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Re: Why do you wear your watch?

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I enjoy what they look like and I'm happy to lose a few fleeting seconds multiple times a day just staring at whichever one I'm wearing.
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I wear a watch to tell the time and, as others have said, because it’s part of who I am, and what I do.

But if this is really about why I have a lot of watches, or why I choose on any given day to wear this one as opposed to that one, well that’s a whole other question and one I’ve written quite enough about over the last 12 years. You really don’t want to hear it all again.
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missF wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 3:11 pm
Dickchins wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 3:02 pm I couldnt and wouldnt wear a watch I didnt like.
It’s a good idea for an experiment- we could wear a watch we don’t like for a week and discover how existentially crap it makes us feel :lol:
"Fun" idea for an experiment - a little off topic, but when my older brother got married my Mum made a big song and dance about me trimming my beard back in a way I didn't like, as a compromise to my utter refusal to go clean shaven (for reference, I've had a beard of some form virtually my whole adult life).

It was only really for a day, but I was incredibly conscious that I wasn't myself and it did somewhat spoil (for me) a very special day.

I imagine wearing a watch that I just didn't like might be similar!
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missF wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 3:11 pm It’s a good idea for an experiment- we could wear a watch we don’t like for a week and discover how existentially crap it makes us feel :lol:
Bad idea. Like booking a holiday to Sh*galuf to see how bad it is. Or eating in McDonalds for a week to see how much weight you put on. Besides, I would have to buy a watch I don’t like which would be a bit stupid! :wink:
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missF wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 3:11 pm
Dickchins wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 3:02 pm I couldnt and wouldnt wear a watch I didnt like.
It’s a good idea for an experiment- we could wear a watch we don’t like for a week and discover how existentially crap it makes us feel :lol:
First one to cave and take the crap off their wrist has to watch a whole series of love island :explode:

Not sure im quite there Lindsey but an interesting challenge I recon!!!!!!!
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Dickchins wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 4:33 pm First one to cave and take the crap off their wrist has to watch a whole series of love island :explode:
And how could anyone refuse that challenge??? :lol:
I reckon for me that far worse than wearing a watch I don’t like would be not wearing a watch at all...
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missF wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 5:09 pm
Dickchins wrote: Fri Jul 14, 2023 4:33 pm First one to cave and take the crap off their wrist has to watch a whole series of love island :explode:
And how could anyone refuse that challenge??? :lol:
I reckon for me that far worse than wearing a watch I don’t like would be not wearing a watch at all...
I think that's rather unfair on those of us who don't have a Sam Hill idea what Love Island might be. :oops:

I wear a watch as a form of adornment? Well maybe but then earrings are an adornment.

I wear a watch to tell the time? I don't wear a pocket watch very often at all and yet I enjoy looking at and handling my pocket watches.

On the basis that on any given day there are more watches on the shelf than on the wrist could it be that I enjoy having this miniature engineering miracle close to hand to gaze at and admire?

When I worked I took great pleasure in not wearing a watch during the weekend. Now I don't work and I wear at least one watch in a day, often selecting tomorrow's watch today and switching over during the evening.

I wear a watch because I like it.
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I've always worn a watch, and feel undressed without it. For a period, I wore quartz, but in the last few years I re-discovered the pleasure of mechanical watches, and now I wear them predominantly. Just male jewellery though, really. :D
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(1) aesthetics, for a man it's generally one of the two piece of jewelry many of us will wear, this and a wedding band.

(2) because when you look at your phone in a meeting, you're an ####### who's not paying attention. when you look at your watch, you're telling people, "hey, this meeting or your part of it is going on too long." it's a very different message.
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Strange as it may seem but for the majority I wear it in order to tell the time. During a work day I'm checking it at least every 5-10 minutes to maintain a timely schedule.

I could do that with any watch but I like to see a nice watch hence the particular brand and model of watch that I wear on most days. If I didn't have this watch I'd probably use a fitness/smart watch.
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Why do I wear a watch? To tell the time and this goes back to being a kid who was allowed to play out and roam about with their mates.

“Come home when the street lights come on” was only really suitable for parts of the year when the switch on coincided with bed time and didn’t work at all for tea time most of the year.

So why I wear a watch is mainly out of habit as it’s how I’ve always told the time since I was first given a cheap digital watch bought off the local market.

Why do I wear the watches I do? This comes down to choice and my watches being nice jewellery that I like wearing. However in the same way I don’t wear more gold than Mr T, I don’t wear flashy watches as it’s not really my style.
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Lots of the reasons already called out in this thread. Adornment, aesthetic, personal image, appreciation of the craft etc.

Also and quite importantly its a thing (one of very few) I do totally and absolutely for me. it's my thing, my indulgence, my money, my aesthetic, my interest and my time!
Irrespective of whatever is going on in life, when I look at my wrist or in the watch case it reminds me of me.

OK that's a bit deeper than I expected to write, I'll settle for I think they look good 🙂
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I've worn a watch since I was a child, so I wear watches out of habit. When I started working in the corporate world, I felt watches (and cufflinks) were the only jewelry acceptable for a man. Once I became a family man, I abandoned costly watches because the expense was not warranted. As I aged and encountered some physiological challenges, I re-entered the watch world because it was a more suitable hobby than some of my prior activities. By focusing on affordable watches, I can experience more joy and less financial pain than pursuing luxury watches.

Oh, I also wear a watch to tell time :shock:
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Is the watch wearing club, mechanical watches especially, increasingly becoming a pastime for people of a certain age?. A bit like playing bowls, maybe. :D
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I have worn a watch from about 11 years old.

I wear it to tell the time. Being punctual is important to me. I don’t like being late. I like to know the time at any given time. Far easier to look at a watch, than pull a phone out of my pocket.

My watch ownership exceeds 50 years. My ownership of a mobile phone about 30 years.

Why do I wear the watches that I do? Well I like nice well made things. Other than a wedding ring it is the only item of jewellery that I wear. As I wear a watch it might as well be a nice one. I realise that doesn’t explain why I have many watches.

I wear a watch for my benefit. No one else. I don’t wear one to “flex” (what a stupid expression! :lol:) as a means of indicating whether or not I have “made it”. I like to glance at the dial and marvel at the complex mechanics under the bonnet. Other than when amongst fellow watch nuts (either virtually on a forum, or physically in real life) I feel uncomfortable if anyone comments on a watch that I am wearing. Fortunately this rarely happens.

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