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What is this watch you speak of?

It looks to me like that one screen on my smart phone.

Kidding aside, I’ve not worn a watch in about three years. I use my phone. I think the batteries in all of mine are probably dead now.

Am I the only one?

49 Responses to “What is this watch you speak of?”

  1. precision Says:

    I gave up on watches in 1988. As a high schooler who broke 3 of the finest calculator / “video” game watches in a month.

    I learned the sun dial approximation method and since then, the cell does the trick.

  2. Bram Says:

    I still where a watch every day. I think my cell phone is in the car – I never carry that damn thing.

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  4. Ian Argent Says:

    I still wear a watch because it’s easier to turn my wrist than to pull my phone out and light the screen. OTOH, it’s an analog-faced watch so that I can grok the time in a flash. Digital displays are precise, but I have to read them. Analog displays are imprecise but instantly readable to me without having to engage higher brain function.

  5. Canthros Says:

    I dunno. I have about 5 that I rotate, but mostly as a stylistic choice. If I’m wearing anything but the G-Shock, it’s usually faster to pull out the cell to find out what the time is.

    I have a Seiko Kinetic, which is a nice watch … and which I may just replace when the capacitors in it finally cack off for something with a conventional watch battery or a mechanical movement, instead.

    The Monster looks nice, but I already have a Nixon 51-30 I mostly like and fills out the same sort of use. Seems to eat batteries, though.

  6. Rivrdog Says:

    I keep a cheapie Timex going for when I’m outdoors and my phone isn’t, but I only wear it 4 or 5 days per month.

  7. Alan Says:

    I agree with Ian. I grok analog time instantly. Digital I have to think about. There’s a reason pocket watches fell out of fashion. A clock on your wrist is quicker and easier.

  8. Classical Liberal Says:

    I am the same I gave up with watches and just check my phone. My wife said when I wore a watch all I would do is check it all the time.

  9. elliot Says:

    Ian stole my point. It’s much easier to glance at my wrist than pry my phone out of my pocket and light it up. Especially, when driving.

  10. Ellen Says:

    I use a watch. My cell phone is in my purse, usually turned off, and even if I were carrying my pocket PC I’d have to turn it on.

  11. SayUncle Says:

    Your car doesn’t have a clock? Hell, I’m near a clock like everywhere I go.

  12. Nylarthotep Says:

    I still wear watches. No batteries in any of mine. I’ve worn a Black Monster like Les is getting for several years. Great night watch.

  13. DirtCrashr Says:

    I haven’t worn a watch in over fifteen years. Even before I got laid-off and Time itself lost all significance, I realized that I don’t like strapping a tight, irritating Thing on my wrist. For a while I carried a pocket-watch but that was a *behavior* and it started to feel pretentious so I quit.

  14. Leatherwing Says:

    I like watches, but my skin chemistry starts to corrode the metal after about a year. Decided to stop throwing money away on them.

  15. D2k Says:

    I’ve not worn a watch since I realized that watches, bracelets, necklaces, rings and piercings are just liabilities.
    If I need to know the time I can approximate from the sun, look at any number of clocks around me or check my phone if I really need to.
    Only thing that bothers me is that I need to adjust for location within the time zone and DST when approximating from the sun.

  16. anon Says:

    Watch. I can glance at it in an instant – but probably also force of habit. Phone remains in pocket until it buzzes.

  17. Les Jones Says:

    Once I started carrying a cell phone I quit wearing a watch. (Or maybe it was when I started carrying a Palm Pilot.) It’s only been in the last three or four years that I’ve started wearing one again. The watch just makes it slightly easier to check the time and I’ve found that I plain enjoy wearing one.

    Like one of the guys at has in his sig line “Not as clumsy or as random as a cell phone. An elegant timepiece for a more civilized time.”

  18. Jake Says:

    I wear a pocket watch at work, since I don’t really find wristwatches comfortable, but I do wear a wristwatch when I’m on duty for the rescue squad. It’s kind of hard to count someone’s pulse and respirations without one, and the pocket watch doesn’t work well for that because it means both hands are tied up.

  19. Bryan S. Says:

    Used to… but then some muscle issues caused me to stop. Now I secure them to the handlebars on the motorcycle.

  20. Seerak Says:

    I fell out of watch wearing after I received a watch as a gift to replace a previous one, but it needed some links removed to fit my skinny wrists. I now rely on available clocks (often on the computer I’m using), sun reckoning, and my phone, in that order.

