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This is everything I have to say about watches (or time pieces, or chronometers, if you prefer: I don't).

I've always worn a watch, and still do; but I've never really understood the appeal of the kind of luxury watches you see advertise here there and everywhere, with their chunky cases, over-complicated faces and enormous price-tags. So the world of watch-appreciation was closed to me, until my 30th birthday (a while ago) when my wife bought me a Mondaine Evo "Big Date" quartz watch.

It's not an analogue watch nor an "heirloom timepiece", neither of which are properties that matter to me. The large face has almost nothing extraneous on it, although my model includes day-of-the-month. I like it very much.

And so I cracked open the door a little onto the world of watches and watch fashion and had a short spell of interest in some other styles, types, and the like. This drew to a close with buying a selection of cheap, coloured nylon fabric "nato"-style straps. Now whenever I feel the itch for a change, I just change the strap.

Smart Watches have never appealed to me. I can see some of their advantages, but the last thing I need is another gadget to regularly charge, or another avenue to check my email.

I appreciate that wearing a wrist watch at all is anachronistic (sorry), and I did wonder whether it's a habit I could get out of. A few weeks ago, during our endless Lockdown, my watch battery ran out, so I spent a couple of weeks un-learning my reliance on a wristwatch to orient myself. I've managed to get it replaced now (some watch repair places being considered Essential Services) and I'm comfortably back in my default mode of wearing and relying upon it.


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Smart Watches have never appealed to me. I can see some of their advantages, but the last thing I need is another gadget to regularly charge, or another avenue to check my email.

I think you're mostly thinking of Apple watches, or the Android equivalents (wear OS? not sure). If so, you might be interested in "sports" watches. Garmin's are expensive, but:

  • unless I'm doing sports, charging every two weeks is fine (for my model);
  • I am not checking email on my watch, but I can get notifications if I want;
  • the watch will tell me when it's likely I'm getting sick (and thus to be careful) and when I had a good night's sleep and I can push more.

Recently I was without my watch for 2 days, and I was very surprised how much I rely on the watch for a lot of things that you can do on the phone as well, but faster (as in, no need to reach for phone, unlock, etc.), like timers, alarms, as I said health tracking, etc. I don't consider my smartwatch a gadget (as in a cool tech item), but rather I've become to be dependent on it for many daily life items. Including telling the time, of course :)

Comment by Iustin Pop,
comment 1

A few weeks ago, during our endless Lockdown, my watch battery ran out, so I spent a couple of weeks un-learning my reliance on a wristwatch to orient myself.

Simple solution, find yourself a good automatic (aka: self-winding) watch.

(And then we really have you... automatic watches... the true gateway drug)

Comment by Adam,