Poll: Do You Still Wear A Watch?

Watches are, for the most part, a redundant technology. We have digital timekeepers in front of our faces pretty much all the time. And yet, the watch still persists -- because of tradition, an appreciation for fashion and design, or straight up novelty. So why do you have a watch on your wrist (if you have one at all)?

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    It's much easier to take a quick look at your wrist as to getting your phone out of your pocket.

    Just sheer convenience

      Yep. It takes longer to dig out a phone and press the unlock button or whatever than to tilt your arm slightly. It's always there too, unlike a computer clock (ie. you're not always in front of the computer.

      Yes, convenience.

      I mostly wear mechanical watches because I appreciate the sophisticated engineering.

      Once electronic wrist devices like Pebble become more broadly available and more multi-functional (and less clunky, more stylish) I'll be wearing those instead.

        While I like the idea of the Pebble, IMHO the convenience is largely lost due to the fact it needs a recharge every week. Maybe if they lasted a month or so I could live with it, but I don't like the idea of a watch I have to monitor on a regular basis.

        Give it a few years and I'm sure they will think of a way to make the device last longer. Until then I'll keep my mechanical watch that needs a battery replacement every two or more years.

          I got my (digital) watch for my 18th. It's a pretty fancy watch - has five alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer, world time, even a 30-number phonebook! Also has a setting so that you can activate the backlight just by tilting your wrist towards you.

          The best feature though, is that the whole bezel around the screen is a solar panel, to recharge the internal battery. I'm now well over 25, and it's still going strong.

      Some people in their jobs are not allowed to have mobile phones on their person while working.

        I work as a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor, where a certain substance is quite normally deadly to any electronics on person, I have not yet heard of a waterproof phone, have you?

          Here you go: http://cybershack.com/news/motorola-offers-waterproof-smartphone

          Also the lifeproof case for Iphones make them waterproof, also not available in Australia yet is liquipel that can make any phone waterproof.

      Here here..
      It also looks good and gives you something to mindlessly play with.

    Phone batteries die. Car clocks are often set wrong. Wearing a wristwatch means you always have access to a dependable source of the time, without even using your hands.

    My watch was a 21st birthday present, as much as I'm not a fan of analog watches, and it has a habit it grabbing hairs on my wrist and not letting go sometimes, I still find it much more convenient than checking my phone.

    It's easier to get to and I like it as a fashion piece.

    Also I've worn one for the past 15 or so years, I'd probably feel naked without it.

      +1 I feel naked without my watch too.

    I own quite a few and I love my 80s swatch just as much as my 47 omega seamaster but my mobile phone has taken their place as a daily time piece. Watches are cool but purely fashion now, but a fancy bluetooth job may change my mind!

    I still wear a watch. I did go by phone-time for a year or so, but then had an overseas trip (this was 2005) and so my crappy Nokia brick wasn't worth using very much at that point, so a watch was better for keeping time, and also knowing what the time was at home.

    Since then I've kept wearing watches, and they definitely come in handy on a camp or hike, when you don't want to have your phone in a pocket where it could easily be damaged or fall out etc. Plus the battery will die on your fancy smartphone within a day or so, which can't be recharged if you're out in the bush. A watch battery tends to last for several years.

    I have had a watch for the last 18 years and will be upgrading to a Pebble when it gets delivered. I couldn't go without one now just for the convenience.

    I do for a lot of the above reasons, but also it's a good way to exhibit your personal style, especially in a corporate environment, without going over the top. It can also give an all around appearance of professionalism. I see it as a bit like wearing a good quality belt, or a shirt that requires cufflinks - may not be strictly necessary, but the small touches really make up the whole package.

    The thing I'm struggling with at the moment though is finding a good casual / everyday watch for around the $100 mark which doesn't look stupid or cheap.

      Fossil have quite nice pieces, although you'll have to spend a bit more than $100. They are still stylish and affordable, compared to the "elite" watchmakers.

        timex weekender + nato strap

    Watches make an outfit, that is purely it in terms of fashion. Otherwise they are a beautiful piece of engineering that just keep getting better (example the Tag Heuer Monaco V4) that is an amazing watch. You don't get the wow factor from a phone like you do with that.

