Why would anyone want to embellish the face of their watch with a picture of their high school? Let me try to answer that question from the perspective of… why not?
It was always kind of sad for me having to witness the closing of high school after high school as was so routinely done during the era of high school desegregation. At times, it seemed no matter what school they closed, I knew someone who attended there. Too often these closures affected family legacies (and) changed individual directions in life because once uprooted, those affected were confronted with the task of fitting in at another school. So where could former students turn for closure? As they aged and mainstreamed into society they could no longer view the building, walk its hallways nor its campus, or even reminisce with school yard and lifelong friends?
We were lucky. My high school benefitted from a unique alumni organization which moved itself forward by waging a sustained fight for alumni ownership of the building. Their well-intentioned presence in the years following the closure of my high school made all the difference. My high school (Mary N. Smith High, of Accomack, Va.), eventually closed it doors in 1970 after a lifespan of 40 years. Since that time it has been acquired by the alumni. The Mary N. Smith High School of today is enjoying a useful community life and currently under-going renovation by the alumni to become the Mary N. Smith Cultural and Enrichment Center.
Looking back over the years it’s clear many schools weren’t so lucky. For a time, I kept my concerns locked within. Then in 1992, I began to speak more openly about this in conversations with friends, co-workers, and from time to time I would mention it when I chanced to meet former students of the various schools. It was then that I took ownership of this cause and introduced my plan for preserving the memory and dignity of Mary N. Smith High and other closed and abandoned high schools.
My plan was a simple one - create a watch featuring a centerpiece drawing of each school and make the watch available to the generations of parents and students who attended the school. After many hours of researching yearbooks, area libraries, viewing old photos, talking with watch manufacturers, and incurring more than a few false starts, I came up with the prototype - a watch depicting my beloved Mary N. Smith High School 1930 – 1970.
Since then my company OUR TIME COMMEMORATIVE WATCHES has restyled and improved that 1992 version to where we have released a new millennial series-line of watches which we have trademarked as WATCH N’ WEAR:
WATCH - Artwork That Chronicles Your Education
WEAR - The Watch That Chronicles Your History
We believe your fellow alumni, your friends and family, and persons of the community who are knowledgeable will be very proud to own our WATCH N’ WEAR Commemorative Watches. Our WATCH N’ WEAR depicts the proud history of your high school and enables you to revisit all of the memories and times you loved so well as a student.
As you look over our WATCH N’ WEAR line of watches, consider also its Scholarship and Fundraising potential on behalf of your organization. WATCH N’ WEAR provides your organization the opportunity to place thousands of dollars into alumni treasuries and can be the anchor you need to sustain any scholarship drive.
We want you to know too that it makes a unique prize, or gift, and is ideal as a special award for your outstanding and accomplished graduates. It is a worthy recognition award for former teachers, former administrators, and former staff members, who are perhaps now retired. And finally, you’ll appreciate it as an ideal keepsake that’s always perfect as a Birthday, or Christmas Gift. It has been mentioned numerous times as the most logical award choice for your former athletes - including former football, baseball and basketball team members. Whether it’s an appropriate remembrance, or a gathering in appreciation, consider the gift of WATCH N’ WEAR for your selected honorees at alumni functions.
If you would like to have one of these treasured timepieces (to own, to wear, or to gift), simply click the "contact us" link and soon you can own a unique WATCH N’ WEAR watch depicting your high school and highlighting all of its glory years – and yours.
WATCH N’ WEAR it with the familiar pride and distinction you once knew as a student.
Larry M. Needam, Owner
OUR TIME COMMEMORATIVE WATCHES