Before we started selling Luminox watches, I bartered for one. The Founder & Co-CEO of the company stopped into our San Francisco store after a downtown meeting and ended up taking a liking to a few items. Since I can always use a watch, I figured we’d barter.
The safe bet would have been to grab a watch with a black or brown band and a clean face, but since when do I make the safe choice? I chose the Fighting Falcon 9129 with the bright orange rubber strap. Since I have quite a few orange pieces in the wardrobe — a tan glen plaid suit with a subtle orange windowpane, shoes with an orange welting detail, an old Loro Piana cashmere vest — I knew I’d have plenty of opportunities to wear the watch.
Unfortunately, my neighbor/landlord/friend/ex-soccer-teammate at the time (1) has a penchant for stealing my stuff, (2) went to Bucknell whose school colors are orange & blue. So I probably didn’t have the watch more than a week before it mysteriously appeared on his wrist, and never appeared on mine again.
Earlier this week, I posted on our Facebook page that we had an extra 1847 Field Chrono in the store, and we offered an extra-special, one-time price on it. Well, no one bit for a few hours, so I finally decided to keep it for myself since I didn’t have a nice casual watch with a brown strap. I think I had the watch for about 16 hours before a Wingtip member bought it off my wrist.
It may be time to stop showing the watches in the store, and just have me wear one or two on each arm until they sell…