Apple Watch vs Regular One

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ParaShot, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. ParaShot macrumors member

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    Hey. Just want to ask how often do you use your regular watches compared to your Apple Watch. Personally, I got used to recieve my notifications on my wrist so that I’m not checking my phone often which is pretty comfortable I think. But because of that I don’t want to wear my normal watches but those ones are cool to wear too.

    How do you choose your watches? Or how often do you change your watches?
     
  2. D3ggy macrumors newbie

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    The only time I wear a regular watch is when I go to a 1940s event or a function where a dress watch looks right.

    Other than that why would you?
     
  3. ParaShot thread starter macrumors member

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    That’s what I also think but sometimes I see an image on Instagram and get that emotion like regular ones are pretty cool too :D.
     
  4. D3ggy macrumors newbie

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    I love watches and have a collection. Still look in jewellers windows at them but resist the temptation of buying any more. My Omega Speedmaster reduces is my favourite proper watch.
     
  5. Keniutek macrumors 6502

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    If i wasn't "addicted to closing the rings" i would never wear AW. I miss my regular watches and wear them as much and as often as i can. I wish someone came up with a ring or a tiny fitness bracelet.
     
  6. ParaShot thread starter macrumors member

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    Closing rings one of my main reasons to wear AW. I know how you feel. That’s why I want to know how people go back to their normal watches:D
     
  7. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    How often? The moment I got my AW I never took it off. Going on 1 year 7 months now. I wear it sleeping and all day. It charges when I shower and at work if I need.

    I took the bands off my other two watches (normal) and tried to adapt them to the Apple Watch but wasn't happy with the results. That and, I've had to replace two watch batteries in my normal watches just for sentimental value. It is fun to see them lose time over the passing days.

    The ability to get call notifications, information about the weather, and accurate time at the raising of my wrist means I will never go back to a normal watch.

    During work travels last 1.5 years, it was amusing to watch people constantly change their normal watches over and over and over while mine was always 100% correct regardless of which state/country (flew to 2 countries and 10+ states with 3 different timezones).

    Carrot Weather is a must with the Apple Watch. Costs a little but it is nice.

    One big thing for me? I can wear the Apple Watch with a sports loop and type ... all day long (I work on a computer). Every other watch I've had, I've had to take it off when I type. I think that's a big factor too.

    Get a few bands for your Apple Watch - don't cheap out. I've got a formal band, two sports loops, and the band the Apple Watch came with. It is nice to swap them out now and then. :)
     
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    My Rolex and wife's have been sitting in closet for 4 years collecting dust. My parents' Rolex in closet for past 2-3 years. My other two brothers' traditional watches also collecting dust.

    Swiss is indeed in trouble.
     
  10. ParaShot thread starter macrumors member

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    That’s what I fear most. My parents got me a watch for graduation present. But I love my AW. But I don’t want the other one sitting in my closet for a long time...
     
  11. Thai macrumors 65816

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    I am sure that by the time you have kids and they grow up, the traditional watch will be a "cool" thing to have......so, don't worry. :D
     
  12. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

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    So the 6 people in your family not wearing traditional watches shows that the Swiss watch industry is in trouble?
     
  13. Thai macrumors 65816

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    No. Statistics of Swiss sales. But yeah, my family is part of the problem for Swiss. We all were big Swiss fans until about 4 years ago.
     
  14. ParaShot thread starter macrumors member

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    Haha! I hope so because I don’t want my parents to get mad at me. But also I want to wear that watch because it looks so cool. They say they paid so much but I know what they want to say:D. But I will keep it until not smart waches become cool again!
     
  15. mdjasrie macrumors member

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    I have a Tissot Visodate automatic watch that I bought for myself many years ago. Splurged on it when I received my first paycheck from my first full time job just after graduation. It has sentimental value and means a lot to me. I do wear it from time to time to look and feel different or when the occasion calls for it. So I guess traditional watches still continues to be relevant if people continue to value and appreciate meticulously hand crafted items.
     
  16. Thai macrumors 65816

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    May i ask what they got you?
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    While true...the big question is....and the most important...will people CONTINUE to buy one? Sure, you have the one from before Apple Watch......but how many of us buy more in the future?

    For my family (and extended family), i don’t see us buying a traditional watch in the future. We still have the old ones. One of my brother did buy a cool Seiko watch...but he had a crappy Android Wear watch.

    Even to special occasions, my wife and i still wear our Apple Watches! I may change the band on my Watch but Rolexes stay in closet.
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    Good article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-01/swiss-watch-industry-faces-signs-of-stagnation

    Swiss made some recovery in late 2017 and first half of 2018...but then declined...and decline a lot once Series 4 came out...coincidence?? I don’t know.
     
  17. ParaShot thread starter macrumors member

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    Not a big big one actually. One of Tissot Chrono XL Classic.

