You don’t actually need a wrist watch! People have been living for generations without wrist watches. People have been obsessed by the measure of the passage of time since ever but the wrist watch has been introduced only in the last 200 years. Nowadays there is even less of a reason to use a wrist watch considering that time can be measured by the widespread mobile phones. Hence why people still use a wrist watch? And why you do need one in case you don’t have it yet!
There are essentially ten reasons why you need a wrist watch. In certain cases you don’t really have a choice, in others you might still decide not to use a wrist watch but you might need to make some compromises.
1. Style or Status Statement
The wrist watch is definitely a key fashion accessory. It completes the look of a person and helps defining the personality in a more compelling way. The watch becomes a part of the person identity at such extent that some people feel “naked” if not wearing a wrist watch. For certain people or occasions the watch is used as a mere complement to the overall look – in other situations the wrist watch can actually be the “main piece” and be used as a statement: a style statement or even a status symbol.
There are no mobile phones (yet) enough resistant to water pressure to be used for diving. For this reason, divers are still limited to the use of wrist watches to measure the passage of time. This is not a choice but a must for divers as they have to know how long their immersion is lasting.
The key reason for the invention of the wrist watch was its convenience. The possibility to check the time hands free with just a flip of the wrist was, in fact, the key driver for this development. This is very handy in a series of occasions like when driving a motorbike or car and it can even be a must in others like when doing certain type of sport activities (can you imagine a referee having to check his mobile phone during a match?). The only watch-out is not to check the time while having a filled glass in the same hand ;-) !
4. Less distracting than phones
Sometimes you just need to know the time. For those occasions a wrist watch is the best companion – it gives you the time and no excuse for further distractions. On the other hand, as soon as people check their mobile phone for reading the time, they will also discover that there are X email messages unanswered or Y updates to do or Z notifications on whatever social media app present on the mobile phone. This will ultimately lead to a waste of time.
Wrist watches do not need to be charged every day - with the exception of the few that use a manual winding movement. Their incredible autonomy can be very useful in certain context (e.g. military in the field) or for certain professions (e.g. explorers).
6. Allowed everywhere
Wrist watches are still allowed anywhere and in certain situations they are the only tool that can be used to measure the passage of time. For example many schools are now forbidding the use of mobile phones and most prohibit their use in the examination halls. Similarly many hospitals forbid the use of mobile phones in many areas and doctors can only rely on wall/wrist-watches.