Are Traditional Watches Going Extinct?
Do you love having a classic mechanical watch? If so, there is an on-going discussion on whether or not traditional watches will go extinct in favor of smartwatches. In fact, there are even some watchmaking companies that would lecture people on the horological value of a timepiece just to entice people to buy from them.
True enough, smartwatches are quite new and novel and people actually want that. However, there are also groups of people that would prefer to go for the traditional route as well. As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.
Are Traditional Watches Really Going Extinct?
To put it simply, the answer to the question is no, at least, in the foreseeable future. Let me explain.
When Apple released its earnings from Apple Watches, it certainly is up there. In fact, it even trumped some popular watchmaking brands like Rolex and Tag Heuer, to name a few.
Although that would seem to be the case and it spurred fears that traditional watches will go extinct, I believe that it will be here to stay.
The reason why traditional watches will not go anywhere is that although smartwatches have plenty of features that you normally find in a mechanical watch, for example, they are in their own niche.
Sure, you can track your steps, your sleeping patterns, and even make text messages and calls directly from the watch itself, but smartwatches do come with their own downsides as well.
Smartwatches Are in Its Own Niche
Some people say that a smartwatch is just an extension of a smartphone and that is actually somewhat true. You could also say that it is just a toned-down version of the latter as well.
That being said, smartwatches are on a niche of its own. When Tim Cook introduced the first iteration of the Apple Watch, he said that it is a fitness companion aside from helping you tell the time.
What that means is that an Apple Watch, no matter how amazing its feature set can be, is only perfectly suited for active people. When it comes to style? It is okay, but can it go toe to toe with a skeleton watch in terms of design and craftsmanship? I don’t think so.
Traditional Watches Are Here to Stay
Fears of traditional watches getting extinct are unfounded. Sure, Apple may have trumped other watchmaking companies in terms of earnings, but there is so much horological value in classic timepieces more than smartwatches have.
And, despite the fact that a smartwatch comes with new technologies, people are going to buy new versions in a couple of years anyway.
With a luxury watch from Rolex, for instance, it can become a true collector’s piece or even an heirloom that you can hand down to your grandchildren.
Do not worry too much about the classics since they are here to stay for a couple more decades. We may never be too sure if it will stay, but in the meantime, it will.