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Watches...........

.........Why do people still wear them?

Sorry but I don't understand the obsession with strapping 19C technology onto ones wrist no matter what "label" it has.

The time is the time (your 'phone gives you that) and no number of jewels, gold or overdesigned
wrist jewellery alters that.

Most imho look utterly hideous and designer ones are usually the worst culprits as regards to good taste.

So tell me why I am wrong.
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Lots of reasons. For me:

1. I Detest being late. A watch on my wrist means the time is never more than a glance away. I don't generally walk around with my phone in my hand.
2. I've been wearing one for over 30 years and feel lost without one.
3. Emotional attachment. My watches were all presents (apart from my £10 Decathlon dirty jobs watch). Today I'm wearing a basic G-shock which is precious to me because it's the first present my daughter bought me with her own earned money. Tomorrow I might wear the one my wife bought me for my 40th.
4. I like them.

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I can tell the time with a check of my wrist rather than working out which pocket my phone is, pulling it out without taking the other pocket contents with it (usually my wallet sticks to my phone and makes a bid for freedom) then pressing a button to get it to show the time.

Sometimes I am not in a situation where I want to pull an expensive phone out of my pocket for fear of it being nicked.

I just like wearing them. My current watch is nearly 10 years old, doesn't need a battery, has a very simple yet stylish design.

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What's more, it is 10 years old and the glass is as new, even though I wear it when I work on my car and do DIY. It only ever comes off when I go to bed or shower. The strap and case is still in great condition too whereas I can't say he same for the 5 phones I have had in the watches lifetime.

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Haven't worn watches for years ... I am so 21st Century
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Same, I have a watch - it's battery ran out about 2 yrs ago

I just use my phone
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National Service required necessity, otherwise we would of been in a muddle?

Out of habit now really, and hardly that necessary for me to sport one as her indoors always wear a watch..... except when she is in bed?
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I feel lost without a watch.

If I'm in a meeting I can have a quick glance to ensure it doesn't overrun, it'd look rude checking the phone, I think.

I have two which were presents for significant dates so they mean something to me.

I don't like jewellery but I like a watch. They aren't all blingy or large. There's something for all tastes and occasions.

They last longer than phones.
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Now that's very true Jim, as my dearest still has the one I got for her 21'st which still keeps good time, and that's been a constant companion of hers for about 44yrs? OMG, time doth fly, like the hands on a mechanical analogue watch?
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I can't take my phone with me as it's wired into a wall in the house
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I have not worn a watch for 20 years or more for the last 10 years or whatever, I have been used to a mobile phone but as they get larger, they become more cumbersome to take out of your pocket, especially when you are sitting down, so recently I have found myself wanting one. Much easier just to glimpse at your wrist.
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I can't wear the new fashion watches (i.e. massive watches), they are just too big for my skinny wrists.

However, I do feel like I'm missing a limb if I don't wear one.

I've been wearing a nice and compact oblong Rotary watch that I bought myself for my 40th and love it to bits; I really do miss it when i get to work and realise I've left it at home, in the bedroom/shower etc.

I've got clocks everywhere at work; I have a phone, I have many means of telling the time without a wrist-watch. But, for me, nothing is as comforting as reading the time from my watch.
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I think I am very last century. To me phone is for talking to someone; a watch is for telling the time and a laptop is for researching the internet and running spreadsheets etc.


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You either get it or you don't *shrug*
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I normally find that car enthusiasts also tend to be watch enthusiasts. By that I mean proper mechanical timepieces rather than battery powered.
Virtually all the people I know in my Alfa related social circle have at least one 'quality' timepiece, many of them have two or more. Like everything in life it's either 'your thing' or not. I guess it's a bit like cars in the sense that it's appreciating the mechanics of it.
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I have seven watches , of which one is £500plus, but I'd rather buy my children quality new bicycles etc than have another ostentatious bauble in the wardrobe.
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To be fair to all real engineers in this world, they all make a mighty fine job of what they produce, and watches are one of the outstanding examples of minature engineering.

I also like to check my hearing with the mechanical ticking of an analogue watch, to prove that I am not yet totally deaf?
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The Swatch group is the timepiece equivalent to VW ,all the way up to Omega etc. Many watches share the same movements , or engineering.
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I forgot in my earlier post. I have a third watch. I wear it very occasionally but keep it by my bed. It's a 1970's Omega. Very simple design. It was my dad's. It's a tactile memory.
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I do have a few different watches which I wear only sometimes.

I have one that goes on my wrist more than others though, and that's one that the grandchildren bought for me from Tchibo one past Christmas, (remember those shops?) which cost the princely sum of around £20 or so .

It mainly sits it a small tray with nail clippers, a penknife, nail file, and other oddments on the top of a glass topped unit which is alongside my favourite armchair .

It's a battery driven chronograph and is both digital and analogue.

I rely on it most days to tell me the date and day as well as giving me an alarm call for tablet time.

It's a wrist watch, a friend, and helps me in so many ways, I just love it.

It's a bit of a PIA when a battery runs down though,(it has two button cells) as I find replacing them is getting to be very fiddly as my sight is not as good as it was.:


I can still hear its tick just about, so no need for that hidden hearing tackle yet!
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A mechanical watch for me serves many purposes.

For me personally, there's nothing more attractive than a well engineered watch.

It's a reminder of man's triumphs, a machine built and conceived to tell time.

And it's one of the few ways men can wear something that doubles as art/jewellery.

Panerai 312 is my mechanical watch of choice.

The brand itself has a wonderful history, having been worn by Italian SEALS during WWII.
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A mechanical watch for me serves many purposes.

For me personally, there's nothing more attractive than a well engineered watch.

It's a reminder of man's triumphs, a machine built and conceived to tell time.

And it's one of the few ways men can wear something that doubles as art/jewellery.

Panerai 312 is my mechanical watch of choice.

The brand itself has a wonderful history, having been worn by Italian SEALS during WWII.
Nice. Classy choice, a bit more expensive than mine, I only have 1 as I don't see the need for more than that.
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I forgot in my earlier post. I have a third watch. I wear it very occasionally but keep it by my bed. It's a 1970's Omega. Very simple design. It was my dad's. It's a tactile memory.
I admit to being envious of my eldest brother who has my grandad's army issue watch.
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I don't like any of these.

Even though the craft-work is probably unparalleled, the aesthetics are not to my taste.


edit: I could quite happily live with this one, though.
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A watch is the only jewellery I wear.

I searched for a couple years for the right watch with a red face, then found two: one with a dark band for general wear, one with a light plastic-link band for summer. My favourite is my Dad's dress watch, which I wear when I'm going out on a special occasion and spending his money!

I like to think he's with us.
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I don't like any of these.

Even though the craft-work is probably unparalleled, the aesthetics are not to my taste.


edit: I could quite happily live with this one, though.
Agreed, all minging - including the one you like

Actually you said 'live with' - presuming it's the price tag of £4.5 m you like?
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