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I tried. Got a series 3 and starting wearing it all the time. Lasted about a week. Now its just for running. Found myself constantly playing with it, but did not gain any productivity. Missed my Omega too much.
 

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I thought I replied to this thread (but I guess I didn't)... I don't see myself going back to mechanical or digital watches. I know I'm in the minority (using an AW as a medical device) but it makes things simpler. No more watch shopping and wishing I had X watch (I wasted a LOT of time doing that). I was worried how it would look wearing it at work, but I've gotten past that and no longer care. I'll be selling all my other watches soon.
Now I just shop for straps. :)
 

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I know I'm in the minority (using an AW as a medical device) but it makes things simpler.
I don’t think you are in minority wearing a smart watch. Where I live in Europe I see more and more people wearing various smart watches, fitness bands or sports watches (the likes of Suunto or Garmin). I think more and more people are replacing their regular watches.


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I don’t think you are in minority wearing a smart watch. Where I live in Europe I see more and more people wearing various smart watches, fitness bands or sports watches (the likes of Suunto or Garmin). I think more and more people are replacing their regular watches.


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I meant that I'm in the minority because I wear an AW primarily as a medical device. I have phone calls, texts, music, and everything I can disable, disabled. The only thing it tells me is the time, temp, date, battery percentage, and most importantly, my blood glucose. I have only one app installed.
 

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I wear a suit for work everyday and more and more find myself wearing my Apple watch instead of my mechanical watches and I'm quite conflicted about it. Might need to start a rotation process.
 

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Bought one for fitness tracking and found myself in the conflict of mechanical watches feeling suddenly featureless, which is normally something I actually value. Conflicts. Although when I do flip back to an analog watch after a streak of only wearing a digital watch, I have a renewed appreciation for the mechanical beauty.
 

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The fitness aspect is a huge thing for me. I’ve lost over forty pounds over the last year and a half, and exercise every day. I can attribute this directly to the gentle nagging of the Apple Watch.

Other things off the top of my head:
Freeing me from my phone. When I’m wearing the Apple watch, I often don’t care where my phone is. There is a place I visit regularly and socialise. If I’m wearing the AW, I usually leave the phone out in the bike, because as long as I’m in an area with WiFi that I have previously visited with my phone, it works just the same. I don’t have to be that person plonking a cellphone on the table.

Timers when cooking: “Hey Siri, set a timer for thirteen minutes.” Really handy when your hands are full or covered in foodstuff.

Trivia/information. Someone asked me the other day what is the population of the Isle of Wight. A simple lift of the wrist, and my watch told us (literally spoke the information).

Directions. I often ride a motorcycle. I was once sat at a set of lights, with gloves on, and decided I was hungry. I lifted my wrist: “Take me to a Subway”. The watch taps my wrist differently for right turn, left turn, or straight ahead. Five turns later I was at Subway.

Reminders: “Remind me tomorrow to get groceries.” “Remind me when I leave here to bring my computer.” “Remind me next time I’m at Walmart to print the photo.”

Camera: I was once working on my RV, and needed to see if this switch was properly operating the device at the other end of the motor home. I left my phone pointing at it, and used the watch to see what the phone was seeing.

Phone calls. There have been many times when my hands were full, or my phone was out of reach (often in the morning—I don’t take the phone into the bedroom). I can take the call on my watch.

Flashlight. Many times bringing stuff in from the car at night (I live in the middle of nowhere). The flashlight is surprisingly bright and useful.

Texting. Many times, I will receive a text during my workout. I can quickly dictate a reply without disturbing what I’m doing.

Setting the time on my other watches! It’s the most accurate watch I own.

I’m sure I could come up with many more, but you get the idea. I always say that you don’t really realise the utility of these things until you start using one, and from the outside, it’s all too easy to question why.
Thanks for this write-up. I'm not a fitness fan and don't want notifications for emails, calls or messages on my wrist, so I never saw the point of an Apple watch for me. I still won't get one I think, but at least some of the uses you describe actually sound very practical!
 

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I wear my AW gen1 5-6 days a week. If you are interested to read my short story, keep reading.

So I started my watch "journey" 8 months ago.

