Individuals act when there is an incentive. So what’s the incentive to wear a watch when we’re all carrying smartphones all the time? The benefits are numerous, and just a few are below. Note that this post isn’t arguing that all men “should” wear a wristwatch. Far from it. And also note that for our purposes, a smartwatch is NOT a wristwatch. We’re talking old school here. Quartz or automatic / mechanical. (Watch shown above: Dan Henry Mecha-Quartz 1937 Dress Chronograph – $270)
1. It’s much more subtle to glance at your wrist during a boring meeting than whipping out your phone.
2. It makes it super easy for that cute stranger at the coffee shop to ask you for the time.
3. Most watch straps give you a place to securely store your wedding ring while working out.
4. If your watch has lume, when travelling, at night you can look over and see what time it is without turning on a bright blue phone screen (which isn’t great for sleep).
5. What else are the Swiss gonna do? (this g.o.a.t. does not approve of that rudeness)
6. They’re great for timing parking meters. Less tickets that way.
7. They’re also great for timing drinks while out on the town. Less hangovers that way.
8. A wristwatch can’t drunk text your ex at 2 am.
9. Nor can a wristwatch bombard you with robo calls when it’s election season.
10. A watch is a ticket to disconnect. You can go off on your own, but know when to be back.
11. They make a handy emergency compass.
12. Symmetry is overrated. Wearing a watch is a reminder of this.
13. Reflections off the crystal can drive cats absolutely bananas.
14. You don’t have to plug a watch in every night.
15. Because Diego Maradona used to wear two watches at once. And it’s our duty to balance that global average back out to .5 watches per arm.
16. A watch won’t suddenly and embarrassingly expose your guilty pleasure ring tone (NSFWish) during a wedding/funeral/movie/job interview.
17. This is movement specific, but the Valjoux 7750 “wobble” is oddly satisfying.
18. Because the “it’s a hair past a freckle” joke stinks.
19. What is life? If we start dying the day we are born, then would it not behoove us to appreciate our fleeting existence, instead of passing from one distraction to the next, until our hearts and minds are quickly dissipated into irrelevancy like a fart on a windy day? A mobile phone is a stunning achievement in technology, but for most it does little to further the greater human experience. Smartphones are effective devices for communicating, but they’re also a gateway to becoming addicted to fleeting, wasteful distractions. Alternatively, wearing a wristwatch is a constant, visible reminder that your life is not unlimited. Each flick of the second hand is a tangible signal of your eventual demise. We are all dying men, and our perishing only accelerates when we fall oblivious to the inexorable period at the end of our sentence. A wristwatch reminds us that we are always running out of paper and ink.
20. They look good.