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why do watches stop on my wrist

Here's one that I don't think we have ever discussed. I've known various people over years, including two relatives, who insist they cannot wear wrist watches because they invariably stop working after a short period of time. No these are not jack-hammer operators, just regular folks who say that they have given up on wrist watches after multiple failed attempts to find a one that will function on their wrist. The implication is that close contact with the person is causing the mechanism to fail. It is interesting on a few different counts. One is that, while I have no statistics on this, I seem to recall several people over the years making this claim, and often saying that they know of other people who have the same problem.

It makes me wonder how widespread this is. Secondly, I have never seen it mentioned in any of the paranormalist literature or TV shows. I am always more interested in mysteries in which nobody is making a profit on it. Also, unlike transient phenomena (ghosts and UFOs) this one involves something solid - a watch that won't work. And apparently it could be replicated, as these people are saying watches just don't work on them. On the psychological side, the people I know who make the claim seem strangely accepting of this bizarre situation.

They shrug it off. I have wondered if perspiration could be involved. If not excessive perspiration, could it be a mineral or chemical in their sweat that is getting into the watch and gumming it up? Seems unlikely, but not as much as exotic energy fields. One claim I have heard is that magnetic fields are to blame. So are there people who have trouble keeping other mechanisms working in contact with their body? How about pacemakers and artificial hearts? Just another little mystery to solve. I suppose it could all be imaginary, except that these folks would prefer to know what time it is, but they can't wear a watch.
Research on human magnetic field generation is likely to be scarce, given that there are limited mechanisms by which humans could generate a significant one.

I tended to go through watches quite rapidly, for one thing, I over-wound then, and broke their springs. Also, having worn glasses most of my life, I have poor peripheral vision, and tend to bang my extremities on surfaces a lot. My hands have developed the ability to take that abuse, but I ve cracked dozens of watch crystals.

As an explanation for psychics who are able to restart stopped watch provided by the audience, some debunker pointed out that poor quality watch oil can seize the works when cold, and start again due to human body heat, so maybe your friend s wrist tends to the cold side. Long story short, there are probably other explanations, but it really just boils down to observation, and the bias that comes from it. Question: can your friend stop a watch they re not wearing? Place both hands on either side of a clock and stop it? Lean against a computer case and cause calculation errors?

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