I literally do.
Surely, there are thousands of watches that would do the trick, but
nothing beats Astron. Especially if you are a 'light sleeper'. You set
your mental clock to 4:30, but you keep checking the time every 10
minutes from 3am onwards. The more important the reason to get up, the
lighter the sleep. That's me. And probably every other person over the
age of fifty five.
Having an Astron under the pillow is not just about time. Astron serves
as a 'dummy for grown ups'. You slide your hand underneath your pillow,
and you are comforted by the reassuring warmth of titanium, knowing that
things will work as planned.
I rarely take my Astron out of the house and I do get upset when it gets
moved or misplaced. My particular watch has no luminous markers at 3
and 6 o'clock which means I can easily tell the time at a glance,
effortlessly. It is an older model with pencil thin markers but still,
it glows 'radioactive green' like a Christmas tree.
You've heard it before: "Astron is the most accurate analogue watch in
the world". Sure it is. But Astron is much more than that: it is
definitive proof that humans have reached an important moment in
technical development. We can harness the power of the sun, satellite
communication and mechanical perfection to create a masterpiece like no
other, available at a price anyone can afford. To combine all that in
one is a remarkable achievement. An extraordinary watch by an
extraordinary watchmaker, crafted for a sophisticated buyer.
Just before sunrise, this morning, I went to Dobroyd Head to 'play
radios'. A rather strange game: a packet of digital signals is
transmitted from earth towards a satellite, and the digipeater on the
satellite bounces the signal back to earth. This tiny shoebox flies
6,000 km above the earth at a speed of 5km per second, providing a
coverage radius of 12,000 kilometres. The trick is to calculate the
azimuth and elevation while taking care of Doppler frequency shifts in
both transmission and receiving. During this quick pass, I've made
contacts with Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. A sophisticated
game, played by sophisticated players.
And yes, this morning, as you would expect, I was wearing my Astron.