    Like @mdjasrie said. They got me for graduating from university. It means so much for me and I think even more for them. So I will keep it whereever I go and wear It time to time to keep that value alive. I don’t see myself in the future buying classic watches just because smart ones are really fit me and I want to get every new one likewise the new iPhones.
     
  18. mdjasrie macrumors member

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    And don’t forget mechanical watches are practically forever (so long as it is not grossly neglected). Like the slogan used by Patek Philippe; “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”
     
  19. ParaShot thread starter macrumors member

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    I really felt that quote haha! Maybe one day I could buy one of bigger brands like Patek philippe or Rolex then I can see the difference.
     
  20. Thai macrumors 65816

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    Sure, forever..........but at what COST??

    Rolex servicing is now around $800-1000 for simple servicing. Patek...geez, i cannot even fathom how much that will set you back!!

    Tissot? Sure, you can probably take it to local watchmaker...around $300-500 every 3-5 years (depending on manufacturer's recommendation).

    Technically speaking, how different is that from buying a new Apple Watch every 3-5 years and get a brand new model with new features?

    Yes, high end mechanicals have nice tradition, heritage, and sentimental values. But it is NEVER a low maintenance piece of jewelry.
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    https://www.patek.com/en/retail-service/services/service-costs

    Basic is $1000. Any complication on watch...well, just dump at least $1800-2300 out of your wallet!! And you do this every 5 years.

    And of course, if you wait too long and have broken parts.........you pay.........wait for this..........$6000: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f381/patek-philippe-servicing-costs-1046045.html
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    I wrote this post long time ago but still applies today:


    A good traditional mechanical watch vs. Apple Watch value.

    Traditional mechanical watch needs to be service every 5 years (on average...most sooner, but i assume the best here in favor of mechanical) at a cost of around $500. (Rolex charges $800+ last i had done. Omega charges around $500+. Others little less.) Traditional mechanical watch initially costs around $2000 for a good one with decent quality mechanical movement.

    Apple Watch has a lifespan of 3 years...Apple generally supports their devices to 3-5 years, but i assume the worst here. New Apple Watch costs $400 (on average).

    Keep wearing it for 30 years.

    Traditional watch in 30 years costs you = $3000 of servicing + $2000 of initial cost = $5000.

    Apple Watch if you buy new every 3 yrs = $4000 + $400 of initial purchase = $4400.

    Now, if you own an Omega or Rolex or any higher end Swiss, then cost of ownership is much higher. If you own a cheap mechanical watch, then costs will be lower. Same for Apple Watch depending on which model you buy.
     
  21. mdjasrie macrumors member

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    @Thai

    That is all true, and there is no denying that owning a mechanical watch is not for everyone due to its cost and the cost of maintenance. But it’s not all about dollars and cents. There are some things you can’t just slap dollar signs to it. Take for example a parents’ graduation gift for their child who bought for him or her a fine mechanical Swiss made watch. Many years from now, his or her parents have pass on from this life, at least he or she have something to remember by.

    Or me for example. The watch that I bought for myself is a constant reminder that I have completed my formal education and that I am finally out there in the real world earning a living for myself, and to never never forget the struggles I have to go through to get to where I am right now.

    An Apple Watch on the other hand, yes we can upgrade every three years or so. It has vastly more functions than a regular watch, tracking your sleep, keeping you healthy etc. Vastly more valuable on a day to day basis. But it is still something you wear for three years and you move on with a better model. Like a plastic bag at it’s end of its useful life. You throw and you forget. It has no meaning.

    For me a mechanical watch is not something I splurge on. I don’t buy to impress. I buy as markers for the different stages of my life, the past, present and the future.
     
  22. Thai, Jun 2, 2019
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    Very true. Thus, i am not letting go of my Rolex Turn-o-Graph because i got that when i got married.

    But how often do we buy for sentimental values? To be honest, i now spend on other things for sentimental value purchase...because the cost of ownership for something that i rarely wear is painful. I am sure that when my Rolex is used again, the servicing bills will be astronomical!
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    Found the link: http://watchguy.co.uk/if-you-thought-of-buying-a-patek-philippe/

    Now, imagine your kid having been given a vintage Patek that you bought when you were young.....and then having to shell out nearly $7000 (USD) to restore it. It better be a BIG sentimental value to spend $7000! :D
     
  23. ivanwi11iams Contributor

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    The problem I have is that I own around 6 Invicta watches.
    So, from time to time, I like to switch between my Apple Watch, and my Invicta watches. However, when wearing the Invicta, I do miss notifications.

    Alas, for the past two weeks, I have not worn my Apple Watch...
     
  24. bambooshots macrumors 65816

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    I haven’t worn my ArmorLite or Seiko since I got the original Apple Watch three years ago.
     
  25. ParaShot thread starter macrumors member

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    I think i can easily say that recieving notifications on my wrist one of the biggest point for me to have an AW. That’s why I don’t want to leave it. But as I said above classic watches are like memories and valuable so I don’t want them to get dusty and leave it in the closet.
     

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