Watch vs Pistol - watch loses!!
My wife bought me a really nice watch several years ago for Christmas. It is the nicest one I have ever owned and by far my favorite. The watch has an automatic movement (which means the action is wound by the movement of your wrist) so that you never have to wind it. I love the watch and basically haven't taken it off since I got it several years ago. Which means that every time I have shot in the last several years it has been on my wrist.
So, last year it began losing time. I took it to the jewelry store and they sent it back to the watchmaker to take a look. I was told since it had a two year warranty their wouldn't be a charge. So off to the watchmaker it goes. Two weeks later they call back and inform me that my watch has undergone "Severe/Catastrophic Trauma" and won't be covered under warranty. My reaction is somewhat less than Christian to their diagnosis that the watch has been somehow beaten to heck and they aren't going to warranty it. I try to talk my way out of the $500 to fix the watch but they don't budge. Since, I really don't have any other choice I agree to the repairs. Month and a half later my watch returns in absolutely new condition (I have to say that they did a great job and have often wondered if they sent me a new watch).
Roll on several months - I am looking over my gun inventory and approximating the round counts on my handguns. For some reason I start tallying the total number of rounds that I have shot. I then start thinking about the following:
1. I'm left handed and wear my watch on my left hand
2. I have fired somewhere around 12,000 rounds with the watch on
3. "Normal" movement of the arm/wrist winds the watch
4. What the heck does recoil do to the watch
So I go and ask the jeweler where my wife got the watch about it. His first question was "so what do you shoot"? We get into a long conversation about shooting and pistols. He then tells me that wearing a watch on the same hand that you use to shoot is a "no-no". The recoil from the pistol will cause the main spring to overwind the watch. This in turn will almost always cause the watch to malfunction.
I doubt that this happens very often since most shooters aren't left handed. Secondly, most left handed people wear their watch on their right hand. Lastly, most people wear a quartz watch. However, I thought I would post this just in case I could save someone $500 bucks. You could actually buy a pistol with that money!!! :aargh4: