Anyone besides me appreciating a good mechanical now that AW is released?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by seamor0512, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. seamor0512 macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    I know I am going to get some flames for this, and that's fine. I have not received my watch yet, I was 10 minutes late to the party, 6 of those were spent trying to refresh the apple store. Anyways, I own multiple dumb watches, and do a lot of travel. Usually, the thing I notice most is a nice watch when I look at strangers. I can appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship. It's a personal accessory that each user decides for themselves. I never really gave much thought to the whole watch face being blank the majority of it's use. The more I think about, when I see an Apple Watch..doesn't matter if it's gold, ss or I really going to think..nice..blank lcd screen on your wrist. I don't know, historically I have always had the latest gadget on the block because I enjoy learning new technology's, but this one is / has lost it's luster quite quickly and I haven't even touched the device. Professional and user reviews are painting this in a light I didn't see coming, the people jumping up and down over it mostly seem young, which isn't what I was going after.
  2. jediuia macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014

    so don't get one...

    I know I just blew your mind, didn't realize that was a choice?
  3. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2013
    It's always good to listen to others and not do your own research. The watch is not for you. You have too many unrealistic expectations and will be disappointed in it.

    I, however, knew exactly what I was getting and what I wanted and find the watch to be absolutely fabulous. Could never go back to a mechanical or dumb digital watch. This is my fourth day of using it and with each day I enjoy it more and more.

    Just remember, this watch is not for you. Don't let anyone try to talk you into it.
  4. GrumpyMom macrumors 603


    Sep 11, 2014
    I've been very enthusiastic about my Apple Watch here on the boards. I'm 48. Proud to be an old bat. :D

    Well, you should by now have some idea what you want it for. Read the boards and see if it does those things well. (I'd be wary of the reviews, a lot of them are poorly executed.) If so, get one. If not, sit it out this time. Simple as that. And even if you make a mistake and dislike it after you get it, you have 14 days in which to return it.
  5. seamor0512 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    well I'm keeping my order in since ill have 2 weeks to decide that for myself. Really wasn't what I was getting at, just wondering if the screen being off most of the time is making others appreciate mechanicals more. I guess when they said it's a very personal device, they meant that only you can enjoy it's beauty? I get that some of the features help make lives a little easier, and that's cool, but it was marketed as a watch was it not? A luxury time piece, I'm failing to see that aspect.
  6. LoftyHammond macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I never really expected the Apple Watch to replace my Panrai or Rolex. When I first went to try it on, I was unimpressed by the weight and build, but then I noticed that I actually had a watch to take off at the store. The way I see it, most of the people getting the Apple Watch are either first time watch wearer, or have yet to actually experience a real wrist watch.

    Not trying to sound like a snob, but I'll always appreciate a mechanical watch to any smart watch. The engineering and detail that goes into making the movements for these watches outweighs any software coding or technological advance that goes into smart watches or tech. Hell, a mechanical Seiko gets more appreciation from me than the Apple Watch. But then again, I've been a watch guy since the start, and I got hooked on watches early. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to experience nice, mechanical watches like Rolexes. And even sadder, some of those who do not appreciate the watches for what went into making them.

    And like you, I was late to the party (but by a few days not minutes). My friend already got one, and said that he forgot about his Armani Watch. I know for a fact I won't forget about my Panerai or Rolex.
  7. Mavis Dracula macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2015
    Are you enjoying not getting notifications on your watch when a new message comes in? lol

    I love the watch, but it's not working right!
  8. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    Right there with you. I've got a nice mechanical watch. Had it for about six or seven years. It was something I bought myself after a good year and a nice bonus from work. Nothing really fancy; Hamilton goes for about $800 these days. But I bought it for a reason and it has worked great and worn every day (and nearly every minute) since I bought it. I think it looks great. Frankly the link bracelet on the SS does not look nearly as good as the band on my watch. But that is personal opinion. And for something that I wear every day (and night) my opinion counts for a lot.

    So I'm a bit sad that my watch's days are numbered. I've got a June delivery date of an SS. Based on the reviews and my own tech inclinations, the Apple Watch is going to work very well for me. So this is the end of my Hamilton. I may end of breaking out the Hamilton for special occasions. But I don't know if I will. Those special occasions are precisely the times when I don't want to be seen checking my iPhone.

    Yes, I can simply cancel my SS order and not wear an Apple Watch. But my point is that this moment is a double edged sword. I suspect the Apple Watch utility will be great and very compelling. But it will replace something I really like. The sword (with two edges) cuts both way. I think it is fair to acknowledge this. Ivy tried to get this point across in some interviews. My Hamilton is something I really like. I suspect I will like my SS Watch more. That is great. But this is different from when I bought an iPad and compared it to my Kindle. Or the transition from my regular cell phone to a Blackberry (I never looked back on that one though my Blackberry was marginally bigger than my cellphone, still I didn't have any pangs of regret on that change.)
  9. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2013
    I get them just fine.
  10. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    I'm in total agreement with the OP, and was the very reason that I've just sold my Apple Watch for a tidy profit.

    The AW was decent, the Sports didn't look as good as I'd hoped and I refused to spend SS money. looking down and seeing a black lump on my wrist didn't fill me with joy, and often took a few deliberate flicks of the wrist for the screen to come on. Honestly, I also felt a little embarrased at work, like I was wearing a toy on my wrist. This was compounded by the fact that I had to roll my sleeves up, as I was having a hard time (no pun) seeing the watch/getting it to come on with my sleeves down.

    I'm back to my Raymond Weil watch, a watch I'm very sentimental about (joint 30th/wedding gift from my wife) with beautiful mechanics, SS and a sapphire screen/back.

    It sounds to me like you're undecided about the watch, like I was, and you should definitely try it for a few days, but I suspect you'll return it or sell it :)
  11. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    As I said some time ago.

    An art gallery, full of the works of old master painters.

    Or an art gallery full of plasma screens in picture frames.

    Some could say, why bother with the paintings, just put TV screens up and save all the trouble....... :D

    Some could say burn all the old books and put them on kindles.

    Some just don't seem to get it do they?
  12. telefono macrumors 6502


    Dec 17, 2007
    I also appreciate good mechanical watches and i mean really good mechanical watches.

    I can't wait to get my Apple Watch and don't mind technology married to a watch and Apple seems to have a great start and can't wait for every new model they come up with from now on.

    Like I said I'm well aware of a beating heart in a really good mechanical watch but all the negativity from people like us (watch nuts) should be toned down. Watch forums that I regularly visit think the Apple Watch is the worst invention ever..........WHY! If any watch nut out there has no interest in the Apple Watch its very simple........dont think about it. The Swiss Watch industry won't die, I will keep just one of my Mechanical watches and sell the rest, actually I started selling them already. Its great to have another choice now and I thank apple for creating the Apple Watch.

    I will still continue appreciating mechanical watches but will wear an Apple Watch 99 % of the time from now on.......entirely my choice.
  13. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Anyone besides me appreciating a good mechanical now that AW is released?

    Choices people! You can't possibly think one product will satisfy the appetite of all man kind, can you? Some will love it, and others don't. Nothing is stopping you from owning multiple watches too. Unlike your wife/husband, you can have more than one and love them unequally ;)
  14. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    I wanted to post a thread in a similar vein. I am however still excited about receiving my Apple Watch and think it'll be quite handy.
    That being said, all this fuss about watches and subsequent research into them, has made me appreciate a traditional mechanical. I do think after a few months I'll upgrade the Apple Watch to a nice mechanical, the trouble is the ones I'm looking at are quite expensive.
  15. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010

  16. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Mmmmm $200,000 Hublot 48mm King Power Tourbillon or $17,000 Apple Watch Edition...

