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. The following sections underline those ten reasons.

 

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.

 

2.      Diving

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.

 

3.      Convenience

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.

 

5.      Autonomy

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.

 

7.      Direction

24-hour watch compass

There is no need for special app or for a compass to understand the direction. A normal watch and even better a 24-hour watch can easily indicate the direction. On the 24-hour watches, for example, once the wearer orientates the watch in a way that the hour hand is aligned with the sun, the north direction is toward the bottom of the watch dial (see image). This is obviously not a necessity for all, yet it can be handy for certain people.

 

8.      Heirloom

Heirloom might be a big word for most of the wrist watches currently in the market, yet it might apply to the high end ones. For all others, even if the watch might not be passed from one generation to the other we would expect it to last many years. The same cannot be said for the mobile phones which become obsolete in a couple of years (or faster). In other words the wrist watches tend to have a longer lasting intrinsic value.

 

9.      Relationship with time

Watches are meant to measure time and as such they establish a close relationship between the wearer and the time dimension. They give a perception of time at a glance and they might impact the way people approach life. For example the single handed 24-hour watches will give a total different perception of time vs a more traditional three hands 12-hour watch.

 

10. Just because we love them!

Some people fall in love with watches in the same way others fall in love with cars or other accessories or pieces of technology. Watches are time machines and they are the ultimate result of thousands of years of research and innovation. They are a piece of history on a wrist.

 

In conclusions, love them or hate them, wrist watches are here to stay. They might keep evolving over time but they will remain a loyal companion to many of us nostalgic or not. Now you only need to choose which one to get next and if you don’t know where to start from you might read our post Watches for Every Style and Occasion

 

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