Back then, a mechanical watch would be deemed as a novelty but it may not be practical in today’s standards. Fast forward to when automatic watches were a thing and the huge limitation of manually winding the watch has been solved as a result.
In the 80s, digital watches are slowly creeping up and although luxury watches would still lean towards automatic watches, you can clearly see the emergence of new technology.
Nowadays, smartwatches have become quite ubiquitous which then begs the question: Are traditional watches still relevant in 2020?
The History of the Ever-Evolving Watch
In the early 1900s, watches were deemed as a woman’s accessory and men would have to deal with pocket watches.
During the first World War, it was quite cumbersome to coordinate attacks simply because soldiers would have to whip out their watches from their pockets. Then, some soldiers had this idea of creating a makeshift wristwatch by strapping their pocket watches on their wrists. Then, the idea of the traditional wristwatch was born.
Look at the entire 20th century, what was once considered a tool just to tell the time has provided more features than anyone could have imagined.
Tool watches have become a thing and it provided divers, soldiers, and active people the means to make their activities so much better.
Then, in the 70s, the Quartz revolution happened in that watches do not rely on mainsprings anymore but are powered by small batteries that allowed them to tell the time in a more accurate manner. Shortly after, watches with digital displays were born.
The Advent of New Technology
By the start of the 2000s, the main focus was on mobile phones, specifically on smartphones. The first-ever iPhone paved the way for the creation of smartphones a couple of years after.
Smartwatches are timepieces with digital displays that essentially is sort of an extension of a smartphone. You could create emails, send texts, and you can even look at notifications as well.
Because the basic feature of traditional watches is timekeeping, people have deemed them quite obsolete, especially when compared to wearable tech like a smartwatch.
Then, a couple of years after the release of the first smartwatch come fitness trackers that active people really love. It is sort of a smartwatch but it is just a toned-down version of it.
It can help track your heart rate, how many steps you’ve taken thus far, your sleep patterns, and so much more.
Because of all of these technologies and it is indeed slowly become a major thing, it is no wonder that a lot of people believe that traditional watches are going to be extinct, or so they thought…
Why Traditional Watches Are Here to Stay
Sure, smartwatches and fitness trackers have become quite popular in this day and age, but traditional watches will stand the test of time.
Watch purists will surely argue that a smartwatch, though technically filled with a basic timekeeping functionality and then some, is more of a niche item than anything else.
A luxury watch, for instance, trumps the new-age tech in the aesthetics and horological value departments. If anything, traditional watches will co-exist with smartwatches and they are not going extinct any time soon.