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I (and I think many people on ths board) am the kinda of guy:

If I don't wear a watch I feel naked.

However; It seems more and more young people don't wear watches anymore. I help an assistant teacher and so I am sometimes in class.
Today I had some students (~16 years old)

From 20 students only 4 wore a watch. And this is in Switzerland, that home country of watches.

Really strange, in other countires watches seem more popular.

Can't understand how a cellphone can replace a watch.
 

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Hi Martin,

Same thing in the Netherlands. I think I have the same job as yours (Technical Educational Assistant Chemistry). I think more of my students wear watches, but the biggest parts of the class have a pocket watch they can use as a phone too:-( The good part for your country, Satch is very popular (and as a G-Shock Collector, I also have a Mondaine Stop and Go)





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Its quite funny.

On your exams cell phones are banned. Thats since five years or so.

We had someone that made a complaint after failing literature:
"I had no chance to know the time"

Well, that complaint was refused. He was so lucky his complaint in Mathematics came thourgh (but that was a mistake in the gradeing)


Now before the last test I told my students:

You can't have your cellphones. So look you know the time. Get a watch.

Someone said "Hey, why we now need to buy a watch? Money doesn't grow on tress"

I replied

First, you can get a cheap watch for 10 francs. You can get a nice Swatch for 80 francs. You maybe got an old watch that just need batteries. But please. Your accounting book was over 100 francs and no one complained. And if you don't want to spend money. Lend a watch from your brother, girlfriend or whoever.

Owned ;)

However I made all the trainees I take care of at work wearing one, and I am not the only one to do so.
 

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"I had no chance to know the time"
Isn't it mandatory that there is a clock in the room of the exam?

Anyway, it would be so easy for the teacher to put up a wall clock so everybody is aware of the time.

And if the students weren't aware that mobile phones aren't allowed in the exam, so were using the phone as a watch, then they would be in big trouble if the phone was banned. Too late to get a watch then, huh? :-x
 

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They were aware.

One month before the exam they got the papers with the rules. And phones were banned for 4 years or so.

Some rooms don't have wall clocks, that was also known.


But the last exams almost everyone had a "device" to see the time ;)
 

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Hi Martin,

I just had two classes 4th graders (around 16 years old). I think that about 40% (of about 44) was wearing a watch (even a silver Swatch skin). Maybe times are changing:)

Hi DW-5600E,

We have in all class rooms a clock on the wall. The final exams are held in our sport hall. Specially for the exams two large clocks are hung on the wall, so that even the students sitting in the back can see how long they have to finish their exams.

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Can't figure out how people today "abandon" their hand watches :-(
A phone is just a "plastic" feel, it is a cheap thing that I will replace every wome time, just like my computer, but watch is much more than this b-)

A good watch has a personallty, it is something even more than just tell the time, and by the way - it also tell the time, and does a darn good job |>
 

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A watch tell also a bit who you are, isn't it... I need a watch that can take some impact every once in a while, without distroying it.



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Yeah I agree with you!
I just don't get it for young girls and boys, because they wear many jewels and bracelet, but putting a nice watch on themself - no!
A watch is something even more then a Jewel sometime, it has more "character" and it allways nice to see a nice watch ;-)
 

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Discussions/Posts like this have been here before...

So, just to repeat myself:
1. A mobile phone to check the time is IMHO just plain awkward, brings us actually back to the 19th/early 20th century into the time of pocket watches... - I like to have the time at a flick of my wrist.
2. No electronic gadget can ever have the fascination of a mechanical wristwatch. Full stop.

And - regarding the attitude of the students mentioned in this thread: How can they actually be this f#####g stupid? The test conditions were introduced to them weeks before, the ban of mobile phones is valid for years? Are today's students really this silly?
Let me say regarding this matter: Back in the early 1980s, when I finished school in Germany there have been no wall clocks in the exam rooms at all. And everybody stating he can not take the exam due to not bringing a timing device of his own - he/she would just have been thrown out of the exam, because he/she just proved to be too stupid to take the exam at all.
 

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Discussions/Posts like this have been here before...

So, just to repeat myself:
1. A mobile phone to check the time is IMHO just plain awkward, brings us actually back to the 19th/early 20th century into the time of pocket watches... - I like to have the time at a flick of my wrist.
2. No electronic gadget can ever have the fascination of a mechanical wristwatch. Full stop.

