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(SFGate)   Watches lose ground to cell phones. Time marches on   ( divider line
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2007-02-19 03:10:35 AM  
"Even if I went out to dinner straight from work, I'd dump the watch into my purse to free my wrist," says Anckaitis

2007-02-19 05:18:22 AM  
Wow. I just teased a co-worker last week because I asked her the time, pointing to the elegant gold watch on her wrist, and she shrugged, saying "I dunno. The watch isn't even set. I just wear it for jewelry..."
2007-02-19 06:04:32 AM  
I don't know about this. I've always worn watches (tried digital once, went right back to analog) and it's never occured to me to look at my cell phone for the time. Maybe it's a generational thing but I can't imagine not having my watch right there on my arm ready to tell me I'm running late.
2007-02-19 06:05:16 AM  
Not surprising. I haven't worn a watch since 1994, and I don't have a cell phone either.

/Time is a confidence trick invented by the Swiss.
2007-02-19 06:05:57 AM  
I gave up my digital watch with my first mobile 'phone back in the early '90s.
"I am Douglas Adams and I approve this trend"
2007-02-19 06:06:06 AM  
I hate wearing them.
2007-02-19 06:08:10 AM  
I just counted and found that I have 23 clocks in my house (tv, computer, thermostat, microwave, etc). What do I need a watch for?
2007-02-19 06:08:53 AM  
I'm 21, haven't worn a watch since sixth grade. Well, mostly because I haven't needed to. But in recent years I would have, if not for my cellphone. If I need the time I just pull it out of my pocket and look at the front.
2007-02-19 06:10:15 AM  
I, personally, hate people who do use their phone as a watch. Particularly when I know for a fact that they own watches, and instead decide to fumble around in their pockets, or worse, purses, for a solid 30 seconds just for the convenience of not having something on their wrist.

30 seconds of time wasting - versus - 1 second to turn wrist.

No contest

/Always wears a watch.
//Feels naked without it
///Sometimes forgets pants, but still wears watch, so doesn't feel naked
////Enough slashies.
2007-02-19 06:10:44 AM  
Haven't owned a watched since I got my first cell phone in the 90's.... I either look at my cell or my PDA. No need for a watch on my wrist for more encumbrances.
2007-02-19 06:13:09 AM  
I haven't worn a watch in about eight years. Before then I wore one 24/7. Then I started getting a rash.
2007-02-19 06:14:07 AM  
I've never worn a watch, basically ever. Something about the watch band around my wrist has always bugged me. Maybe if I tried it long enough, I would get used to it, but after trying for a couple of weeks once, I just gave up. I have a couple of pretty nice watches people have given me as gifts, that for all I know still work, but I don't use them.

Partly, I've always had an extremely good internal time sense. Partly, nobody is ever far from a clock in this society, it seems. Clock on my desktop, clock on my microwave, clock on my radio, clock on my coffee maker, clock on my VCR, clock in every room and hallway at college, you name it. Maybe if I was a big "hike into the wilderness" sort a watch would have some application to me, but I doubt it.

I've had a cellphone for a few years, but it mostly stays in my truck (It's for trips), and I honestly couldn't even tell you if it has a clock on it or not (It probably does, I don't know). But I do have a Dell Axim, which has a nice clock on it, and I find I almost never even glance at it.

/time is over-rated
//time is three things. "Now", "Before now", and "After now".
2007-02-19 06:21:40 AM  
Watches lose ground to cell phones.

They take a licking, but keep on ticking.
2007-02-19 06:26:26 AM  

It takes me about 1 second to slip my cellphone from my pocket to a viewable location. And I don't have to feel the annoying chaffing on my wrist 24/7
2007-02-19 06:32:17 AM  
i wore a watch just about every day for 9 years at the job i had. had to keep track of break times and what not. when that store closed, and i went on to another place of employment, after two days there, i had to ditch the watch, cause i was looking at it every 10 minutes. kept my phone in my pocket, and set the timer for break times. i was driving myself crazy with the watch.

it's been 7 months without the watch, and it feels great. i do pull out the cell phone every few hours, but, it beats lookin at the wrist every 10 minutes :)
2007-02-19 06:36:05 AM  
So what will grizzled, veteran cops get for a retirement gift now? A gold cell phone?
2007-02-19 06:38:42 AM  
I haven't warn a watch since the casio digital calculator watch was deemed 'uncool'... Well I was 9!

But seriously, if there was a nifty enough gadget watch that looked good i might buy one. Don't think i'd use it for telling the time though. That is what the sun is for!!

