As time ticks on, we edge closer and closer to the darkest and most devilish time of year. Halloween brings with it the strangest and scariest of sights, and even some petrifying paranoia, leaving many to ponder some superstitions which they would normally never give a second thought.
From black cats crossing your path to the 13th falling on a Friday, there’s all kinds of superstitions out there that have developed from age-old cultures and traditions. Whether you’re a firm believer in superstitions, or if Halloween antics have caused you to question your disregard of them, there will certainly be some supernatural stirs worth keeping a close eye on this Halloween.
Not only do we provide protective watch cases for your most valued wrist watches, we also want to offer up some of the time, clock and wrist watch superstitions to watch out for this Halloween and in the aftermath of the eerie event!
Discover more about these terrifying time superstitions and what they’re said to mean when they come your way.
When a broken clock chimes
In earlier days, it was tradition to stop the clock in a room where a person had just died. This was to signal the time of their death, similarly to how doctors and nurses record the time of death today.
Superstition says that if a broken clock starts working again, or if it suddenly chimes, it could be a warning of a death approaching.
The watchmaker’s soul
In the past, believers of superstitions said that a watchmaker would always leave a little piece of their soul in the watches they created with their own hands. They also said that should the watch stop working, that small piece of their soul would be broken too, or would disappear.
Much of this superstition was centered around the balancing wheel within a mechanical watch. Its movement was believed to symbolise the watch’s heart or soul, given to the timepiece by the watchmaker. These days, however, it’s seen as more of a mechanical feature to help the watch operate.
Giving someone a watch as a gift
In today’s world, giving someone a watch as a gift is seen as a gesture of love, kindness and generosity. But this hasn’t always been the case.
In Chinese history, a watch as a gift usually represented a curse. When put together, the two Chinese symbols for “to give” and “watch” creates a word that means funeral or wake. Because of this, the gesture later became known as a sign of counting down the days, which created today’s superstition of bad luck being associated with watches as a gift.
That being said, watches as a gift are accepted in a positive way in many other places around the world. In fact, offering a watch as a gift in Russia symbolises your wishing the recipient to live a long and happy life.
Never turn watch hands backwards
This next belief dates from as far back as the 1800s. Superstition states that bad luck will be brought to anyone who chooses to turn their watch hands backwards.
It comes from tradesmen who, when fixing clocks, would struggle to rectify a broken chime after turning the hands of a clock backwards. Doing so would put the chime out of time with the hands falling on o’clock, and would render the chiming feature of the clock useless.
As superstitions from this grew, it became recommended that even if you only have to take the time back by 5 minutes, you should do so by turning it forwards 11 hours and 55 minutes instead!What are your thoughts on superstitions? Will you keeping a close watch on time and watches this Halloween? Whatever you do, make sure your valuable watches are protected from perils, with a multiple watch case box from our protective watches range!