    Decisions, decisions, decisions.
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    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015

    OllyW Moderator


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    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I like this Shinola advert run in the UK papers on Friday. :D

  18. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2015
    I have worn a mechanical watch for the majority of my life and have always admired the precision and detail that accompanies any timepiece. I also cannot remember the last time I looked down at my watch and didn't have to stop and admire the complexity that must be involved in additional features such as a chronograph complication or a AM/PM indicator.

    That being said, in my personal opinion I believe that these smart watches do provide an insight into the recent development of technology where a small computer can reside in a 38mm casing that is capable of so much. Even the battery technology involved in this device is astounding, how such a small battery can power this computer for 18 hours is beyond me.

    I have ordered an Apple Watch and I look forward to receiving it (whenever it does decide to come). Using the Apple watch will not derogate from the traditional mechanical Watch any more than a day-to-day family car would derogate from your weekend car.

    Just my opinion.
  19. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Yep, the vacant stare of the blank face is depressing, IMHO.

    And to think: All that work that went into crafting vivid display panels and wonderful UIs, only to have everyone else think you've somehow got a (burnt) cafe noir cookie stuck on your sleeve! :)

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  20. pcsguy88 macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2015
    I do not get the blank face look either. What's the point of wearing a watch that has nothing on it? Hopefully Apple copies the low energy mode always on face of Android watches soon considering my zenwatch displays hands on the face 24hrs a day with no battery problems. It's a watch. It should always show the time. Period.
  21. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I think many were expecting way more that the AW will be able to deliver. I still enjoy my iphone and do not mind using it. Maybe in 2-3 years the AW will be way more relavent.
  22. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I agree, you don't have to get one. Cancel your order.

    I'm not jumping up and down for the watch and I don't fit into the young category anymore but I think it is a great little device after using it for a couple days. I personally don't need to know what time it is at every little moment so wearing a watch is a novelty in that regard. But the ability to play and control my music through it, quick glance at my email in the morning, step counting, workout tracking and similar fitness features are what I like about it.
  23. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    When it completely replaces the phone will be what sways me.

    But that's a long way off: Battery technology, cellphone technology (in the towers as well as the phone) and non-visual UIs all need to make leaps.


    I think a lot depends on your lifestyle. The was a picture in here yesterday of an urban skateboarder wearing a watch. That application made perfect sense to me. Between not wanting to get your phone out while traveling at speed and needing to make many quick interactions with the watch, it just seemed like a perfect application.

    Maybe if I get a skateboard? Probably better bump up my life insurance cover and medical insurance too, while I'm at it :)
  24. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I'm not getting a skateboard. But honestly, from reading reactions here, people seem to look at their phones way more than I do. I tend not to look at my phone very much which means that I may miss a text message and as far as my email, it depends. When I'm working, I may miss a personal email that I should address. Now with having the watch, I can quick glance stuff which is nice.
  25. specik macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    I totally understand the appreciation for mechanical timepieces that people have on this thread. However, there are some broad generalizations going on when it comes to the "type of person" that wears Apple Watch.

    To say that Apple Watch only appeals to those that have never worn a "real" wrist watch is a sweepingly untrue statement. I've worn wrist watches for as long as I can remember. Mind you, I'm 28, so perhaps my experience with wrist watches is more limited than others.

    In general though, I dislike gaudy, flashy timepieces. Maybe it's because I'm a minimalist and tend to like the purest and simplest of designs. Pieces like the Avant Pure Black, or the Uniform Wares 104. Most recently, I've been wearing the Nixon Newton. My Apple Watch is a 42mm Space Gray with Black sport band. I found it to be the simplest, most minimal, non-flashy model of the lot.

    While I can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into creating some of these watches, I think I have more respect for the engineering that went into Apple Watch. Perhaps it's because I'm a software engineer myself. To me, the Apple Watch is a minimalist device that puts the world on the wrist, just like the iPhone put the world in your pocket. The fact that the screen is off unless you're looking at it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I don't want or care for people to be scoping out what watch face I chose or which complications I'm using.

    If you're wearing Apple Watch and are upset because the screen is off when you're not looking at it, and therefore can't show off your watch face to strangers, then I think your priorities are a bit out of order.

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