Smartwatches

Will smartwatches become the norm and will other watches survive? Will smartwatches be collectable or are they already? Just thinking aloud. 馃檮

As far as mechanical watches going the way of the dodo, I can鈥檛 say. I don鈥檛 see smart watches becoming collectable, though. They rely too much on software and are updated/upgraded too often鈥攚hich quickly renders them obsolete, essentially making them disposable and without any sort of value retention. It鈥檚 like any other computer in that way, and I can鈥檛 see them becoming any more collectable than my old Dell from 2004.聽

Great questions!

I have some funny, talking-straight-out-of-my-butt musing below:

  • According to this site, more than 130M Apple watches have been sold to-date, and that figure would seem to indicate that smartwatches have, indeed, become the norm: 聽https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/how-many-apple-watches-sold-3801687/
  • Will they ever become collectible? 聽I sincerely doubt in the same way that mechanical watches are. 聽It seems that for something to become collectible, it has to lose all its real world usefulness before people start treating it as some "soulful" object. 聽Take vinyl, for example. 聽Only once nobody in their right mind would consider vinyl "useful" anymore, and it's become completely anachronistic, does it then become collectible. 聽I suspect because it's completely useless, in a sense, does it then become about signaling how "soulful" you are to have vinyl. 聽Watches are the same, yeah? 聽If everyone is wearing a mechanical watch to tell the time, then us enthusiasts can't signal to others how cool we are by collecting watches. 聽We'd just be weirdos with a bunch of watches. 聽People would look at us and say, "Dude, why do you have some many watches? 聽Like, do you also collect hair dryers? 聽Or blenders? 聽Or toaster ovens?" 聽But, once mechanical watches are completely anachronistic and useless, then wearing a mechanical watch signals to others that you see the beauty in the artistry of mechanical movements - we're all poets deep down inside
  • Meanwhile, wearable digital devices will only grow in usefulness in the future, yeah? 聽And so long as they're useful, they'll be like hair dryers - it'd be weird to collect them
OlDirtyBezel

As far as mechanical watches going the way of the dodo, I can鈥檛 say. I don鈥檛 see smart watches becoming collectable, though. They rely too much on software and are updated/upgraded too often鈥攚hich quickly renders them obsolete, essentially making them disposable and without any sort of value retention. It鈥檚 like any other computer in that way, and I can鈥檛 see them becoming any more collectable than my old Dell from 2004.聽

Exactly! I have a number of obsolete smart phones, and there doesn't seem to be a vintage cell phone market. 馃槀 Since smart watches rely on the same planned obsolescence business model employed in driving computer and smart phone sales, I can't see them becoming collectible in the same way other watches are. A WWII era Bulova Hack has the same design and function as a 2021 Bulova Hack.

This is not to say there have been no advances in mechanical watches, but the advances don't render earlier models obsolete.聽

I have an Apple Watch. 聽I love it, but it's disposable. 聽I'll replace it as soon as a better version comes out. 聽I don't even consider it part of my watch collection even though I wear it just as much as any other watch I have. 聽I personally don't think they're collectable at all (IMHO).

Lots of people that have an Apple Watch also wear mechanical watches too. 聽 However, I do know some folks that gave up mechanical watches for good, and only wear an Apple Watch now.

smartwatch are like phone from my opinion. it is useful for me to do sport activity ( for me is cycling ). but it is not collectible and means to be disposable. but the silver lining is im collecting mechanical watch after my apple watch got broken after 2 years. nowadays im using other chinese smartwatch to do heart rate monitoring for cycling and its does the job same way

The simple amswer 聽to the op 聽question is NO!

@Omeganut nailed it with the comparison to vinyl in my mind. There will always be a part of the population that likes the "old" way. I also think there will always be a segment of the population that doesn't bother with smart watches. It's just another device to have to worry about charging, and another tether to your phone, email, etc..聽

Hell, even safety razors and straight razors are popular these days because there are enough of us that prefer the old way of shaving, as compared to cans of gel, and 26 blade disposable razor heads.聽

HotWatchChick69

Great questions!