    Yup! Partly as a fashion piece, partly so I can check the time without pulling my phone out rudely in the middle of a conversation. Also I wear tokyoflash watches so they have intrigue associated as well - good conversation starter.

    is this article for real? Seriously we now need to justify wearing a watch because some nerd thinks it's redundant.

    Sure a mobile phone tells you the time, but how crass is that? A watch does more than just letting you whether you're late for an appointment. I appreciate the amazing craftmanship involved in creating a mechanism (even if all the movements are mass produced nowadays), watching the rotor swing in a Seamaster or handwinding a nice panny fiddy... do yourself a favour, find someone with a real enthusiasm for their timepiece, ask them to explain why they love it, and you might open the door to a massive moneypit :)

    err yes? you can tell a lot about a man by his watch, or lack thereof. if you check the time on your smart phone, for instance, you are a bogan.

    Its true that the humble watch is becoming ore and more redundant within the new technology rich society and this is mirrored by the tremendous decline in watch sales world-wide, all watch sales apart from high end 'premier' watch brands. It is interesting because marketing studies have been conducted into this study and it has been found that within the tough economic climate, people look to exert a 'rich' or 'authoritative' image of themselves and this can no longer be achieved by luxury items such as BMW's etc. This has seen an uptake toward the luxury style watches which help form the status symbol that people apparently crave.

    Haven't worn one for years, but have ordered a Pebble. I like the idea of the extra functionality - it's a bit of an experiment.

    No electronic device (outside of atomic clocks etc), not even watches with batteries are as reliable as mechanical watches.
    I regularly wear a 40 year old 1970s Seiko mechanical watch. It has a good, solid, sleek, utilitarian minimal design in stainless steel. It keeps perfect time. I appreciate something that I can rely on in any situation, that doesn't need batteries charged or changed and eschews complicated, flashy wank like so many other devices, including many watches.

      Battery powered quartz watches are less reliable than mechanical watches? Hmm, I think you are wrong. Certainly mechanical is less accurate than quartz.
      However if you buy a quality mechanical watch from a reputable maker (most likely an expensive Swiss brand) and you get it serviced regularly then your mechanical watch is likely to be working long after your battery powered watch had died or been left behind somewhere.

        "long after your battery powered watch had died or been left behind somewhere"
        Really???, I have Breitling Professional Airspace for almost 20 years now.

      Actually Seiko's mechanical watches are just as good as the most of the famous Swiss brands. If money was no object I'd have a Rolex Daytona, an Omega SpeedMaster Pro (the "moon watch"), a Breitling TransOcean, a JLC Reverso and a Grand Seiko.
      Lets hope that the Lotto Fairy pays me a visit sometime soon.

    What makes you think watches are redundant? It's faster to tell time on my watch than pull out my mobile and unlock it. My Omega Seamaster automatic is 12 years old, hasn't missed a beat and looks great - it's about the only "jewellery" I'd ever wear. I've got one other watch that's casual, but I just can't see myself getting another dress watch - I'll wear my Seamaster until I retire, maybe it will be a family heirloom.

    Yes, but only because it 's a combo with a cheap pulse monitor. I had a heart scare earlier in the year and found it useful to check my pulse if I felt a bit off.

    This article must be from America. In America, watches are much less common than they are here.

      In Soviet Russia, watches watch YOU

        And here Telstra watches you :)

    I haven't worn a watch in years. I find them annoying. Digital watches are very accurate but they still have to be corrected sometime. My mobile is updated automatically.

    I'm still wearing a watch as it's the only way I can tell the time when I go for an early morning surf. Can't be late for work!

    I don't know what mobiles you guys have, but I can see the time on my iphone as soon as I take it out of my pocket. Remember also that you don't just glance at you arm for the time - you also need to use your other arm to move your sleeve out of the way unless you have a very bad tailor! Or you are growing too fast. Looking at the time on your mobile is also an opportunity to see if you have any messages. I only wear a watch as decoration when going to an event like the opera it's value as a business tool is rapidly diminishing.

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