My Rolex, as that of my wife, never has kept good time over long periods.
Does that bother me? Absolutely not. There is not now, and has never been, a time in my life where greater accuracy has meant anything at all. The greatest practical service the watch renders me, courtesy its rotating bezel, is keep me on the right side of parking meters. And, when I was young, able and in sailing circles, it allowed me to go swimming in the sea off boats, without a care in the world, secure in the knowledge that should I dive to 660 ft, I would surely die, but the watch would survive! What more can you ask of a watch: oxygen?
Regardless, the thing was purchased back in í72 or so, and expensive to me then, I still have it and would never replace it with anything else, even another, dearer, Rolex. It means what it means to me now for what it meant then: the ability to buy what I did (and still do) consider to be the best single piece of industrial design Iíd ever seen. Close, in camera terms, would be the Leicas 111G and M3 and the Nikon F with Ďblad 500C completing the category.
It is possible to enjoy the beauty in manufactured articles as it is the beauty in some women. To deny that and attempt to smear it with envious innuendo isnít so far removed from the rants of the wilder feminists.