I used a watch as a conversation starter.
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    I used a watch as a conversation starter.

    I can't usually tell what watch someone is wearing but sometimes for the more iconic pieces, I can. Today I was at a conference and afterwards groups of people were trying to gain side conversation time with the keynote speaker. I noticed she was wearing a plastic Swatch from the 80's. I asked her if she was wearing a "straight up Swatch". I then had the next 15 minutes of her time exclusively talking about her Swatch collection and then business. Watches have become a new way for me break the ice. I suppose I need to study up on how to identify watches more easily.

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    Is a “straight up Swatch” a special model from back then or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    Is a “straight up Swatch” a special model from back then or something?
    No but the 80's plastic watches they made stand out more than the models they make today.

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    Always a good ice breaker/get your foot in the door topic.

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    Congratulations on finding another that's interested in talking watches. When I inquire or comment about someone's watch, it's usually either "It was a gift and I don't know anything about it" or "I just thought it looked cool and bought it."

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    Watches are great conversation starters. I always roll my sleeves up around 6:00 and make sure people get a good look. Sometimes I even ask people to read the time from my watch when it's about half-past the hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojanbybirth View Post
    No but the 80's plastic watches they made stand out more than the models they make today.
    Yeah, I have 3 including the Yamaha Racer and they kind of have that Jellies sandals vibe. Funny thing, a few years back I was in Jacksonville at the sawgrass PGA tour in the Rolex booth and struck up a convo with a lady with an 80s swatch! For 80s kids like me, I think they were definitely a thing and I have about 7 sistem 51s just because of that.

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    The watch I get the absolute most compliments on, practically every time I wear it, is my Swatch Sistem51 incognito. Everything else is damn near invisible.

    I think an irreverent watch invites conversation because it says, "I'm not a dick"

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