Who all in our little coop here will admit to wearing a pilot watch? There is nothing wrong with it I believe and I think they are cool. But they are not really my thing. First off, I have very thin wrists comparatively and they just don’t look right on me. Chuck obviously wears the biggest one made for his wrist. Actually, when you look at him even closer, it may be even way bigger than what his wrist permits.
The main reason for me though is that I got into the habit of wearing watches that are mostly plastic or rubber material. They are cheaper, but more importantly, they are NOT conductive when it comes to heat or electricity. In my young mechanic days I watched a guy reach underneath an instrument panel to “wiggle a few wires” for an intermittent gauge when he bridged a battery hot wire to ground with his gold watch. He almost welded himself to the battery wire right there, but was somehow able to yank his hand out. The watch was glowing red hot and it took a survival knife to cut it off his wrist because the clasp as welded shut. Underneath there were third degree burns.
After all this I looked at my scratched metal watch (I continuously scratched all my watches especially while working on Cessna Skymasters. If I were smarter, I might have taken it off before but I kept forgetting) and decided to retire metal and go with plastic from now on. Another life lesson was learned for me and I just never went back to even entertaining buying one of those cool looking watches. I am still in the habit of never taking my watch off, and even though I don’t work on aircraft as much as I used to anymore, I have accidentally airbrushed a few of these watches which doesn’t sting as much on a Casio compared to a Breitling …
Since Chuck tries to get out of working as much as he can, he might not have the same problem however. It will be a lot easier for him to keep wearing his fancy watch while at work (notice I said “while at work” and not “while working”). And if he does end up welding himself to a battery after all, at least we’ll get some comic strips and a few laughs out of it 😉