Thursday, August 30, 2012

— My Alphabe-Thursday — "O" — Things in a Row — Two Questions —

"O" is for Omega.  Right away I think of God being the Alpha and the Omega, who was, is, and will be (forever until the end).*
But today, I am thinking of Omega watches.  The two on the left are Omega's, the one on the right is an Elgin.  They all have a history.
The first, on the left, is the oldest.  It is a 1970's version of the Omega Constellation that Mrs. Jim gave me when we first were married.  It was for an occasion but I do not remember it.  This watch is self winding.
The middle one Mrs. Jim also gave to me, this time for Christmas back in the 1980's when our daughter-in-law worked for Dillards.  She spotted it in an Estate sale lot and suggested to Mrs. Jim that I needed a new watch.  It is also an Omega Constellation but a newer model and has a Swiss battery operated crystal controlled movement.
The watch on the right is an Elgin that Mrs. Jim and I gave to Dad for his Christmas.  He was legally blind and could hardly see the numbers on his watch to tell the time of day.  We though this one might be easier.  He was very proud of it and until he died he wore both his old watch and this new one on his arm.  It also has a Swiss controlled battery operated crystal controlled movement.
I was glad it was an Elgin as I had worked at the Elgin watch factory in Lincoln, Nebraska, before I got drafted into the Army.  When I left my work group gave me a nice (wind up version) Elgin which I wore while in the service.
There is another watch that I still have, a retirement gift from my work group at the college.  It is a Seiko with the school crest on the face.  It also runs on batteries.  Only one problem with that watch, it is misplaced and I haven't seen it for several years.
When and if I ever get a new one it will be a light charged battery powered crystal controlled watch.  They are advertised as battery-less but there this small battery that will hold a charge for a few days.
The picture of my three watches poised on the saucer is posted here especially for Pat's Things in a Row.  BTW, the plate is one from Mrs. Jim's Spode collection.
I posted for Alphabe-Thursday 'O' assignments with Miss Jenny at the head of the class. You can find her by clicking here.
Thursday Two Questions are next.  (See Thursday Two Questions by Self Sagacity for more reading of other's two questions for this week. You could also make your own by checking in at this link.)
I really enjoyed your responses to my ice cream pictures last week.
My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):

1. What is your favorite Watch like?
All three of the ones shown are my favorites because they have special meaning to me.  There are a couple of Pocket Watches that I also like. 
One was my Grandpa's watch that he hocked in Arkansas so he would have money to get back home to Nebraska.  The other was given to me from a friend.  It was her deceased husband's and she left it to me in her will. Both of these have gold cases
2. Do you have some retirement or departure presents that are special?
Mrs. Jim's work group gave her a rocking chair when she retired.  It has her school's crest and Mrs. Jim's name embossed on the upper part of the chair back.
Bonus Question: What would be your favorite "O" word?
One last mention here.  I got hopelessly behind on returning your comments last week and doubt if ever I will get caught up.  The accident and the car have been very demanding. 
The car is totaled (please read last week's post if you didn't get to see a picture of it) and tomorrow we will go into Houston to look at a couple of possible replacements for it. 
*Note:   ""I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."" Revelation 1:8 NIV 1984.

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I'm impressed that you have so many watches, and I assume that they still work. My husband goes through watches like there's no tomorrow. Well, actually he's constantly breaking the bands. And he doesn't have a plain old watch - he's watch looks very scientific - I don't know what half the gauges do - converts dollars to Euros, tells you the current temperature, how much you weight, who knows?
Wow, so many watches :) One of my teachers collected watches. She would wear a different one every day :D Nice 'O' post :D
I used to "collect" watches...meaning I had a bunch. I still have a bunch, but pretty much only wear, square, chunky, silver, keeps good time...what more can I need?

Hope the accident stuff gets squared away ok. Have a great week!
Cool watches. Great use of "O" too.

1. I have a Gucci watch that I've not worn is years, but I love it in the day. I quite wearing jewelry a few years back. Just my wedding band anymore.

2. I have my lieutenant badge on a plaque. The plaque reads:
Deputy Sheriff's Association
of Stanislaus County
Lt. Sandra Clark
in appreciation for
25 years
of dedicated service to
The Sheriff's Office

3. Original, because I am. Bwahahahahaha.

Sorry your car got totaled, but I'm glad that you and Mrs. Jim are okay.

Have a terrific day. :)
1) I love the rolex watches and the patel phillipe. My watch was stolen so I am still very sad about it.
2) No retirement gift yet, but if there's a gift that I would absolutely love is another Rolex. :-)
Favorite O word? Ohmigosh! Have a wonderful holiday weekend.
Oh Jim. What a lovely lineup you have here. (And, tell Mrs. Jim that her Spode plate makes a very fine backdrop.)
My favorite watch is one that my husband bought for me on our honeymoon. .

A friend gave me a Citizen watch that winds itself by the movement of your arm when you wear it.

I love it!
Those are some really nice looking watches Jim.
I haven't worn a watch in years since the time is on my cell phone but my favorite it the one my husband gave me just before we married.

I haven't really retired yet. I quit my job when my husband was transferred here and have only worked part time since.

Ocean! I am really missing the Pacific coast right now, it's time for a trip to the beach.
Sorry again about your car, insurance companies really don't like to spare cars much these days! great O I know these watches, very cool!
Gosh, I never think of watches as actual collectable items- mine is just a cheapo one with a pink plastic strap. Wonder what that says about me?
Rod's mother had a watch that talked. She got it from some charity for the blind. The trouble was that she couldn't hear. As she got older, she couldn't remember how to set it, and it would "talk" at the wrong time. It also had an alarm on it that sounded like a rooster. When she came to Tucson to visit us once, we had to hide that watch in the garage because it kept crowing all night long!!
My dad had a very similar Omega watch back in the 70s!
I like your watches and your memories. I haven;t retired yet - but I know my gift will be Heaven. I have had the same Seiko watch for 20 years - I love it.
I like your watches.

My husband had an Omega watch but I won him a Breitling in a Valentines Day contest and he wears that one all the time now!

I don't think I've ever had to give a retirement gift. My husband and I have both been self-employed forever...

I wish we could retire but not quite yet.

Thanks for an outstanding link to the letter 'O'.


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