Smart vs Mechanical

As a huge tech nerd, making the choice between a smartwatch and a mechanical watch should be easy. Turns out that’s not the case.

I’ve always loved watches. (Something I picked up from my grandfather.) Small, big, old, new, leather, metal. Doesn’t matter I appreciate it for what it is.

After owning many different watches, this year I received my first automatic watch. A Rotary I inherited from my grandfather.

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An automatic watch, also known as a self-winding watch, is a mechanical watch in which the natural motion of the wearer provides energy to run the watch, making manual winding unnecessary. It is distinguished from a manual watch in that a manual watch, likewise having no internal battery, must have its mainspring wound by hand at regular intervals. – Wikipedia

What makes an automatic watch so special, for me, is the relationship. It isn’t as simple as slapping it on my wrist every morning. I first need to make sure the time is still right and if it has enough energy left. Otherwise, I first need to set the time and date, and then wind it up.  Compared to a smartwatch that always has the right date and time.

An alternative would be a hybrid watch. Like a Kronaby. Which combines tech features and beautiful watchmaking. It’s designed to, as they put it, keep you connected but not distracted. It has simple features like tracking your steps and letting you know when you have a notification.

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I’m aware of all the benefits a smartwatch can give, but there’s just something about a mechanical watch that makes it a bit more special, especially in a world where most people are wearing smartwatches.

What are your thoughts?

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