Friday, July 24, 2015

The Wristwatch Forward Arm Thrust

In a way, this motion is the opposite of the wristwatch walk, where you protect your watch from moving walls and leaping doors by putting your arm behind your back or covering your watch with your palm.

A thrusted Grand Seiko.
I noticed myself doing the wristwatch forward arm thrust the other day. The forward arm thrust is a quick forward arm motion that results in your shirt sleeve falling back along your arm to expose your watch. The purpose of the forward arm thrust can be as simple as to let you enjoy a view of your watch. The forward arm thrust can also be for a more complex reason, such as to assert your position in the hierarchy of whatever meeting you're attending, or as part of a mating ritual, much like that of birds who puff their plumage.

Most male wristwatch wearers do the forward arm thrust. It becomes instinctive after a few days of first wearing a Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breguet, Breitling or other high-end watch.

A sociologist studying the forward arm thrust (should any sociologists be that desperate for something to study) would find that rarely do people wearing Casio G-Shocks perform the forward arm thrust.

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