buy it...or maybe they will?? $$$

  5. That is totally awesome, I hope you decide to keep it in the end, because it's probably quite rare to come upon one so untouched! Plus it's got a great story of you guys bringing it back to life! My brother had one of these when we were kids, I'm sure he would totally love to have one again now!


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