/yup its overcast
//must mean time has stopped
2007-02-19 06:39:04 AM  
My watch broke in 1996. Had it fixed, took it home, put it away and haven't warn it since. If the sun is up I can tell the time fairly accurately. For alarms I use my cell phone, which I have to have for work (the ring is a single chime on the lowest setting).
2007-02-19 06:40:59 AM  
My RAZr is my phone, datebook (PDA), watch, alarm clock all in one. Now I dont have that anoying wrestling match with my pants trying to get change out of my left pocket (if I keep it in my right pocket it falls out everytime I sit and cross my leg).
2007-02-19 06:42:04 AM  
back in grade school, when i wore watches, i would go play sports and hurt the watch. if i took it off, i would put it in my backpack and forget to wear it again. so it was a pain to have one. cell phones are easier for some reason, even though a twist of the wrist would be faster.
2007-02-19 06:45:28 AM  
chicks just don't dig watches, dog
2007-02-19 06:48:02 AM  
I have had a cell phone/pda/blackberry for for years, and I used to lug around a pocket watch and the device. One day I had my pda out and a coworker asked the time. I dug around for about 20 seconds looking for my pocket watch, only to find it had run down. He started laughing, and pointed at my pda. You know the rest except that now my grandad's watch doesn't have to be worn in my ass because it is my kid's birthright.
/Is the reference too subtle?
//I love Walken
///we need more Walken threads
2007-02-19 06:50:03 AM  
Cheezalot: I just counted and found that I have 23 clocks in my house (tv, computer, thermostat, microwave, etc).

Same problem here. I won't even remember them all until a week after we shift to DST (Mar. 11).

I thought about making a list the last time we changed from DST to standard time. Maybe next time.
2007-02-19 06:51:26 AM  
I stopped wearing a watch when i was working shiatty summer jobs and it was depressing looking at my wrist and seeing it was only 10:30. after what seemed a full day in the sun.

then got a mobile and all problems solved!
2007-02-19 07:08:23 AM  
Pocketwatches are cool, I like to wear one... and I'm sure they'll come back into style at some point.
2007-02-19 07:10:20 AM  

It takes me about 1 second to slip my cellphone from my pocket to a viewable location. And I don't have to feel the annoying chaffing on my wrist 24/7

If your wrist is chafing, you probably don't have a very good watch. And by good, I don't necessarily mean high quality. I had a piece of crap watch for about 4 years, and I was reluctant to give it up when the strap broke, even though it was so scratched I could only barely tell the time - I just liked having the time there. Also, I was the only person in my little group of school-mates who had a reliable way to tell the time - at least once a day, someone would ask me for the time, cause there were no clocks nearby. So I'm still a fan of having a reliable device.
Also, whilst you may be skilled at the phone-time check, I know many people who fumble around like they're trying to find the Grail when searching for their phone. So I still hate them.
2007-02-19 07:13:59 AM  
I wear a watch regularly and own more than a dozen. Mostly automatic mechnical watches. Yes, DST, is a pain. But I feel naked w/o a watch.

/You can have my watch when pry it from my cold dead wrist!
2007-02-19 07:20:02 AM  
I haven't worn a watch in years. Used to when I was a kid but slightly erratically. I'm all for device convergence now.

Mobile Phone = Phone + watch/alarm clock + radio + mp3 player + camera + mobile web browser/email access.

I like that. Less enormous pockets needed, no need to remember any other things, no watch batteries to get changed.
2007-02-19 07:25:20 AM  

I haven't warn a watch since the casio digital calculator watch was deemed 'uncool'... Well I was 9!

Several of my 40+ year-old coworkers wear a calculator watch. I guess they don't want to be caught off-guard if they have to do some complicated division problem.

2007-02-19 07:31:47 AM  
I just counted and found that I have 23 clocks in my house (tv, computer, thermostat, microwave, etc).

And they're all set to the correct time? I'm surprised you don't wear two watches.

/Wears a watch
//an analog watch
///No cell phone
2007-02-19 07:37:48 AM  
Because watchbands stink like old sweaty socks.
2007-02-19 07:38:00 AM
2007-02-19 07:38:50 AM  
If your cell phone takes more than 5 seconds to get out of anywhere you have it stored you may as well "Walken" it and shove it up you butt.

I would give up calling you if you couldn't answer your phone in a timely manner, keeping me from getting voicemail all the time.

I used to wear a watch and do have 2 nice Swiss Army ones. Used to where them all the time, well one of them since the other one was for dress up times since it was nicer (shinier), but since I finally broke down and got a cell I found I don't need the watch.
As long as your cell has a front screen, like a RAZR or such, you don't have to open your clamshell style phone to see any info and it works just like a pocket watch.

/no wrist chaffing
//no dumb hick wrist tans
///no replacing watch faces due to being accident prone and working with hands all day in construction
2007-02-19 07:46:59 AM  
I wear a Seiko Automatic that was given to my grandfather when he retired in 1979. It still works (although it's now on its fourth new strap). The only gripes I have are that it's self-winding, so if I don't wear it a couple days, it stops and I have to spend a minute or two resetting it, and, when I am wearing it, it gains a minute every day. By the end of the week all I know is that it's not yet the time on the watch.

