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...how many people don't wear a watch.

I come from a big family of watch lovers. My father is a watch nut, and surprisingly, so is my wife. I tended to never really care for watches and only bought them when I absolutely needed a new one...much like shoes.

But since I decided to retire my Swiss Army watch and decided to get a nice automatic, I discovered this evil site and all is downhill from there.

In any case, I walked around an outlet mall, then Walmart, and then the regular mall, and even noticed people at places where I work. A lot of people just don't wear watches...including many doctors, engineers, and business friends of mine.

I asked a good many of them why don't they wear a watch?

Here are some of their answers, which I was shocked to hear:

1. I lost my watch.
2. It is too heavy, bothersome to remember to put on.
3. Why do I need a watch when I have the time:
a) on clocks all around me
b) on my cell phone
c) on my beeper/pager (doctors still use these things)
d) with you having a watch on and are with me most of the time

I was totally shocked. Here I was, coming from a watch nut family, for the first time realizing that people were different from us. I have been wearing a watch every single day of my life since maybe age ten. I feel naked without a watch on. On those rare days I go out without a watch, I am miserable because I feel like something is missing and it bugs the living hell out of me to not have a watch on.

We are not the norm. We are special. :-!
 

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True.

A lot of them do not wear a watch.
The reasons you have mentioned are perfect!
I have recently gifted my brother a Nice Timex expedition compass (quartz :-x) for his wedding. He often complains to me it being the heaviest. :-s
I'm not sure if all these non-wearers will ever be able to even smell our big and massive divers.
 

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Yeah most people do not wear watches. It is also probably true that one doesn't really need to know the exact time to get most things done in everyday life, and there are clocks everywhere - in the car, on the cell phone, etc...

The weight of watches is all relative. I like big heavy divers, and their weight is transparent to me now. Others would claim its too heavy. Different preferences, and thats perfectly fine with me!
 

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Went without wearing a watch for years. You can get through life on time, anywhere, perfectly well without one. The bottom line is they're nothing more than jewellery and only rarely serve any practical purpose these days. They sell in the milliions because we live in a consumer society that is driven by time and tend to like expensive things that 'do stuff' we can kid ourselves we need. Being 'into' watches is just another fetish, plain and simple. Wouldn't be without my little collection, though!
 

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When I see a person without a watch, I immediately form a judgment about them. Not only are they less interesting to me (because we don't share this passion), but I suspect that time and the notion of being on time (which is a way that we show respect for others) is not terribly important to them.

Sure they can get the time off other devices - clocks, cell phones, etc. But those items are not always close at hand - there may not be a clock in the room they're in, or they may have set their cell phone down and misplaced it. While they walk around looking for a clock, or dig through their pockets trying to find their cell phone, time's a-wastin'! Whatever the reason, they're not making time (and punctuality) a big priority.

That strikes me as just a little self centered and inconsiderate. I don't really care to know people like that.
 

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I think a lot of it has to do with changes in the culture in the U.S. Reality T.V. and the dumbing down of America are two examples. Our local newscasters speak as though they were 13 year olds. What does that tell you?
Watches won't ever go away though.:-|
 

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When I see a person without a watch, I immediately form a judgment about them. Not only are they less interesting to me (because we don't share this passion), but I suspect that time and the notion of being on time (which is a way that we show respect for others) is not terribly important to them.

Sure they can get the time off other devices - clocks, cell phones, etc. But those items are not always close at hand - there may not be a clock in the room they're in, or they may have set their cell phone down and misplaced it. While they walk around looking for a clock, or dig through their pockets trying to find their cell phone, time's a-wastin'! Whatever the reason, they're not making time (and punctuality) a big priority.

That strikes me as just a little self centered and inconsiderate. I don't really care to know people like that.
This isn't even worthy of a reasonable reply. Sheesh!
 

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One thing I noticed about myself is that I instinctly look at the time almost every 15-30 minutes when I am wearing my watch and am out of house. I don't know why, but I almost never not know, within say 30 minutes, of what time it is.

But Barry H is correct in saying that watches are fancy jewelery pieces. One is perfectly capable of going through the day without knowing the exact time or by relying on other non-watch time indicators.

But I still gotta have my watch when I leave the house.
 

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When I see a person without a watch, I immediately form a judgment about them. Not only are they less interesting to me (because we don't share this passion), but I suspect that time and the notion of being on time (which is a way that we show respect for others) is not terribly important to them.

Sure they can get the time off other devices - clocks, cell phones, etc. But those items are not always close at hand - there may not be a clock in the room they're in, or they may have set their cell phone down and misplaced it. While they walk around looking for a clock, or dig through their pockets trying to find their cell phone, time's a-wastin'! Whatever the reason, they're not making time (and punctuality) a big priority.

