Wednesday, April 10, 2019

What I Like - Hager Aquamariner Black

Sometimes you get a wee-bit tired of the press releases, and barking and clapping your flippers like a trained seal hoping to get a smelly, slimy fish tossed into your gaping maw.   Sometimes you just want to write about something that you actually like, that actually speaks to you.  
Courtesy of Hager
I would love to tell you that this attraction is rational, based on what the chuckle-heads over at some of the other outlets term the "value proposition".  And by the way, how douchey is that?  It is the ultimate back-handed compliment -

"Hey, your watch doesn't cost much money, and it looks marginally better than that other shitty wrist-bound turd for the same price!  And if I had a shitty job and couldn't do better, then by golly I'd buy it!" 

I guess you get to be the "value proposition" for a smaller retainer than to be a full-blown "dope-assed-watch" with some outlets ; ) 

But I digress...

Back to irrationality - I love the Hager Aquamariner Black for the very reason that it does not tick my usual boxes.  It is a completely and utterly visceral reaction (positive) for me.  I can't explain it with the "Well, for the amount of money spent, divided by the name recognition, multiplied by the jackass factor, this watch scores a..."
So let's dispense with the hyperbole.  I just like it.

Some Henki-lore that might help put this into perspective -
I am not, and have never thought myself to be, a bad-ass.  I am simply a middle aged man that never realized his full potential.  I have no fantasies about punching out a Nazi on the beaches of Normandy.  I do not fantasize about jumping out of airplanes or climbing mountains.  I LIKE room service and clean sheets, I like driving the speed limit, I closely follow the machinations of the local school board (even though I have no children enrolled there).  I entertain no misplaced notions that a watch will transform me into anything other than I am - a middle aged man who never reached his full potential.  

But all that being said?  The Hager Aquamariner Black?  It speaks to me.

Here are the pertinents, straight from the Hager site, and for the record, the retail for this time machine is (I believe) $650 US:

DLC case with a satin finished DLC steel bracelet equipped with a slidelock extension. Uni-directional rotating 60-minuted stainless steel engraved bezel with a black insert. Black dial with luminous silver-tone hands and luminescent dot hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim.  Automatic hacking movement (Miyota 9015) with a 42 hour power reserve. Date Display at 3 o'clock. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Screw down crown with tube.  Solid case back.  Water resistant at 300 meters / 1000 feet. Functions: hour, minute, second.  Case diameter: 41 mm.  Case thickness: 12.75 mm. Lug to Lug: 50mm.  Band width: 22 mm.

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