Any of you who frequent the Affordables forum may recall my story about how my elderly but super-handy aunt helped me put together a watch cabinet. Thread here.
She went above and beyond to make it extra-nice and then donated to me a pile of older watches she had accumulated over a lifetime, including a beautiful, vintage, Stowa hand-winder, a perfectly running Elgin pocket watch with chain, and a "vintage" Casio Tachy Meter digital watch that looks and runs great after a battery change.
There was also quite a bit of rather worthless quartz watch fare in there. But one of the ones I keep smiling at when I look at it is this promotional watch that was my late Uncle's, my Aunt G's second husband. He played guitar for years in a touring band with Mel Tillis, a rather famous country performer. It's from GHS Boomers guitar strings, with the tagline "They're Dynamite!"
Made by Image Watches Inc., California, according to the caseback.
I'll probably never throw a battery in this and wear it, but I could see it serving the same purpose as a Swatch watch -- a splash of something loud and colorful and comic-bookish with certain clothing.
That got me thinking about the watch Nirvana's Kurt Cobain wore daily and exclusively in his last year or two of life -- on-stage and it was even on his wrist when he committed suicide. It was a promotional watch for Tom Peterson, a 1980s furniture store guy who ran tacky TV ads in Portland, Oregon, back in the 1980s. Same kind of aesthetic (pic borrowed from Web):
Anybody got any of these? Anybody WEAR any of these? Anybody have one that's a nicer watch than the typical low-cost quartz promo giveaway?