Already had

- two timex weekender chrono
- 3 weekenders
- tissot trace all black
- Casio world time (ae1200)
- Casio w-800
- Apple watch (which i hated and never wore more than a couple of times a month)

Bought my first automatic, the SKX007. Started to get annoyed how its losing a minute every 2 - 3 days and had no one in my town to regulate it, so I gave it to my lady and she really enjoyed wearing it. Also didn't like the fact that it wasn't handwinding (at the time of buying i knew nothing about automatics and didn't even know handwinding existed)

A few months later bought the srpb07 as the black dial looked gorgeous under showroom lights at the shop. When i got home i realized i like it, didn't love it.

Got a bottle cap seiko with black dial as a gift from my lady which I can't really sell unless we break up :p.

Then bought the seiko baby tuna padi.

Recently I realized the most watches getting wrist time is the AW and the bottlecap seiko. When i travel I alternate between my two casios as I always go to tropical vacations and always by the beach.

As of today I have sold all the watches above except:

- AW gen1 (i will use it until the battery dies as I realized I really enjoy the functions which makes my life alot easier thru out the day)
- Bottlecap seiko (this means alot to me because its the first watch which i got as a gift from my lady and has a ton of sentimental value)
- Casio world time (AE1200)
- Casio W-800H
- 3 weekenders which I don't wear anymore as I gave to my lady to alternate depending what matches her outfit to work.

I am very happy with the watches I have left as I actually use them rather than have a bigger collection not knowing what to wear every morning.

Future plans:

I will keep using the AW until the battery dies then buy another AW, but surely not the latest AW model as I don't want to pay premium.

I don't see myself ever buying an automatic watch unless I know its rare and I can sell it for breakeven or profit.

i am sure many on here have very similar stories.

Cutting down my watch collection from 13 watches to 4 is the best thing I ever did.
 
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My AW has totally taken over when not wearing really feel like I could miss out on a vital notification, which in itself is worrying. If AW could sort out battery life or a way of swapping batteries so I could wear it at night and it would be able to monitor my sleep pattern / quality it would have everything for me.
 

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My AW has totally taken over when not wearing really feel like I could miss out on a vital notification, which in itself is worrying. If AW could sort out battery life or a way of swapping batteries so I could wear it at night and it would be able to monitor my sleep pattern / quality it would have everything for me.
I wear mine 24/7 (or more like 23.5/7). What enabled me to easily wear it all the time was putting the charger next to my couch. The idea is, if I’m just sitting there in the evening, I’m probably also using my laptop and/or just watching TV with my wife. So, I plop the watch onto the charger, and when it’s time to do anything else, it’s juiced up and ready to go.

I wear it every night, too — not for sleep tracking, but to be my alarm clock in the morning. Works better for me than any beeping bedside clock I’ve ever had. And, because I can hardly see without my glasses, it’s nice to be able to hold my watch close to my face and see what time it is (something I learned when I wore regular watches into bed).
 

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I've started wearing mine all the time. It's just too easy to use and the functionality is just fantastic. My mechanicals aren't getting much time lately. The LTE capability was the game changer for me.
 

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I am prospecting switching from regular watches to smartwatches as the functionality provided by them is appealing to me. Mainly I am interesting in the health aspect, as my job is very sedentary. Other than that I am interested in notifications and other apps useful when travelling.

I don't really want to wear a regular watch on my left wrist and a SW on my right. Currently I am wearing my son's Apple Watch Series 3 whenever he doesn't and so far I like it. I got over the always off screen and the limited set of faces.

As for my regular watches, I will sell some of them as many are overlapping. I will probably keep one or two mechanicals for now.
Just be careful with anything that tells you calories burned. People tend to see they burned 300 calories so eat an extra piece of cake, thinking they earned it. I got away from fitness watches and just exercise now. If I feel like exercising for 30 minutes or an hour, I just do it...no reason to track it.

But, I’m sure some people do fine with trackers, that’s just my personal experience.
 

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Just be careful with anything that tells you calories burned. People tend to see they burned 300 calories so eat an extra piece of cake, thinking they earned it. I got away from fitness watches and just exercise now. If I feel like exercising for 30 minutes or an hour, I just do it...no reason to track it.

But, I’m sure some people do fine with trackers, that’s just my personal experience.
For me it’s not necessarily about calories burned but about having something to motivate me move more and sit less. I don’t really analyze the statistics.
 

