I'm pretty picky about the kind of watch I wear. I really wanted exactly the same watch as my old one (which resembles the one on the right in this picture). It's a good all-purpose watch, and as the old commercials used to say, "it takes a licking and keeps on ticking."
The jeweler showed us to a display case where I spotted a watch that looked like what I wanted. When I pointed that one out, he informed us that the watch cost several hundred dollars. There weren't any diamonds or precious gems--and this sounded like an awful lot for a utilitarian watch with a basic-black leather band. That's when he told us that this watch was solar powered. It would never need a battery replacement.
For a person who spends eight months out of the year wearing long sleeves, a solar-powered watch doesn't seem like a good idea. I don't think it would get enough exposure to sunlight to keep it running!
By the way, while I was wandering around the jewelry department, I noticed that there was a big sale going on: wedding sets were deeply discounted. So guys, if you're planning on a Valentine's Day proposal, this is a good time to pick up that ring.
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