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I regretted my deception the moment I'd posted it. That message was intended to deceive, and I feel shame.
No, it was not a watch, it was closer to delacuesta's other choice.
The answer, as retrieved from the Pink Cardboard Box of Maximum Security was:
The -13.8 dioptre right lens of my glasses.
I'd have accepted "a lens" or "glasses," of course.
Things changed for me last year, when a cataract operation left me with bright and shiny new eyes, but unfortunately no changeable focus. I can now see without glasses, focusing at about 60cm. Any change of focus requires a change of glasses. I found the variable focus type not suitable and bifocals equally uncomfortable, but as long as I have reading glasses to hand (I bought several pairs at about NZ$3.00 each) life is great.
Previously, a pair of glasses cost me about NZ$500. You can probably tell from the $3 price that fashion considerations played no part in either purchase.
What now? I'm all too willing to pass on the mantle.