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I currently own the Apple Watch 3. I wear it M-F. Typically for convenience: emails, txt, notifications, etc. On the weekends (besides going to the gym), I'll enjoy my timepieces! Can't completely switch over.
 

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Have to admit, since receiving the latest Apple watch as a Christmas gift, I find I am wearing all the time. Its just so.... handy! So, my Marathon, Breitling, Ball, and others sit idle.
 

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Have to admit, since receiving the latest Apple watch as a Christmas gift, I find I am wearing all the time. Its just so.... handy! So, my Marathon, Breitling, Ball, and others sit idle.
I kinda wonder now...

Going back 75 years (or more) to post-WWI when wristwatches started to arrive on the scene, did pocketwatch owners make a similar transition, thinking that wristwatches are "just so handy"?

I'm thinking of the current metaphor of smartphone = pocketwatch and smartwatch = wristwatch. It was easier to fit more complications in a pocketwatch (I didn't necessarily mean "cheaper", just "easier") and a wristwatch, by necessity, couldn't do as much. But it was undeniably more convenient.
 

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I kinda wonder now...

Going back 75 years (or more) to post-WWI when wristwatches started to arrive on the scene, did pocketwatch owners make a similar transition, thinking that wristwatches are "just so handy"?

I'm thinking of the current metaphor of smartphone = pocketwatch and smartwatch = wristwatch. It was easier to fit more complications in a pocketwatch (I didn't necessarily mean "cheaper", just "easier") and a wristwatch, by necessity, couldn't do as much. But it was undeniably more convenient.
With the current trend of prices going up on the mechanical watches, it is quite possible we’re in the same sort of situation as post WWI.
 

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I started with a AW2, sold it to get an AW3, sold it for a 4. Truthfully, the 2 and 3 were worn, but not all the time. The 4 I got around Christmas time and it has been my daily wearer ever since. There are several factors that make the 4 a winner in my eyes. The ability to add 8 apps to the watch face. In my case, I have EKG, date,activity “rings” and pulse inside the face, Heart rate, battery level, outside temperature and time in another TZ around the outside the face. Busy, yes, but very easily readable. Most everything that I need right at my fingertips. These are great, but the most important app, if you will, is one that is running in the background. That is the fall detection feature. For those of us that are alone at times, as many elderly folks are, should all think seriously about getting one of these and wear it all the time. And that is not to say that this s just and “old folks” feature. How many times have we read about very physically fit individuals that are running, walking, climbing, etc. that suffer a fall. Some folks spring right back up, but suppose the fall results in a fractured hip or ankle. This feature may well save your life.
I still own a bunch of mechanical watches, which I truly love. I have sold a few but there is a core group that I want to keep. While I seldom wear them, they are there if I want to wear them.


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Maybe I am in the wrong age group (was suggested in another thread, though I don't believe it myself), but why would I want an Apple watch? What's the unique selling point for someone who is not into sports really (except long distance walking, but I don't really care how many steps)? Could it fully replace my GPS that I use for routing and tracking? Is the small display good enough for that?

Besides sports, what is the killer function of a smart watch for you? Except of course showing you the exact time ;)
At first, I thought the Bluetooth version AW was redundant and gimmicky. So I gave it to my wife (who doesn't like regular watches), so she can text, and monitor Facebook in stealth mode at the office. She also uses it for voice calls in the car. But, when the LTE version came out, I ditched my phone and switched mostly to the AW for calls, text, and alerts. So I mainly use it as a communicator, and occasional workout tracker w/ iTunes. But you have to budget your usage so you don't run the battery down. As far as navigation goes, it's a bit lacking with the tiny screen, but does in a pinch. Wouldn't want to use it for heavy navigation. Because of the high battery drain, I check the route, memorize it, and then shut it off. Currently, I wear the AW on my left wrist and rotate my traditional watches on the right wrist. There is nothing like the analog dial to get a quick read of the time! If given a choice between my watch hobby and the iWatch, the mechanicals win! After all, I can always go back to my iPhone. Horologically speaking, the AW is not so appealing. It reminds me of a modern version of the Zenith Futur Time Command watch of the seventies. The design violates most basic watch principles with lack of a bezel, leaving the crystal exposed to damage. The use of soft glass, aluminum case, and funky strap design makes it prone to damage. How many Apples have met an untimely end, because of landing face down while fumbling around fastening that strap?
 
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