[access-uk] Re: VIBRATING TACTILE WATCH

Hi Robert and all,

You make a telling comment.  Although there have been attempts at making =
conventional tactile watches look stylish, they generally fail because th=
e wear and tear caused by using them fairly quickly makes them look tatty=
=2E  Hands and faces become rusted, discoloured or marked from constant c=
ontact with the fingers and they're very difficult to get clean again.  T=
here will be many sight impaired people who're prepared to ignore or live=
 with this because the watch does what they primarily want it to, namely =
tell the time in an accessible way.  In just the same way there are sight=
ed people who're perfectly happy with a twenty or thirty quid Timex.  But=
 others choose to do what your son has and go for something that also loo=
ks good at a more expensive price. =20

Your other comment is interesting too.  Naturally, as part of my research=
 for the In Touch piece I visited the American site you passed on to the =
list.  Since doing so I've had three spam emails offering me genuine Swis=
s watches at unbeatable prices.  Now, either the spammers are devoted Rad=
io 4 listeners or hits on that site are registered or passed on in some w=
ay.

Cheers now.

Ian

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf =
Of Robert Stokes
Sent: 22 October 2004 09:44
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: VIBRATING TACTILE WATCH


Hi Alex,

Many years ago, I bought one of the first quartz Braille watches from RNI=
B=20
at a cost of =A350. I shudder to think of what it would be now. I was qui=
te=20
pleased with it. My son had recently bought a new Rolex costing over =A31=
,000.=20
When he saw my new watch he said, "why should people have to put up with=20=

that sort of rubbish just because they are blind?" When I asked what he=20=

meant, he said, "it looks naf  and no sighted person with any respect for=
=20
their appearance would be seen dead wearing it.

I think perhaps a lot of us don't realise just how important appearances =
are=20
to many people with normal vision. They feel that watches aren't just for=
=20
telling the time, they also say something about the people wearing them.

Best.

Robert.
----- Original Message -----=20
From: "Alex Stone" <alex.stone@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 6:27 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: VIBRATING TACTILE WATCH


An awful lot of people do!  I think it's important to realise that watche=
s particularly from RNIB are subsidised, and we don't pay what they cost!=
 Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf O=
f Peter Beasley
Sent: 21 October 2004 20:33
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: VIBRATING TACTILE WATCH


Who in their right mind would pay that sort of money for a watch?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Stone" <alex.stone@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 6:53 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: VIBRATING TACTILE WATCH


> Graham, Well of course that's up to you!  I'm very happy with mine!=20
> Alex.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: 21 October 2004 16:34
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> Subject: [access-uk] Re: VIBRATING TACTILE WATCH
>
>
> Too rich for my blood.
>
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