EDC: When you ask “what time is it?”, what does “it” refer to?

Syntactic pleonasms aside, check out my watch.100_3023I got a Casio Water Resist for free because a damaged one was returned to MEC while I was working there as a bike mechanic. The vinyl strap was torn, but the piece seemed okay, so I heavily modified it. let’s zoom in.100_3020First, I removed the straps and drilled out the mounting holes. The body on the watch is soft, tough plastic, and I selected a drill bit just the diameter of a bicycle spoke. Then, I cut the spokes to length and screwed them in with a pair of pliers. The spokes have an extruded thread, so the fit is exceedingly strong. I took rollers from a bike chain to connect the strap.

100_3016The strap is recycled polychord of some description. I don’t know. I found it in an alley. It’s roughly 11 feet of continuous rope, and, for reference, the retroreflective bits always had a rusty yellowish tint to them, it’s not purely wrist sweat. I wove it according to this instructable, although my chord was a little bit stiffer and didn’t settle as nicely. I also had to improvise a little when I couldn’t fit the chord around the pins, hence the chain rollers. The clip was salvaged so long ago I have no idea what it was originally attached to.

100_2996So, it’s a bit janky, I guess, and won’t win any awards for Exceptionally Elegant Design, but it’s basically indestructible. So far, it has been frozen, drown, coated in sawdust, crashed off a bike, and smeared with superglue which was subsequently sanded off. And, most importantly, it knows exactly what time it is.


About Jesse Conlang

Jesse Conlang lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he has trained squirrels to operate pens and pencils at his whim. You can probably tell that by the quality of the work.
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