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- By scottv Date 2004-03-08 01:17
Have you ever notice some people wear their watch backwards, what I mean is they wear the watch with the dial on the bottom side of the wrist, near the palm of their hand, so to read the time they have to turn their hand over, palm up ?

I've seen it all my life and but recently I was in the airport and saw a couple people wearing them like that and it got me thinking.

Why do people wear their watch like that?

When did it start ?

Is it only done in the US or do people in other countries wear their watch like that?
Parent - By hammer (Moderator) Date 2004-03-08 01:23
I think it might have started many years ago with Drivers/Machine Operators being able to see the time without taking their hand off the wheel.

IMO the watch will take more of a beating on the inside of a wrist.
Gary
Parent - By yonkyu Date 2004-03-08 07:39
My Dad wore his that way and I have seen some military types do it as well. I tried it as a kid and I beat the snot out of it. 

:-)
"Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt."
Parent By hammer (Moderator) Date 2004-03-09 01:27
My dad also wore his "work" watch that way on occasion. :-)
Gary
Parent By bentleyboy Date 2004-03-08 07:47
Its actually part of a secret cult that is going to take over the world. So be careful.
"Ones good two is Better" my dad
Parent By SecretSpy Date 2004-03-08 08:13
My Dad is a pilot and he has a 60's DJ and has always worn his with the dial turned in. When I was younger I would wear my Grandfather's Exp 1 that way to emitate my Dad. When I got my SS Thunderbird in college I decided to show it to the world. My Dad never cared about those vanity things like I do. I wear a Rolex for complex "manly" social reasons. Dad just wanted the best watch he could buy back in the 60's and when he flew he could glance down at his left inner wrist without having to remove his hand from it's resting position on the yoke. When I fly I turn it around, but back on Terra it goes right back to "show off" mode.
Parent - By VNRINGTACA Date 2004-03-08 18:27
I think it's just a somewhat easier motion when you need to look at the watch ... I tried it and it really doesn't work for me because I wear my watches so loose ...
Spitzbub aus Wien ... and damned proud of it !!!!!! ;-)
Parent By scottv Date 2004-03-09 00:55
Thanks for all responses, it makes sense; drivers, pilots, military. 

For me, around the office and house it would get pretty banged up. 

Oh, and I like showing off my GMT  :-)
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