What a chump

So, after going without a watch for two years, I saw this Invecta on Amazon: waterproof to 900′ , $109 bucks. I gave in and bought it. But it weighs 15 lbs and the damn metal bracelet is sized for gorillas. I can buy a kit to drive out the pins and adjust it, take it to a jeweler and pay a third its purchase price to have the wrist band shortened or dig further in my tool chest and find a way to deal with this.

I’m going for door number three, but it’s an excellent lesson in not succumbing to Internet shopping lust.


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29 responses to “What a chump

  1. Dan

    I love watches, but you should return that POS. I always wear a watch – specifically, an old rolex my dad bought in the 70s for a few hundred bucks. Runs great and takes a beating. If you don’t want to drop $5K at Betteridge for a new one, just go get yourself a sweet G-Shock Gulfman. Its got a tide clock so you’ll know when you’re creek will be full!


  2. Who gives a rats a**

    go to guys at the mall in one of those booths in the center of the floor..they’ll do it very cheaply.
    …..you’re welcome :))

  3. not so anonymous

    Half of what I buy online goes back…especially anything to wear.

  4. just_looking

    I paid $10 to have a few links removed. Call a few places, it will be fine.

  5. Wandering Through

    Or door #4, you could always return it.

    Picky, picky, picky!!

    From now on, leave the shopping to the professionals..i.e., the females.

  6. Stanwich

    First of all, I can’t believe you bought this tacky POS. I mean if you are going to wear something gold-colored then make sure it is actually gold.

    Secondly, bring it to a jeweler to cheap ass. For $10 they will size it with professional tools and make sure the bracelet is back on correctly afterwards.

  7. Pinzgauer

    I have some nice bolt cutters if you like.

  8. gideon fountain

    The folks at Betteridge Jewelers (117 Greenwich Avenue) will fix it quickly and cheaply. Take it over there (and next time, buy it THERE).

  9. Fly Girl

    The model you bought is more commonly called The Woman Repellent.

  10. Dan

    I agree with your brother, except for the bringing it there part… Return the POS and drop some coin on a real watch.

    • Heck, i was always happy with cheap, throw-away Timex Indiglos – I succumbed to temptation on this one because it claimed to be truly waterproof, but at this weight, I don’t want it.

  11. pulled up in OG

    Waterproof to 900′ !!

    You live on Ole’s Crik, not the Marianas Trench.

  12. Wally

    CF, really, you can’t tell the difference between this and the gold Rolex Submarinor (not!) Return it!!

    • I can tell the difference between a hundred bucks and fifteen thousand, and since a quartz movement is a quartz movement, I’m not interested in spending money on gold. But I should have stuck to my fifteen-buck Walmart Timexes,

  13. Greenwich Gal

    CF – For God’s sake – Be a man and buy a real man’s watch! I can’t stand to see a man in cheap jewelry. It should be your only jewelry item since we know you don’t have a wedding ring, so make it a statement about your timeless values. You know – quality, substance, craftmanship. Really, that watch is as bad as a “pleather” jacket.

    • GG, a “real man’s watch”, in my opinion, is one that is inexpensive and yet accurate. Anything else is pretension. But I wanted something that I could use while sailing, fishing, kayaking and even, though I haven’t done so in a few years, diving and I figured this one was reasonably enough priced to accomplish all that. But it’s too heavy and God forbid someone mistake it for a pathetic attempt to pretend its a Rolex. That’s as bad as wearing a cheap toupee.
      So I guess it goes back to Amazon, and I’m off to Walgreens to check out their Timex collection.

  14. Greenwich Gal

    Hey – don’t get me wrong – You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a quality watch. But it should be made of honest materials – stainless steel for example – and not some fake gold electro-plate. Check out Seiko, Omega, Longines, Ebel. Good quality watches – you can get one for under $500.00 and they have great movements. Timex makes a good watch but it is still a cheap watch – it won’t necessarily last a long time. You can give up some dough to be a little fashion forward, can’t you?

  15. Greenwich Gal

    I’ve had my Cartier for 20 years and I wear it kayaking, fishing, swimming, gardening etc. Never take it off. I highly recommend a beautiful, quality watch.

  16. Walt

    Dude –
    15 lbs? Steal a manhole cover and make it a sun dial. Then wear it on your left wrist. That way you have 2 strong hands.
    Your Pal,

  17. Walt

    Cobra –
    Wrong douche bag. Or should I say Hiram. But they are interchangeable.
    Your Pal,

  18. Old School Grump

    Ship it back express mail, quick, even though that costs a lot extra, so your credit is processed before the “gold” turns green and the warranty is voided. As for the green residue on your wrist, that should wear off by Independence Day, free of charge.

    Dude, what were you thinking? There’s a whole lot of cognitive dissonance between diving to 900 feet and wearing a $100 gold-ish watch.

  19. Wally

    All’s well that ends well (ie ditching the watch). It was kind of interesting, though, to see how quickly your readers jumped on you! (I suspect it was all in good fun).