We don't disagree. A watch is a useful tool, even without any particular professional requirement.I agree and disagree with what you said.
I agree because :
Now, I disagree because :
- Recent browsing of WUS threads about the reasons everyone had to buy watches. I was shocked but no one seemed to have thought as "needing one" as a valid motive.
- Availability of time telling alternatives (phones mainly, but also cars clocks etc.).
- This week I had among my clients a woman with a 7.5 inches wrist, and an extremely small, yet classy golden watch. It looked something like this (15 to 20 mm case I think), but without seconds hand :Yet, her wrists being even larger than mine, it looked minuscule on her. I gently teased her about it by asking if the time wasn't too hard to read on it, and placing my 42 mm Field right next. She said that no, but she just liked it, and did read the time on the watch : 16h. Yet, it was in fact 10h50. Her watch had stopped since an undefined moment. 😅
So yeah, while most people don't actually require a watch, I still think it's often a better solution for time related needs; even more for some professionals.
- Some professions do absolutely need a time telling device. It might only be as a backup in case of technical failure, but having none in case of main device failure can make the difference between trouble or not. Even without those spectacular circumstances, for someone as simple as a doctor, if you need to check the pulse of your patient, or his/her respiratory frequency, you only need yourself and a 3 hands watch.
- Alternate time telling does not mean better. Sure, phone, or computers can tell time, but are they always a better idea ? If we reuse the example above, the previous doctor could have no watch, but use his/her phone to tell the time, an electronic sphygmomanometer to check pulse and blood pressure, and an electronic saturometer to get an idea of breathing. Yet.. well, the sphygmomanometer will require one or two minutes to tell the pressure and cardiac frequency. It might also provide inaccurate results in case of irregular pulse, or low battery. Plus it will require the doctor to touch the device after having touched the patient, hence contaminating it with the patient's bacterias. Does he wants to check the time ? Yeah, sure, take you phone with your soiled hands, and press the button you already touched 20x times today. Same story for the saturometer, not to mention how imperfect the parameter is depending on ambiant temperature. To sum-up, not even mentioning the small cart to carry around that cookware, using that stuff will be less precise, more energy and time consuming, and considerably dirtier in terms of hygiene.... instead of just tilting your wrist and looking at a simple watch.
- Practicality. It takes one to two seconds to tilt your wrist to check the time on a legible field watch. Reaching out for your phone in your pocket, pressing the button will require 6-10, not to mention a free hand to do so.
- Ecology. Sure even if you're not a professional, you could use a phone to tell the time. Which will action the 5' LCD screen, the processor, the backlighting, the vibrator upon pressing the buttons, all of that just to read the time. It'll then require to be charged again every few days, with its lithium battery, before eventually replacing it after one year or two. Compare that to a good quartz which minute battery will last 5 years, or with a mechanical which does not consumes other energy than your own movement, and there's no comparison about which solution wastes more energy. And that without even relating to night related legibility, where engaging a 5' inch at full strength can't compare with the smartness of Luminova in terms of energy management, at least in the first hours.
There is what we need and what we want. To create the former by using the latter is a matter of marketing and design.
But the reasoning of someone practicing [insert hobby/profession] needs a [insert style]-watch is purely emotional, especially now a days - and it is something marketing loves to latch onto, creating categories, to make people buy something that they really don't need.