I've read all over the internet that the Apple watch will be obsolete in similar life cycles as the iPhone. Here is why the Apple watch won't go obsolete: If it tells time, that's all it needs to do to compete with any precious watch. A new battery, like any other watch, will restore it's value. Status + Time Keeping = A Good Watch. If you offer someone an iPhone 1 or a rotary phone, they'll pick the iPhone and both at this point in time are only good for a phone call in most people's minds. The Apple Watch, like any other watch, just needs to keep telling time and it will forever compete with any other watch. Especially when its made of a precious material.