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Watchband Counterweight

avoiding a common wardrobe malfunction
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A fashion-complementary weight, slightly heavier than the watch itself, is snugly attached to the underside of the watchband, opposite the timepiece. Its function is to ensure that when you're asked what time it is, you don't end up looking like you're examining your elbow for salsa stains.
FlyingToaster, Apr 30 2010

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       Huh? I'm not picturing the alluded malfunction. Why would one's watch be anywhere near the elbow?   

       I suppose I was expecting that having noticed the arm-lengthening you experienced on your watch-bearing arm you wanted to put a fashion-complementary (and compliment inducing) weight on the opposing arm, so that ultimately your arms would be equal in length, and you could once again buy non-bespoke shirts off the haberdasher's rack. I might have voted for that idea.
jurist, Apr 30 2010
  

       Well normally, unless you're willing to strap the thing tightly to your wrist, the weight of the watch will pull it to the outside or underside of the forearm, where it's impossible to read unless you contort yourself.   

       The counterweight is heavier than the watch so it ensures that the watch remains on the top or inside of the arm.
FlyingToaster, Apr 30 2010
  

       I would disagree that the condition you describe is "normal". Have your watchband properly fitted.
jurist, Apr 30 2010
  

       We would disagree that the condition you describe is "normal". Have your time system permanently integrated into your structure.
8th of 7, Apr 30 2010
  

       yes, well unlike apparently some people I don't feel the need to strangle, induce sweat, or remove hair from, my arm.
FlyingToaster, Apr 30 2010
  

       Perhaps the problem is not your watch, but your arm. I believe that pocketwatches were designed specifically with you in mind, [FT]. (And atomic clocks were designed with [1/8/7] in mind.)
jurist, Apr 30 2010
  

       Alternate mechanism: small clip that latches on to your arm hairs, preventing the watch from turning around on your wrist.
swimswim, Apr 30 2010
  

       [FT], lack of friction might be the problem - you might switch to a 'sport' band, made of fabric webbing, and get breathability even with a fairly tight watchband. [+] anyway for creativity.
gisho, Apr 30 2010
  

       Take it all the way, and spin the band and watch like they do tires, and add weights as required to balance.
normzone, Apr 30 2010
  

       attach a helium balloon to the watch?
pocmloc, Apr 30 2010
  

       More sensible, shirley, to fit a second similar watch as a counterbalance? It could be set to a ahead so that you know what time it will be in a couple of hours, as well as what time it is now.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 30 2010
  

       (Pictures flyToaster with his li'l skinny arm 'n his big 'ol floppy watch tryin' ta reedit all bent over 'n his cute li'l ole counterweight very smart idea 'n all these peeple gittin' all serious 'n all 'bout his li'l ole idea.  Endearing... ya li'l geek ya.) +
Mustardface, May 01 2010
  

       My watch has this tendency too. It’s a Casio Baby- G, getting on in years now, this one has a transparent (or was) plastic strap with a white body and blue trim. If I do it up at the tightish setting, it ends up too tight and definitely uncomfortable. If I take it to the next hole, it’s fine, but tends to rotate round the wrist a bit so that it’s facing outward from me.   

       Interestingly, the wrist watch is only a relatively recent invention, and for the first part of its appearance, it was really only for ladies to wear. Men still wore the pocket fob watches. Ladies wore wrist watches, but with the watch on the underside of the wrist.
Ian Tindale, May 01 2010
  
      
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