would you wear BOTH apple watch and a traditional watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by renault4, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. renault4 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    while I dont want to fuel the "one watch to rule them all" debate :) I am in the position where I have a minor investment in a collection of quality mechanical watches, where my choice is more for design and elegance than necessarily function or complexity of function (I tend to have little need for a tachometer-slide rule these days!).

    Watching with interest the emergence of the apple watch, one thing that strikes me is the extent to which it is as much targeted at the "quantified self" market as the watch market--ie the world of the fitbit, etc. I do wear and use a fitbit and indeed a separate heart rate monitor, so given where the apple watch is going, it seems highly logical that I would replace the fitbit.

    However I am still less inclined to want to replace my Tags or Tissots, though.

    So I find myself asking why not wear both? I wear a watch on my left hand and a fitbit band on my right now, so why not just replace the fitbit, and use it for all the non-watch functions it brings?


  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why wear two watches :confused:
    I'm not understanding the logic. I think you can get rid of the fitbit and use the apple watch
  3. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I have a nice collection of Seiko divers but would not wear one as well as an apple watch.
  4. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Personally I'd see this as only really a realistic idea if the health/fitness model was some thin strap, and to be honest, I like the idea of that.

    Something thin, light, lasts for absolutely AGES on a battery and you just wear it always, never take it off, forget it's there.

    It sends data to the phone, all you want.
    I could see that as being reasonable practical.

    Actually wearing two devices that both look like watches, I can't really see as a idea many would go for.
  5. Tycho24, Feb 11, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015

    Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
    Never ever.
    I'd beat my own self up if I ever saw me wearing one watch on each arm.

    I'd literally rather be kicked in between my legs repeatedly for hours on end than do something so tacky.

    Edit: perhaps "figuratively" would be more honest
  6. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Do whatever makes you happy! If you want to wear 2-3 watches at once, ****ing do it! That's nobody's concern other than your own! Go for it! Wear two watches!
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    You're going to look like a tool wearing both so just wear the :apple: Watch during the day and your Rolex/Patek/etc. at special occasions (when you should be interacting with actual people and not your watch).
  8. dylman, Feb 11, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015

    dylman macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2014
    If I decided to wear two watches at once my entire life would be consumed by ensuring both were exactly in sync. I can do without that torture, thanks.

    Plus the incessant mocking from everyone I came into contact with doesn't appeal either.
  9. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    You say that you buy your nice watches for the design and elegance, wearing two watches would not be elegant at all. So especially from a fashion perspective you'd look really dumb with two watches on.
  10. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Perhaps there is something else, the same diameter as your wrist you could wrap the second watch around!

  11. Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
    Like a narrow ankle??
    I was thinking the same thing. ;0)
  12. Corsig macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    I completely get what the OP is saying. I've been asking myself the samething for months because I have a Fitbit which I have tracked all my stats for about 1.5 years. I'm not sure how the Healthkit App will be for my needs compared to how much I'm used to the FB app.

    I was thinking of wearing the Apple Watch on my left and the Fitbit on the right until I can see how both stats compare
  13. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    You should have custom bands made so you can wear them together:

    Very short straps with Apple Watch connector on one end, and regular watch lug on the other.

    Then wear the two watches strapped together with one on top facing up and one on bottom facing down. Then you just need to twist your wrist to see whichever one you want. Plus you can rotate them to opposite positions at will.

    __ regular watch
    ( ) bands
    --- Apple watch

    If you're lucky, few will notice :)
  14. al256 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2001
    No but if I was traveling for an extended period of time, I would keep a traditional watch with me for those times when it wouldn't be useful to have the Apple Watch on. E.g. driving all night, long flights or etc.
  15. Donoban macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2013
    Two watches on the same arm/wrist. That would be totally fine man, trust me, you won't look like a tool. ;)
  16. nj1266 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2012
    Long Beach, CA
    If you want a traditional watch that doubles as a tracker, then there is only one option currently on the market and that is the Withings Activite .

    I too have a fitbit flex. But today I got my activite in the mail and I love it. Elegant design and tracks your activity. The big bonus for me is the 8 months battery life and the watch is water resistant.

    It does everything that my Flex does w/o me having to charge it every 4-5 days. Really the best of both worlds. Imo all the other traditional watch makers should follow this approach.
  17. yegon, Mar 3, 2015
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  18. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    I like you're mindset. I definitely have no need for two watches but your insight is refreshing. :)
  19. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    100% agree. Something simple like a Jawbone UP looks fine with an analog watch. But an Apple watch would look odd.

    Having said that, if enough people wear both, it would gradually become less remarkable. Remember the old "Who'd take photos with an iPad?" (Answer: More than you'd think.)

    Nevertheless, it would still seem pointlessly redundant wearing a classic analog when the Apple watch duplicates all of its functions and more.
  20. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    I'm with this guy right here.

    Do what you like, and don't apologize for it. Madonna talked in some interview recently about how society thinks women above a certain age shouldn't dress, move, act in a certain way - she sure as hell didn't listen... :p

    Personally, I might consider wearing two watches - not at the SAME TIME though, but I would consider switch between an :apple:Watch and say, a nice, stylish and not overly gaudy mechanical timepiece depending on the occasion - assuming I was rich enough to buy both, which I'm not. Heh.

    So I'll pick the :apple:Watch, and stick with that.
  21. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    I am going to wear 2 (Garmin 620) during cardio (running, biking and indoor machines) activities for a while. I can get more metrics and probably more accurate info (like HR) from my Garmin. After a while I hope to go just :apple:Watch.

    Of course this will only be during the activity and will just have the :apple:Watch the rest of the time. So it is somewhat NA to the OP.
  22. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    No, once I went smartwatch, there was no going back to regular watches.
  23. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Wear both on the same wrist. Now THAT is cool. :cool:
  24. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    That's what I suspect.

    This is quite a dilemma. I have a very nice automatic watch which has been through a lot with me the past 25 years. I'm quite attached to it. Not ready to just toss it in a drawer and forget about it.

    I might just sit out version 1. Wait and see if Apple comes up with a cheap plastic (2c) version for $100. Just use that for the gym, etc.


    I've actually tried that. They clink together and scratch each other. Also nip your skin, impair wrist mobility and pull out arm hair!

    I think they're best kept apart.
  25. Torq macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

    As a fitness band that didn't look like a watch, I'd have been all over it (I wear a FitBit Charge HR with my normal watches). But unless, in person, it looks a lot less watch-like than it does in pictures, I'll have to pass.

    I'm not giving up my collection of swiss tool-watches and more exotic pieces for a gaudy monstrosity.

    Ive should have gone with a band, buried flexible batteries in it (and solved the battery life problem that way), and made it open to people who do wear watches as a matter of course.

    Some of the amateur renders of a band-style device were gorgeous.

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