I have some funny, talking-straight-out-of-my-butt musing below:

  • According to this site, more than 130M Apple watches have been sold to-date, and that figure would seem to indicate that smartwatches have, indeed, become the norm: 聽https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/how-many-apple-watches-sold-3801687/
  • Will they ever become collectible? 聽I sincerely doubt in the same way that mechanical watches are. 聽It seems that for something to become collectible, it has to lose all its real world usefulness before people start treating it as some "soulful" object. 聽Take vinyl, for example. 聽Only once nobody in their right mind would consider vinyl "useful" anymore, and it's become completely anachronistic, does it then become collectible. 聽I suspect because it's completely useless, in a sense, does it then become about signaling how "soulful" you are to have vinyl. 聽Watches are the same, yeah? 聽If everyone is wearing a mechanical watch to tell the time, then us enthusiasts can't signal to others how cool we are by collecting watches. 聽We'd just be weirdos with a bunch of watches. 聽People would look at us and say, "Dude, why do you have some many watches? 聽Like, do you also collect hair dryers? 聽Or blenders? 聽Or toaster ovens?" 聽But, once mechanical watches are completely anachronistic and useless, then wearing a mechanical watch signals to others that you see the beauty in the artistry of mechanical movements - we're all poets deep down inside
  • Meanwhile, wearable digital devices will only grow in usefulness in the future, yeah? 聽And so long as they're useful, they'll be like hair dryers - it'd be weird to collect them

I have over 3000 LPs, all classical, there is no digital steaming service that can beat my collection. All my LPs are well cared for and listened to daily. There is a certain warmth in the way they sound, you have to experience it. Would I collect rock/pop/hip hop in vinyl? Hell no! I would stream it, and I listen to it only when I workout. I buy watches for the art, the craftsmanship, engineering, elegance. If I need to tell time I have a cellphone, or computer screen. Wearable digital wearable devices collect data for apple, Garmin and Google and sold to 3rd party. I would not wear one, forget collecting them.

It鈥檚 been said already, but the inevitable obsolescence of smart watches prompting users to buy a new version every few years was the nail in the coffin for me. I actually had one for a few years, and I enjoyed being able to track workouts, but ultimately the time it took away from me wearing my mechanical watches and the fact that it really didn鈥檛 change my workouts is what prompted me to sell it recently. Now I enjoy my mechanical watch rotation like I always planned to do, and one less item buzzing at me as certainly been a positive change in my life!

As many said, smart watches are tools that get replaced once they lose their usefulness. Watches are jewelry, they may go in and out of fashion in the future but I think there will always be a group of people who will cherish them.

Another inherent difference that makes smartwatches fundamentally different is that they are a node within a larger system. They require this larger network for their functions and purpose. A true watch is independent and self contained (ok lets not get into multiband 6 or radio controlled, but those watches CAN also be independent)

When you buy a smart watch, you plan on buying the newer one next year because it becomes outdated and considered bad. When you buy a real watch, it's you don't consider buying next year's one because it's timeless and can last forever... maybe if you bought the heremes Apple watch but even that can't retain value to the buyer or the market.

Watches may become something more akin to jewelry. Worn more for aesthetics than its particular function. This is probably why MVMT are doing so well at the moment as they fit the younger Instagram generation.

Just an observation, but in my workplace of 30 people there is only me and one other guy who wear a mechanical watch. Everyone else wears a smart watch.

foghorn

The simple amswer 聽to the op 聽question is NO!

Yup. 聽No.

There will be those who need a piece of technology for everything. Although I do hope for a future where mechanical watches reign supreme!

Personally don't like them but people will continue to use them. Purchasing a luxury smartwatch from Tag Heuer or Hublot is probably the worst purchase anyone can make. Might as well just set your money on fire.