  21. nk Says:

    October, 1992, when my first wife threw it out, by accident.

  22. Jeff the Baptist Says:

    Watch. I work in an area where security can be tight and so smartphones like mine are restricted. But I can still wear my auto-winding mechanical everywhere I go.

  23. HerrBGone Says:

    The story of my current wristwatch is buried near the bottom of this post over at the Dragonfly:

    Sorry ’bout the longish link…

  24. Monte Says:

    I wear one of these, from Seiko, every day. I like the analog/digital combo. It’s hard to check the time on your cell phone when your cell phone is in the pocket of your pants… which you aren’t wearing. The watch is my only piece of ‘jewelry.’

  25. Adam Says:

    I wear a G-Shock every day, no matter the dress code. It was a great Christmas gift last year.

    It’s solar, so the battery lasts a millenia, and it receives hourly updates from the atomic clocks via radio signal. Has day/date/stopwatch/nightlight/tide…etc.

    Definitely more than I need, but I’d rather have it and not need it. 🙂

  26. Critter Says:

    i hate anything on my wrists or fingers so i quit wearing wrist watches long ago. of course one needs to tell the time and occasionally doeesn’t have a wall clock close by so the BIL suggested this little thing. he’s a builder and a lot of his guys wear these on their belt loops so that their watches are accessable but not on the wrist where they could get damaged. i like it:

  27. BobG Says:

    I’ve been wearing my watch longer than I’ve had a cell phone. The watch is about ten years old, and I’ve never had to put a battery in, since part of the face is a solar cell that trickle charges the battery whenever light hits it.

  28. Bubblehead Les Says:

    Wear. Self Winding Analog. EMP Proof, and I know the Boy Scout Trick of using it to find North. Also it keeps both hands empty.

  29. Wing and A Whim Says:

    I wear a cheap kid’s watch with a breakaway strap, so when it gets caught in machinery, or hit with a mock-combat sword, or tangled in bushes, or gets something truly irritating spilled on it, the only setback will be the time invested in getting another. It’s waterproof, analogue (so I can read it instantly at a glance), and the current one has the nifty backlight-glow so I can even check it after dark.

    The cell phone stays away from the stove, the water, the acids, epoxies, the paint booth, the heavy machinery leaking various fluids, and out of reach of the dog.

  30. Fred Says:

    Much easier to look at my wrist than it is to pull the phone out of my pocket. Need to reference it way too much at work.

  31. SDN Says:

    I stopped wearing one in 2005 when my job began requiring a lot of travel and it was a hassle at airports, especially since I have clocks available all the time.

  32. PawPaw Says:

    I still wear a watch, a magnificently accurate Seiko, the watch of Cavalry Officers worldwide.

  33. Timmeehh Says:

    I wear a 1960’s Longines Automatic. To all of you who use a cell phone or an electronic watch, good luck finding batteries in a few years.

  34. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    I have the atomic G-Shock “Forester” with all kinds of features. As a school bus driver, I use three of the four alarms and most of what else it will do from time to time. Accuracy is important, not least as a borderline ass burger engineer, but I want the vermin to know when to expect me.

  35. weambulance Says:

    I just recently got back into watches. I needed something for EMT training so I bought a cheap Timex analog, then realized I really like analog watches but wanted something nicer, and now I have six watches.

    Three of them are my work watches (which one I use depends on what I’m up to), my single digital is for swimming and running when I want lap times, and the cheap Timex is my throwaway watch I wear in the field. The sixth will probably be sold.

    I also just enjoy wearing a watch, now that my wrist is used to it again.

  36. Chris L. Says:

    I have 3 watches and some pretty nice ones too…I haven’t worn one in about 3 or 4 years either… The phone is just to handy and always with me.

  37. Linoge Says:

    Still wear a watch. Probably will keep doing so. Just faster, and Lord knows my wrist would feel funny.

  38. Mike LaForge Says:

    Ditto “Jeff the Baptist Says”, comment 22. SCIF issues.

  39. RobinGoodfellow Says:

    I still wear a watch. But both my daughters (and from what I can tell all of there friends) have given up on the venerable wrist watch. The cell phone is just too easy. You don’t set it, it springs forward and falls back on its own, and if you change time zones it resets automatically.

