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Watches a thing of the past??????

There is an article from MSN/Slate and it states "Why you don't need a watch anymore" because everywhere you turn there is the right time. I don't really think this is any reason to think wristwatches would become obsolete...if anything in the past 2 years I have seen more teenage to early 20's guys wearing more watches, even though they have cellphones or other clocks surrounding them. My younger cousin, still in High School, and his friends are all deep in technology with all the newest high tech toys and they all still wear watches.

Is it fashion? Maybe, but it was always in my head since a young age that any "man" past a certain age wore a watch...because of work or sucess in work.

Ever since I could remember I have been were watches due to the fact my father was a watch freak as well and he would buy me watches because I was fascinated with his. I can remember many of the watches I had and still have most, but I am sure that this is the reason why I will never go without a watch regardless of what "time" is around me.

I am sure others here feel the same way about watches, without mine I feel like I am missing something all day...I wouldn't go as far as saying naked - more uncomfortable and empty.

Jim

"The days of the digital watch are numbered." Tom Stoppard
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I can see the point relative to time keeping. With cell phones, PDA's, Blackberry's, computers, etc all having clocks, the need for a wristwatch for timekeeping alone is about zero.

But wristwatches are more than timekeeping devices to most of us. For men especially, watches are jewelry. Most men don't wear chains, bracelets and rings like women do. For the most part, our clothes and our watch(es) are what we use to express our fashion sense. So for that reason, I don't see wristwatches becoming a 'thing of the past' for a long time - if ever.
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I spend most of the day in front of a computer, and my cellphone, blackberry, and ipod all show the time. Yet I feel lost if I forget to wear my watch, I guess it is all what you are used to.
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Would be interesting when Chip-scale atomic clocks become a reality (well it already is, ref Wikipedia) but affordable by the masses and made compact enough to be soldered onto a PCB, in SMT (surface mount tech) packaging.

I agree with a lot of the comments here - I need a watch on my wrist to feel 'complete'... Regards,
Mike

Myself: Rolex DateJust (Z/116201) with Pink Diamond Dial / Rolex GMT-Master II-C TT (M/116713LN)
Mom: Rolex Lady DateJust (Z/179173) / Omega "My Choice" (MOP Dial and Diamond MOP Dial) Counting down to BASELWORLD 2009...
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Whether it's habit or instinct, I can't recall ever looking to my cellphone or blackberry for the time or date - it's always the watch. If I'm at work, the computer has the time right there but the watch is quicker if I need to know the date. Pretty much the same situation at home - clocks everywhere, but none have the date and none are as reliably accurate as my watch.

My watch is the first thing I put on out of the shower, and the last thing to come off before going to sleep. I'd be lost and off balance without it.
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My wedding ring and my watch. I need to wear them both or else I feel as though I am not properly dressed. My wife would also think that I'm upto something without one of them anyway! If you ask Chuck Norris what time it is, he always says, "Two seconds 'til." After you ask, "Two seconds 'til what?" he roundhouse kicks you in the face. Chuck Norris doesn't wear a watch, HE decides what time it is!
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Regards,
Mike

Myself: Rolex DateJust (Z/116201) with Pink Diamond Dial / Rolex GMT-Master II-C TT (M/116713LN)
Mom: Rolex Lady DateJust (Z/179173) / Omega "My Choice" (MOP Dial and Diamond MOP Dial) Counting down to BASELWORLD 2009...
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..what should I say ... the footer says it all ..
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I think my wife would be happy if that happened! But seriously, I think watches will be around for a long time. Yes, cell phones display the time, but watches (atleast for me) are very functionable and stylish.
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swimming or showering with them :)

Best Regards,

Damon When your watch gets out of order you have a choice of two things to do: throw it in the fire or take it to the watch-tinker. The former is the quickest. -MT
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I agree and my wife would be doing Flips down the street...if I got rid of mine as well!

Jim

"The days of the digital watch are numbered." Tom Stoppard
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Yes, watches are a thing of the past. I see no way we need watches anymore. I don't need the two I bought yesterday, or the one I bought last month, or any of the others. They are totally unnecessary.

Now new watch bands and bracelets..... that's different.

Speaking of wives, mine commented that she wouldn't feel "complete" without putting on a watch. I couldn't have said it better myself. Watches are a style and link to a lifestyle. Today, it is the PO Chronograph. Heavy, substantial, timed my workout but couldn't see the hour dial (all right, I'm old!)
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If telling time were the only purpose of a watch, then we'd all be wearing $20 Casios; wouldn't we?

A fine wristwatch is a piece of jewelry, a fashion accessory, an extremely accurate tiny machine that makes us smile each time we look at it... I don't see how a cell phone or ipod can replace those functions of a watch.
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and I can't remember source, that had an interesting take on personal electronics. The basic idea was that in the beginning, cellphones, pagers, and PDAs (and later-Blackberries) besides being tools were signs of wealth since they were expensive and gave the impression that you must be a bigshot at work to need such devices. The article went on to say that now that everybody uses personal electronics there is no cachet to them and it could be argued that being tied to such devices means that you really aren't that succesful since you still need to work.
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I am always amazed by articles like this one...are they trying to put this idea in the subconscious of the masses? I have heard this before about the lack of a need for a wrist watch...

Like myself, I am glad to see other can't function properly without one...but I did figure that here on the forum the general consensus would be that this notion is absurd.

Watch Wearer of the World Unite and Take Over!!!!!

Jim

"The days of the digital watch are numbered." Tom Stoppard
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In 2005, the FHS posted figures stating that the Swiss watch industry generated $10 billion of income to Switzerland's economy. Furthermore, the Industry continues to grow (give or take a little bit if fluctuation) year on year.

I do not think that watches are a thing of the past. China is currently the Swiss watch industries "darling" market, purely due to the sure numbers of watches that can be sold there.

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Cleaniness is essential when Godliness is improbable
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Jim

"The days of the digital watch are numbered." Tom Stoppard
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With my blackberry, cell phone, computer in my vehicle, clock on the radio and the XM display, why would anyone need a watch.
Here goes.........my watch is mechanical and has a personality. It is always with me.
It runs differently when laying on its side, face and back. Its almost a living, breathing thing. It has a ticking soul. Sound stupid? Maybe. Its a precision, manmade thing. Errors included.
Not computer made. Someone actually made it. A quartz watch?
Keep them. This prob sounds stupid but its the way I feel about my watches. My wife would beg to differ. And I do write with a fountain pen daily.
jim
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AND as a service to everyone, I will gladly take in any ol watch you have, omegas, rolex, iwc, patek, whatever. you don't need these old inaccuate time keepers any more! why would you when you have your cell phone, your blackberry, ipod, computer, etc to tell you the time?

I will take any mechanical watch in for a small fee of $19.99 or 3 watches for $49.99.

This is a one time only offer! Special 10% discount to TZ'ers.

Thanks and have a great day! -Nothing in life worth having comes easy- "Can you feel it? SamKan!"
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The main point the article stated that as a result of so many different ways to access time (cell phones, computer clocks, ipods, etc.), the watch companies that sell watches under $200.00 were experiencing fewer sales. On the other hand, companies that make more expensive watches were still enjoying good profits due to the above noted reason that people that buy the more expensive watches do so because of the fashion or status appeal of wearing them.
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