The first Thing I Love is my Seiko 5 Automatic. This watch is not special. It is not Swiss. It is not a chronograph. It has very few complications. But it has a transparent case back (similar to the image at right). It works with no fuss, and while it works it provides me with a touchstone. A connection to the world of physics and pure mechanics. There are no transistors or batteries in this watch. There is no silicone.
When I’m struggling to overcome the inevitable electrocomputational dilemma of the day, I often find myself unstrapping this watch, turning it over, and gently rocking the rotor from side to side. If I press my ear to the case as I do this, I can hear the tiny two-way ratchet schtschtschtschting across the sub-millimetre cogs on the winding wheel.
It makes me happy.
I love it.