[nabs-l] braille watches help!

Ignasi Cambra ignasicambra at gmail.com
Tue Aug 17 21:46:46 UTC 2010

In my opinion, a watch is a watch, and it's supposed to help you tell what time it is. What I mean is that if you want a watch that looks particularly cool and that's constructed with particularly great materials, then it might be worth spending $200 on it. But if you just need a watch that's practical and that you won't regret scratching and/or losing, then don't spend too much money on it. The ones that the independence market sells are just fine. I checked them out at convention and there was nothing wrong with them. Just think that these watches can't be used under water (I.E. when swimming, taking a shower etc). I'm really bad with these things and I've killed many watches by happily swimming with them on. So I would never spend $200 on a watch that I'll be wearing every day. I have a very good braille watch that I got in Switzerland for a lot of money, and I only use that for special occasions or just some days when I feel like using it. But it's definitely not something I use every day. These are all the things I would consider when buying a watch...!

On Aug 17, 2010, at 5:27 PM, Kerri Kosten wrote:

> Hi All!
> I asked briefly about this in a post a few days ago, but it was amidst
> many other questions so I figured it'd be best to just start a new
> thread about braille watches.
> I am considering getting a braille watch because it would make it much
> easier to independently tell the time in noisy or quiet situations. My
> friend has a Seiko braille watch. David Andrews told me to look on
> Independent Living Aids for it. I not only did this, but I also did a
> google shopping search for it. The cheapest Seiko watch I can find is
> $150 from Amazon. The Seiko watch on Independent Living Aids is $179.
> Please help! Is this a good price for a braille watch? That's almost
> $200. My friend, and David Andrews told me that it's up to me but I've
> never really seen or used a braille watch before so I have no idea of
> what prices are good, and what to look for.
> Do many of you use braille watches? Do you find them useful?
> Right now, I use my Iphone or my computer to tell time and that has
> worked but when I am in a noisy environment a braille watch may help.
> What are the differences between the expensive Seiko watches and the
> cheaper ones? I saw ones on the NFB site for $45...
> What things/characteristics should I look at when trying to decide on a watch?
> I also know Seiko has stopped making their braille watches...so which
> ones do most of you use? What is a good one to get that is similar to
> the Seiko?
> Are there any other ones being made that you don't have to wind the
> hands for? I've been told that with most other watches you have to
> wind the hands but with the Seikos you don't have to do this.
> Also, are you required to use a braille watch during training at
> either LCB or CCB?
> If so, which ones do they give?
> Is it even worth getting one? Lol. Like I said usually my computer
> and/or my Iphone are fine, but in noisy environments I have to ask
> someone what time it is because I can't hear Voiceover on the Iphone.
> The voice they use is kind of soft.
> Thanks,
> Kerri
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