Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Why The Soviet Union Collapsed

My cool looking but crappy watch

I have a thing for Soviet iconography. Not Leninism, not Stalinism, not Communism in general but rather the aparachniks' interesting design sense and use of symbols and color. I won't bore everyone with the details of my collection here except from noting that my current wristwatch is a Vostok "Tank Commander" model as pictured above. It is also the one of the worst watches in the world.

It looses about five minutes every hour and every morning and night at 11:30am and pm it stops completely (the second, minute, and hour hands meet in a sort of perfect storm and get all tangled together). The instructions are in cyrillic and it took me about 2 weeks to figure out how to set the date. The back of the watch and the strap buckle are made of some sort of metal that on particularly dry days makes my wrist itch and flake (knowing the Russians, its probably asbestos lined lead with a plutonium chaser).

The only consulation I have in all of this is the knowledge that my friend Boss Hogg's Rolex keeps even worse time; thus we have a triumph for the workers over the plutocrats, comrades!

(This is such a typical self-referential blog entry, but I should indulge myself from time to time).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have had the same watch for 9 years - still works fine... (a fake maybe?)