  40. MAJ Mike Says:

    I use my cell phone to set my watch. I always wear a watch, but rarely carry my phone. I’d stop wearing a watch if my HK 45C or my G19 had a clock on them.

  41. Dan Says:

    My cell phone battery lasts maybe 5 days if I don’t use it. I’ve changed the battery on my timex ONCE in that last TWELVE years. When cell phones have that kind of reliability. I’ll rely on them as a time piece. Until then I’ll be the guy that isn’t constantly running into office meetings out breath saying “Sorry I’m late. My cell phone died.”

  42. ::G Says:

    This topic sure got a lot of opinions….

    For the longest time I used to not wear a watch, because my cell phone was always on me and the time never needs reset. I started wearing one again because it seemed more like a “man of society” to have a halfway-decent timepiece on one’s wrist. Since the one I have is RF-sync’ed to an atomic clock, and solar trickle-charged as well, I don’t have to mess with annoyances such as resetting the time or changing batteries. Plus as other posters have said, it’s easier to just turn one’s wrist rather than pull a phone out of one’s pocket and wake up the display.

    The downsides: metal bands rip the hairs out of one’s wrist (ow) and tend to scuff up the wrist rests of laptops.

    Someday I’d like to get an Omega mechanical (i.e. not quartz) self-winder, but there are far too many guns that need to come home with me first.

  43. HerrBGone Says:

    Love my Omega’s! The best one in my collection is a two-tone Constelation with the pie pan dial from the 1960’s. You don’t want to know how little I paid for it at that yard sale. I actually tried to tell the guy he wasn’t asking enough. He brushed me off saying “I set my price and that’s what I gotta get.” OK by me… I’ll take that one and that one and that one…

    Yes, it’s real. No, it’s not hot.

  44. Ian Argent Says:

    Am I the only person in the world who builds into my nighttime routine “plug in the cell phone?” Since it’s an LTE Android, it will run out of power in about 30 seconds, but I have never once not had power because of forgetting to charge it overnight. My Bluetooth headset, which requires a charge approximately every 3 days or so, depending on talk time, I check every night and charge as appropriate. It’s like the gas tank on a car; every so often glancing at the fuel gauge is something to build into a routine.
    To be fair, I’ve never really understood not knowing where your cell phone is at all times. Regardless of how often you use it, it’s as much of a piece of safety gear as your firearm or pocketknife, and frequently as expensive to replace off contract as a low to mid-range handgun. (Yes, I know that has changed in the past few years, with the rise of cheap prepaid phones.)

  45. William Nestman Says:

    My Dad gave me my first watch when I turned 10 and started diving (scuba) on my own. It was a US Divers mechanical model that required winding every night. Waterproof. I have worn a divers watch of some sort ever since. Rain, cold, water, sludge or whatever I look at my watch. My last watch, a Seiko Divers with a battery, lasted 17 years through 6 batteries before it died. I now have a G-Shock solar, first digital I have owned but it never comes off the wrist except for cleaning. The cellular device? It is for my convenience, not yours. I wonder where it is right now? Probably need to charge it. hahahahahaha

  46. Ian Argent Says:

    @William Nestman: would you be as proud of having a firearm whose location you did not know and for which you had no ammo?

  47. William Nestman Says:

    @Ian Argent: No Sir! I know where the protective devices are located. You, please excuse me whilst I infer, consider a cellular device to be a weapon. It may be. I just know I will see the fear in their eyes when I whip that puppy out and state in a firm yet unemotional voice, Call 911!” I do believe that the discussion was centered on which item one preferred to use to check the time, a watch or a cellular telephone. I prefer a watch. As for cellular devices, last time I checked mine wasnt loaded.

  48. Ian Argent Says:

    Safety device != weapon, and I didn’t claim a cell phone was a weapon; I claimed a firearm was a piece of safety gear, and drew the analogy that you wouldn’t allow one piece of gear to become non-functional, so why allow another; and one that will generally see a lot more use in the safety/lifesaving dept. If you don’t want to have a cell phone, that’s one thing. If you want to leave it powered off under normal circumstances, that’s a little weird, but at least partially understandable. It’s the having a non-functional or non-locatable one that I don’t understand. They’re not free, after all (the “free” ones are paid for out of the attached service contract, usually).

    (As for timechecking – I prefer a watch, myself – see post 4.)

  49. Canthros Says:

    Aaaannd I bought a Monster for some reason I can’t quite explain. It seems okay. Much smaller and lighter than my Nixon.