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Ungarbled Tech: Times They Are Changing

As the clock strikes midnight in 2024, do you find yourself checking your smartphone, Alexa Echo Show, or asking virtual assistants like Alexa, OK Google, or Siri for the time? It seems like watches and traditional timepieces may be fading away. Just ask anyone under 25 what time it is, and they’ll likely show you their digital device.

Not too long ago, adjusting your clock for daylight savings time meant tinkering with your wristwatch or wall clock. I’ve had the privilege of working with educators and nonprofits at The Garb I.T. Consulting Group (GCG) in Teaneck, and it’s evident that script writing has given way to Google Docs and Microsoft Word even in first grade.

Consider this: We once had a brilliant intern who couldn’t even recognize handwritten script. While I personally appreciate the simplicity of analog watches, they’ve been replaced by smartwatches with complex internals.

I’ve tried a few smartwatches myself, but they’re not my cup of tea. Interestingly, many engineers here at GCG prefer GShock military-style watches.

 

The Decline of Watch Repair

The shortage of skilled watch repair professionals is partly due to our disposable technology culture. Rolex, facing a shortage of watchmakers, established a school in 2001 to train specialists. Education is free but students must invest in expensive tools. In places like Paramus Park Mall, finding jewelers, let alone watch repair, is becoming rare.

 

Fahad’s Story From Watch Zone

I had doubts when I brought my cherished chosson groom’s watch to Time Zone, a small kiosk in Paramus Park Mall. In seconds, I realized I was in the presence of greatness. Fahad, a friendly gentleman from India with an English accent, provides exceptional service. He quickly opened my watch for repair, contrary to past experiences.

Fahad discovered that the battery had leaked acid into the movement, a repair others were hesitant to tackle. I was thrilled to see my watch working perfectly again. Fahad takes pride in repairing watches and educating customers about their history and significance.

 

Preserving Traditional Crafts

As an engineer and MSP owner, I appreciate the sentimental and practical value of traditional watches over smartwatches. Trades like appliance repair, tailoring, shoe repairs and knife sharpening are becoming scarce. I encourage my readers to support Time Zone and Fahad for their exceptional service. Let’s ensure that watches, tailoring, writing utensils and knife sharpening remain part of our traditions.

Share your stories of cherished items repaired by skilled artisans at [email protected]. I’m grateful for the opportunity to write for The Jewish Link, thanks to Moshe Kinderlehrer and Elizabeth Kratz.

Fahad treats every client like royalty, so bring your watches for repair and mention this column. You’ll feel his genuine appreciation.

Watch Zone is located at 700 Paramus Park inside Paramus Park Mall.


Shneur Garb is the founder of the Garb Cloud Consulting Group. On Feb. 19 a new home Wi-Fi service is launching called Raya Connect Homes. To learn more, email [email protected].

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