TemerityB wrote:Okay, you guys asked for it: The Tourneau "moment" was about four years ago. My wife was in picking up a Michelle (don't say it, I already know), and as we were waiting for the CS lady to come back, I ventured to very last area of the "Watch Gear" annex (since changed to a full Rolex annax), which is where this particular Tourneau used to hide their collection of Invicta POS. We'd always wander back there, look in the display cases, and laugh at the girth of all the oversized Venoms and Sea Spiders and whatevers.
On this particular day, however, a true beleiver and his son come racing in; I don't know why, but the two of them were like hustling to get to where we were. He's looking at same the display case where my wife and I are stifling guffaws. Spotting a huge Venom, I blurt to her: "Can you believe this one?" or words to that effect. To which I hear, coming from this guy with the son:
"You bet that's big! Invicta makes the biggest watches around! I have a whole lot of them!" He rolls up his sleeve to show me his Invicta, which was a pretty normal-sized thing but their standards. I feel my face getting red; I had already done the WG tango by then and don't really want to abide these people. So I slide down to another glass case, where I swear to God, my wife whispers, "Don't you say it - don't do it. You look like you're going to bust."
Apparently not paying any attention to my attempt to slither away, the guy just keeps hammering home his love: "Yeah, these things are the best buy around because they don't advertise" and "I'm saving to get that SAN over there" and "I want to get my son his first Invicta," and, of course, "WatchGeeks is a great website," and I'm probably looking at this point like Ren Hoek about hit bash Stimpy in the head with a bag of Gritty Kitty Litter. I look at my wife and she's caught between laughing out loud and trying to run to the other part of the store.
"I hope you get what you want soon," I say, or at least words to that effect. Seemed like a nice enough guy, but his taste was completely in his mouth - a few moments later, he as trying on, I'd say, about 11 different Venoms and other honking big watches, and while this is going on, the sales team members behind the counter were just stifling their glee, waiting for carpal tunnel to set in or for his forearm to snap. One guy I knew there exhanged glances with me, we both nodded to each other, and we both made the "spit take" sound as we walked in different directions.
As for the times I've actually seen people wearing Invictas, one was about 10 months ago at a Men's Warehouse (don't EVER shop there); another was at a chain BBQ restaurant called Famous Dave's; the third was most recently at a Macy's. All were like big honkin' watches on really big guys. And a lady I bowl with (just don't go there) also owns an Invicta, but she apparently has her heart in the right place because she says she only wears "cheap junk" while she's rolling.
For years I never really told this becausse I knew someone who worked at this particular store, but he's not there anymore so WTF.
That's a beautiful story, T, filled with pathos and warmth and--most importantly--the ball-breaking of a clueless, hapless Geek.
Interestingly, when I was at my last store, we had a security guard on contract who wore Invicters--in has case, Prodivers, two of them, which he was inordinately proud of. He was an older fellow, with one of those Mad Men
haircuts that made him look like a doltish Dean Rusk. He would wax lyrical about his Invicters, stating that he wore them because "people were always mistaking them for Rolexes," which just goes to show.
Indeed, the people I see wearing Invicters are either A) poor saps who got them as gifts from ShopNBC--err, I mean ShopHQ
--watching relatives, or B) clueless, hapless Geeks. The former set of individuals tend to be regular guys who really don't give a shit about watches. The latter seem to be like the one that Temerity so elegantly described--hyperventilating about their wortches like a seven-year-old boy prattling on about his new video game.