And - regarding the attitude of the students mentioned in this thread: How can they actually be this f#####g stupid? The test conditions were introduced to them weeks before, the ban of mobile phones is valid for years? Are today's students really this silly?
Let me say regarding this matter: Back in the early 1980s, when I finished school in Germany there have been no wall clocks in the exam rooms at all. And everybody stating he can not take the exam due to not bringing a timing device of his own - he/she would just have been thrown out of the exam, because he/she just proved to be too stupid to take the exam at all.
:gold Great story, and you are totally right! I also love having the watch at my hand, can't figure out people who dont' having a elctor watch (computer based) in the pocket is so LAME !!!
Also, I prefer mechanical , it is so muvh cooler, and nice to look at and hear |>
But, I guess it is kind of an education thing, I know of so many parents that will buy pay 200-500 $ for a cell phone for their 9's old child, but won't but him even a 10$ watch
Go figure it out <|
 

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Also when they got the rules they got the numbers of the room.

In case of this student this was room 11. He was in there many times and he KNEW it doesn't have a clock.

But like I do at work: I require trainees to wear a watch and it seems they are not as late as they used to be. They even got a voucher to buy one.


Also during holiday: Not that I need the time every secound. But if you for example booked the tennis court at 17:00 its good to know when you need to be there. First a cell would be stolen on the beach and I don't think it likes sand and salt-water while my swatches always survived it...
 

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A friend's daughter graduated from secondary school recently. When he had graduated himself some 25 years earlier, his parents bought him a Tudor watch, which he still wears with much affection today, although he has a number of other watches.

So he offered to take the daughter out shopping, and being a bit more successful than his parents, was prepared to get her a Rolex (or anything else around this price, or less). She wasn't interested and got a bracelet instead. Does not have a watch; does not want a watch. The mobile phone -- her de facto timepiece -- never leaves her side.

The times they are a-changin'....
 

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Sometimes you could even mean a watch hurts or something!

What happend to todays youth? ;)
 

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A friend's daughter graduated from secondary school recently. When he had graduated himself some 25 years earlier, his parents bought him a Tudor watch, which he still wears with much affection today, although he has a number of other watches.

So he offered to take the daughter out shopping, and being a bit more successful than his parents, was prepared to get her a Rolex (or anything else around this price, or less). She wasn't interested and got a bracelet instead. Does not have a watch; does not want a watch. The mobile phone -- her de facto timepiece -- never leaves her side.

The times they are a-changin'....
Why don't we all have such a good parantes that buy us Rolex? o|
LOL
And yeah, I also can't get the mind of people today, what they don't understand that just like watches us been with us for so many years, they will stay with us, and a watch is such a priceless thing!
 

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My children have watches & they like "cool " watches but
they rely on their phone for time even though they may be wearing a watch. Many mobile phones, like MS Windows clock seem to be generally less accurate than a sundail on a cloudy day. OOPs reminds me of a song.... Sunshine on a rainy day... Lol
 

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Most people don't they rely on cell phones they or others own and on other means. I'm 18 and have been wearing watches since I was just a little guy (5?) I just read in the local paper about how watches are popular again lately but only certain ones. For instance stainless steel is out I believe. I could care less I like watches and I'll wear what I like
 

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Here in Switzerland in some schools mobiles are banned now.

Maybe this makes watches more popular.

And as I said: On some jobs a watch is required. Sometimes only "indirectly"
 

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Here in Switzerland in some schools mobiles are banned now.

Maybe this makes watches more popular.

And as I said: On some jobs a watch is required. Sometimes only "indirectly"
I have seen a lot of threads about how Chronos have no real use other than being a fashion statement. I agree with you Martin that some jobs require a watch - mine functionally requires a Chrono nearly every day. I use it extensively to time things to the nearest second. It is so important that I even have a "back-up chrono" in my desk in case I forget on those days and wear a non-chrono (BTW - its a $39 Victorinox V7 with the Eta 251.262 movement that can be found in certain Breitlings for well.....50x as much money:roll:).
 

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Its not even that is "required".

In my company our trainees to office work most of the day. But we require everyone to wear a watch. So you know the time. And we saw the if you have a watch on your wrist your more likely to be on time.


In another company it was that phones are banned. But people also were required to be on time. So you in fact had to wear a watch. When I heard about that from my mate it sounded like it would be "so much to do". Other people have to drive 2 hours for work, and he complains because his arm gets a bit heabiert...
 
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