The Atomic Pocket Watch
By James Grahame
What could be cozier in the wintertime than a shiny new atomic watch?
Hammacher Schlemmer claims their $149.95 timepiece is the world's only pocket watch to synchronize with the WWVB Atomic Clock time signal broadcast from Fort Collins, Colorado.
That claim aside, the ad copywriter has obviously never owned a quartz watch because s/he also claims that "it will never gain or lose a second for 30 million years." I beg to differ - the watch battery hidden within the svelte 2-inch surgical-grade stainless steel case will probably need replacing after a mere two or three trips around the sun.
What else? Well, there's a 14-inch stainless steel chain with lobster clasp to keep it firmly attached to your carpenter's jeans at all times, and the LCD display toggles between day/date and second mode. Huh. Somehow I thought the Atomic Age would be far cooler.