Things I know about a watch

  • It’s attached to your wrist.
  • Because it’s attached to you, it’s harder to drop and harder to lose.
  • It’s touching your skin. All the time.
  • Many watches are purely fashion.
  • Interaction with a watch is measured in seconds and rarely minutes.
  • Your longest interaction with your watch is during daylight savings time.
  • After a couple days of wearing a watch, I forget that I’m wearing it.
  • Some folks never take their watches off.
  • Watch battery life is measured in years.
  • We’re intrigued by watches that have complications, but mostly we use it for date and time.
  • A good watch is passed on from generation to generation.
  • Watches have never been about communication, but we’ve kind’a always wanted them to be, but I won’t be talking to my wrist. Maybe.

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7 Responses

  1. Yep yes and yeah. Bring on the future.

    TYPO : “but I’m won’t be talking to my wrist” should be “but I won’t …” ??

    btw – nice web font on this form.

  2. Don’t forget about March 1st. I always have to move the date three places that day (or at least sometime early in March when I realize it’s not right….).

  3. Whenever I’m involved in a discussion of watches, inevitably, someone (or multiple someones) point out that they already have a clock in their pocket. Ergo, smartwatches are stupid.

    Those that make that argument have failed to learn from history. You know who else had a watch in his pocket? My great grandfather. And, when it was time to fight WWI, he and everyone else involved were hugely grateful for the invention of the wristwatch.

    The wristwatch took off because it allowed the casual checking of the time without having to empty even one hand to do so. Initially, that meant checking the time with both hands on a rifle, but similar situations arise in civilian life.

    When you further consider the increasing size of smartphones, getting it out of your pocket and use it can mean having to free BOTH hands to accomplish the task.

  4. Also, skin under watches sweats like crazy. And no leather strap lasts longer than a year.

  5. I am someone whose watch has a function. But before I go into that I will state that I have noticed with myself as a youngster and my kids, we all wanted watches, so you buy one and then you never wear it. There is some stage at your life when you really need to know the time and you need that watch and you put it on and never take it off. I hear a lot of people say now : “I don’t wear a watch because I have my phone”. My watch now is a Sunto that has a built in GPS unit and I use it to track (but not navigate) where I have been in the mountains/wilderness.

    It will be interesting to see how this watch thing develops….

  6. Michiel 2 years ago

    Mechanical watches also have a certain attraction because of the amazing complex, yet purely mechanical technology that makes them thick.

    You have “fashion” brands and watch brands. Big difference.

    A good watch can be passed from generation to generation.

  7. Battery life does matter. For many, changing batteries every few years is too much of a hassle.

  8. Bramz 2 years ago

    “Watch battery life is measured in years.”
    Which means, when I had a watch, I was wearing it day and night. I’d hate having to take of my watch during the night to charge. While my smartphone somewhat automatically ends up on my desk during the day where there’s a USB cable readily available to have it charged.

    Interesting point being made by J Wynia, but I don’t feel that as an issue myself. Otherwise I would be wearing a wristwatch today (which I haven’t for many years).

    Maybe the conclusion is: people who are wearing wristwatches today, _may_ be interested. The others definitely won’t be.