How To Fasten Your Own Bracelet

As I mentioned in my latest update on jury duty, between the interminable court sessions and the frozen clock on the courtroom wall, I’ve started wearing a wristwatch again for the first time in over a decade.

Since I’ve also been thinking lately about curating my wardrobe, I knew that I wanted a wristwatch that could double as a bracelet, something decorative and not merely functional. I found a design I liked on Etsy and ordered my new watch from a maker in Toronto, Canada.

When it arrived, I realized that I had made a grave mistake. The watch was beautiful, but I had neglected to consider its clasp: because it was in the style of a bracelet, I was unable to fasten the watch onto my own wrist. On the day it arrived, I sat on my couch and contorted myself and the watch into various, increasingly-desperate attempts to fasten it. I even tried holding the watch in place with my toes, which, as you might have expected, didn’t work. After about half an hour of trying, by sheer accident, I managed to get the watch onto my wrist.

The next morning, by an even more unlikely accident, I managed to fasten it with only my right hand in under a minute. Maybe I’ve mastered this now, I thought wishfully to myself.

Hah. The next morning, after ten minutes of fruitless struggle, I dashed out the door with my watch in my purse to catch the subway to the courthouse. When I arrived, I took my seat in the jury room and bashfully asked the woman next to me if she would help me fasten my watch. After that, I got into the habit of making sure that Lawrence had secured my watch around my wrist each morning before he left our apartment.

I laughingly recounted this saga to some friends this weekend. To my amazement, one of them told me that I could actually buy a device that was designed to solve exactly this problem. I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me so much — after all, someone could live alone and still wish to fasten a bracelet — but it had simply never occurred to me that a tool might exist for this.

This morning, I finally took a few minutes to research what such a tool might look like and where I could get one. It turns out that there are a number of devices available in an assortment of sizes and shapes, but they all center around the same idea: you want something that you can hold in your hand that will grip your bracelet and hold it in place on your wrist. The best idea I found, though, was the simplest one, requiring only a single large paperclip, unbent once:

To think that it could have been this easy all along! Thanks, friends and internet, for this new level of self-reliance.