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Different kind of watch question

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by grelcar, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. grelcar


    Dec 30, 2007
    Why do you where a watch?

    Is it just a habit? Because you like to? Jewelery? Status symbol? Lifestyle?

    Unless I am in a remote area, out of cellphone coverage, on foot there are devices that display the time all around me. Usually when I am in these conditions I am less concerned with the time.

    I quit wearing a watch the day I got out of the military in 1981. I could no longer be fined or locked up for being late for work. It did take a while to get used to not having a watch on. I generally have a good idea what time it is. Sometimes I don't care what time it is. I don't wear any jewelery.

    I have noticed that younger people don't seem to wear watches as often as older people. . They seem to rely more on other devices for telling time. It seems to me less people are wearing watches in general.

    Are watches still primarily for time keeping or are they worn more out of habit or as a fashion accessory?

  2. Sdot


    Nov 26, 2012
    I usually wear a watch for fashion, or if I know I need to stick to certain schedule. Sometimes it's just to hectic to keep pulling out my phone.
  3. Mike8008


    Apr 1, 2012
    I just like gadgets and I like wearing a watch that I think looks good.

    We can't have cell phones at our office during meetings and training so the watch comes in handy at those times.

    On vacation, I prefer wearing my watch instead of carrying my phone to the beach etc.
  4. nozyk


    Jun 17, 2010
    I love 'em.

  5. Ben B

    Ben B Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2006
    Pulling your phone out all the time is often inconsiderate to those around you and gives a false sense of importance. IMHO.
  6. chopridesanRC51

    chopridesanRC51 just happy to be here... Platinum Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    I have more use for a well made wrist watch than I do a cellphone and I enjoy them. I do have a cellphone, but it's one of those ten dollar prepaid ones that I keep in the truck for emergencies so it never leaves the center console.
  7. Thalestin


    Jul 20, 2006
    For me it's a combination of habit and the fact that I enjoy a quality tome piece. I could survive without but I like to use a watch :)
  8. whetrock


    Nov 13, 2010
    I for one have taken a liking to watches seeing as they're a much more convenient means of checking time than a Cellphone. I mean I can just glance at my wrist while outside and know precisely the time, whereas if I'm sitting (while hunting) I can potentially scare off game by digging in my pocket trying to see the time on my phone. Also I just like watches, they appeal to me on an aesthetic level.
  9. Gollnick

    Gollnick Musical Director

    Mar 22, 1999
    I suppose that it is habit. But I also find it much more convenient than digging my phone out just to see the time. A watch can give that to me in 1/10th-second literally. And I do prefer analog because it's faster. I don't usually need the exact time to-the-second. To the nearest five minutes is fine and an analog clock face gives me that faster than a digital display.

    I also am from the school of thought that gentlemen don't wear a lot of jewelry. Certainly, in my thinking, a gentlemen does not wear earrings (a sailor who has navigated round the cape may wear a single earring) much less a any sort of facial piercing. A gentleman does not wear an externally-visible necklace either. A gentleman may wear a wedding ring and one other ring which may be a class ring or service ring from military service or a ring commerating some significant accomplishment. A watch is a gentle's main piece of jewlery.
  10. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
  11. sclawshark


    Feb 25, 2012
    Why do you carry a knife? I like watches for the same reasons some like knives, lights, etc. Your phone can also provide light and I've never been to a restaurant where they didn't offer eating utensils.
  12. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    I am in the habit of wearing a watch. I frequently want to know what time it is and a wristwatch is the easiest way to do that. A cellphone is very inefficient since I frequently carry my phone in my pants pocket where it is inaccessible or carry it while it is turned off. I don't carry my phone when I am at home. When I walk it I set it on a table and leave it until I leave the next day. So at home I can't use my cellphone for the time.

    I like wristwatches as gadgets. As such I have a group of watches that I rotate through for EDC similar to my rotation of knives. I typically wear mechanical watches because the mechanisms interest me, but on some occasions I wear quartz watches.

    And finally I do have a few nicer watches that I wear sometimes for their interest as man jewelry. They aren't expensive watches but they do have a style that I think is representative of my style.
  13. gooeytek


    Jul 12, 2011
    Doesn't take up pocket space and I don't always have my phone on me, like when I'm swimming or diving.
    It's also a convenient way to carry a detonator, laser, and homing beacon for when I'm on the occasional secret agent mission.
  14. Mike G

    Mike G

    Jul 15, 2000
    I wear a watch so I can tell what time it is.

    I have a dress watch, and an EDC watch.

    As others have said, it is a pain to pull out your phone to see what time it is.


    Apr 9, 2011
    I wear a watch to save the battery on my phone; it also helps me from coming within 500 Text Messages of breaking the world record for most texts in a month (yes that happened) because I'd always be playing with my phone.
  16. grelcar


    Dec 30, 2007
    Interesting responses, I know that when I quit wearing a watch it was somewhat like quitting a habit. I was constantly looking at my wrist for the time. I also realized that quite often I would check my wrist for the time even if I knew the time. I think if I tried to start wearing a watch now I would find it take quit a while to get used to it again and that it would get in the way sometimes. I have no desire to wear a watch but can appreciate a nice watch.

    Quite often when I get home from work I don't carry my cell phone until the next day. I often don't carry it over the weekend. We recently had our home phone disconnected. I realize for many people it is necessary to carry their phones nearly all the time for work and personal commitments.

    I seems to me that watches are becoming somewhat an outdated technology. There will always be people who wear watches for various reasons but that number seems to be decreasing.
  17. CARRERA50


    Dec 20, 2008
    It's a habit I've had since childhood. My dad was a watchmaker and I would have an easier time leaving the house without my pants
    than missing some kind of watch. God forbid being late coming home; he'd fix me with an icy stare and say "You didn't look at your
  18. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    My cell phone isn't water proof to 1000 ft.
  19. C_Becker


    Oct 7, 2012
    For me its a habit and a convenience. I've been wearing a wristwatch since I got my first one as a child. I feel naked without one, just as I feel naked without at least my SAK in my pocket.

    The watch I wear now is on my wrist 24/7, so even if I leave my cellphone in the car or can't use it for some other reason (meeting, test in evening school) I can always look at my watch. Or when I wake up in the middle of the night I don't have to search my phone to know what time it is.

    And of course, it's jewelry for the man, piercings and earrings are not my style, and I'm not married so I have no reason to wear a ring
  20. deth1313


    Nov 10, 2010
    I've worn a watch for a very long time. Not sure why I began, probably because my father did. He got me into knives as well...

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