That strikes me as just a little self centered and inconsiderate. I don't really care to know people like that.

I don't quite have that level of contempt towards people who don't wear watches, because I have a few people in my family who don't, like my mother. But in general, in my line of work (import, wholesale distribution), if I meet someone who works with me and is not wearing a watch, I feel a level of distrust in their abilities to get the job done. We rely on shipments coming in, items being broken down and warehoused quickly, and then trucks coming and going throughout the entire day and week to run our business. I could not imagine trying to do that without a watch on. In our business, time really is money.
 

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I think a lot of it has to do with changes in the culture in the U.S. Reality T.V. and the dumbing down of America are two examples. Our local newscasters speak as though they were 13 year olds. What does that tell you?
Watches won't ever go away though.:-|
Welcome to Idiot America.
 

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i never used to wear a watch. and when i did i didn't know there was such a thing as wind up. walmart was it for me.

then last year a buddy of mine, out of no where, asked me if i was interested in learning how to work on watches. well sure, there's alcohol involved, of course i'm interested.

so he sat me down in front of a smallish (not tiny at all) ladies movement and i spent the better part of 6 hours pulling apart, drinking, cleaning, and then reassembling that sucker. since then i've been hooked.

now that i know what is actually inside these things i have a whole new appreciation for them. and of course, thanks to this site, i'm completely hooked on building a collection.
 

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Need I remind our Members that Rule#1 here is to treat each other with courtesy and politeness? I hope it isn't necessary to close this thread. Let's move on please.
 

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But a snarky reply seemed like a good idea? :-s
I have to put on the mod hat here and chime in - *you* were the one who posted a reply expressing about your disdain for people who do not wear watches (in which case you must dislike most people out there, since the majority of people do not wear watches anymore), and then stretch that even futher by suggesting that somehow only those who wear watches are capable of keeping track of time despite clocks being *everywhere* nowadays. To top it off, you then draw the conclusion that non watch wearers are self-centered and inconsiderate. Do you see the irony there?

In either case, as a general announcement to all posters here, keep this thread on topic and focused on the topic (no more subjective judgements on people who do or do not wear watches), or it will be closed. Thanks.
 

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In a world where women have the utmost selection of jewelry I think watches for men are a form of jewelry......and they also have a multitude of other functions.Time,day,date,month,moon phase,temp,altitude,barometric pressure,temperature,24hr clock,UTC,tourbillions,skeleton dials,precious metals and materialsand so much more.

Lets see a womans diamond do any of these.:-d
 

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I don't quite have that level of contempt towards people who don't wear watches, because I have a few people in my family who don't, like my mother. But in general, in my line of work (import, wholesale distribution), if I meet someone who works with me and is not wearing a watch, I feel a level of distrust in their abilities to get the job done. We rely on shipments coming in, items being broken down and warehoused quickly, and then trucks coming and going throughout the entire day and week to run our business. I could not imagine trying to do that without a watch on. In our business, time really is money.
Sounding out
 

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Good point. :) As a woman, I don't wear a lot of jewelery. I have a few small diamond sets, and some Tahitian pearls for those rare occasions when I have to go formal. The other 90% of the time (no pun intended :)), watches are my main kind of adornment too. Fashion and function all in one package!

In a world where women have the utmost selection of jewelry I think watches for men are a form of jewelry......and they also have a multitude of other functions.Time,day,date,month,moon phase,temp,altitude,barometric pressure,temperature,24hr clock,UTC,tourbillions,skeleton dials,precious metals and materialsand so much more.

Lets see a womans diamond do any of these.:-d
 

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I don't like it when peopole don't wear watches. I think it's sloppy, and for business, they are "out of uniform".

Yeah, there are clocks on my phone, in my car on the wall, whatever. I own a washing machine and shower. Does that mean I exempt from underwear?
 

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When I see a person without a watch, I immediately form a judgment about them. Not only are they less interesting to me (because we don't share this passion), but I suspect that time and the notion of being on time (which is a way that we show respect for others) is not terribly important to them.

Sure they can get the time off other devices - clocks, cell phones, etc. But those items are not always close at hand - there may not be a clock in the room they're in, or they may have set their cell phone down and misplaced it. While they walk around looking for a clock, or dig through their pockets trying to find their cell phone, time's a-wastin'! Whatever the reason, they're not making time (and punctuality) a big priority.

That strikes me as just a little self centered and inconsiderate. I don't really care to know people like that.
When I read something like this, I immediately form a judgment about the person who wrote it. They are a mental.
 
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