Standing in front of the guitar shop window was the greatest thrill and the worst kind of torture. As a kid, I never had the money to shell out for a mint condition Gibson, Rickenbacker or Les Paul. But they were right there in front of me, lined up like lacquered, mahogany and maple trophies. I could stare for hours at the smooth curves, long necks and the occasional flourish of mother-of-pearl. But I was stuck admiring them from outside, through glass like some kind of museum display.
After playing for what seemed like an eternity on dinged-up second-handers, I finally got my first Fender Stratocaster. It was worth the wait. I slid it over my shoulder, plugged in and cranked out my best version of "Pipeline." The guitar looked and felt like a masterpiece. That’s the thing about a classic guitar; the work of art is the piece you play...and the piece itself.
It's no wonder then that this remarkable Stauer Guitar Watch instantly plucked at my heartstrings. One look at its voluptuous body brought me right back to the glory days of rock-and-roll. The unique shape immediately brings to mind those round-bottomed bodies of vintage electric guitars. The same classics strummed by Bill Haley, Buddy Holly and true guitar gods like Jimi, Eric and Keith.
The eye-catching, ivory face features blue Roman numerals on the left of the dial and bold Arabic numbers on the right. Blued, Breguet-style hands keep time while additional complications mark the day, date and month. A date window sits at the 3 o’clock position. Inside, the 27-sapphire-jewel movement utilizes an automatic self-winding mechanism that never needs batteries. The Stauer Guitar Watch secures with a genuine black leather band and is water-resistant to 3 ATMs.
A quick word of caution — I’ve been wearing the guitar watch for weeks and it has significant side effects. "Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits" has been stuck in my car stereo. I find myself humming Bo Diddley during conference calls and once in a while I take a slow ride past the guitar shop on my way home.