I will wear it until one of us dies or becomes to expensive to repair.

For the record, I also have a nice cellphone I use as my alarm clock.
2007-02-19 07:52:31 AM  
I wear a beautiful Baume & Mercier stainless steel watch. I've had it for nearly ten years. It's mechanical, automatic and has kept perfect time from day-one. I know a $25 Timex would probably do the same job. But, there's just something oddly romantic about a hand-made Swiss watch - all those gears and springs quietly ticking away the years. Totally irrational, I know. It's hard to explain.
2007-02-19 07:52:59 AM  
You use time pieces for the convenience of others, not yourself, and I see no real need to shackle one around my wrist.

I carry a cell phone during working hours, because my employer provides and pays for it. If a situation arose where for some reason I really needed to know the time, and I didn't happen to be in a car, or in front of a computer, and there were no wall clocks in sight, I'd pull out the cell phone and see. I haven't worn a watch in over ten years, and I'm not about to start now.
2007-02-19 08:01:28 AM  
I stopped wearing a watch many years ago. And it was a damned nice watch.

I no longer have a stinky piece of fine-grain leather creating a sweaty, untanned line on my wrist. Or getting snagged on things and torn off while I work. (I went through at least a dozen band pins in a year...)

Since I stopped wearing the watch, I've also noticed a significant decrease in the number of random douchenozzles who will walk up to you and demand to know the farkin' time.

I consider pulling my cell no different than what one used to do pulling their nice pocket-watch out of their jacket. And it takes me no longer to do so.
2007-02-19 08:05:07 AM  
I wouldn't go without my Citizen Ecodrive. I've had it for 5 years and love it! Analog - yes, second hand - yes.. need it for counting pulses, etc!

/is a nurse..
2007-02-19 08:05:25 AM  
I have a sundial in my front yard..........why would I need a watch?
2007-02-19 08:11:08 AM  
Am I the only one that likes wearing a watch? Hell I am about to buy a few that arent the normal clock face/LED watch type.
2007-02-19 08:12:18 AM  
Lamune_Baba: random douchenozzles who will walk up to you and demand to know the farkin' time.

You do everything that some random farktard demands of you?
2007-02-19 08:15:54 AM  
I've worn my trusty Elvis/Nixon hologram watch now for about 15 years. Got it at the National Archives.
2007-02-19 08:35:21 AM  
I don't carry a cellphone, so I wear a watch. I won't wear a digital watch, either. I've owned them in the past, and I can't stand them. I can look at my analog watch and get a good visual representation of what time it is, and how much time has elapsed/is left for a particular activity. Digital displays, whether on a watch or a phone, are no where near as intuitive.

Besides, I can tell North to a greater degree of accuracy with my analog watch than any watch (or phone) with a digital compass built in.
2007-02-19 08:35:27 AM  

Am I the only one that likes wearing a watch? Hell I am about to buy a few that arent the normal clock face/LED watch type.

Nope, you're not alone, but judging from these responses, you are in the minority.
What the hell do you mean by aren't clock face/led type? Binary watches? A wrist-sundial? Those weird calculator-ones?
2007-02-19 08:35:46 AM  
I just feel that there's something un-professional (is this even a word?) looking, pulling out a cellphone to read the time, like when meeting with bosses or clients. Also it's just quicker to turn the wrist than grab my cellphone from my pocket.
it never bothers me to have a watch on my wrist neither.. even feels weird when i forget to wear it when i go out.

/hate digital clocks/watches/speedometer/etc though..
2007-02-19 08:40:34 AM  
I rely on an analogue watch. In addition to it being faster to look right at my wrist, seeing the position of the hands tells me more than a digital display of the time. If I'm thinking about when I have to be somewhere, or how much longer I have to wait for something to be over, it's easier than with a digital display.

That said, I never look at my watch when I'm using the computer and I have the little digital clock in the system tray...
2007-02-19 08:53:53 AM  
Some of us don't like watches because we're physically active and don't like something constantly next to our skin collecting sweat, dirt and oil, esp. when it can end up smelling like old sandals or worse after a week of mountain biking. Cloth straps solve the problem if you bleach them, but bleaching watch straps is a solution but then the wrist gets all irritated afterwards. Leather just soaks up stuff and it gets ugly. I just don't wear watches anymore, too active.
2007-02-19 08:58:03 AM  
I am with cheezelaot.

Clocks are everywhere now: walls, computers, cars, cell phones. I haven't worn a watch in the last decade.
2007-02-19 09:01:43 AM  
I haven't worn a watch since 1990 or so. Before I had a cell phone, I got the time off my pager.

/Does Swatch make a cell phone?
2007-02-19 09:10:27 AM  
You can have my ROLEX when you pry it off my cold dead wrist. I'd be lost without a watch
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