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by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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Apple Watch as gateway drug

Marco Arment’s use of an Apple Watch drove him to mechanical watches:

I simply like mechanical watches more. I’ve completely converted, and I don’t foresee myself wearing the Apple Watch much in the future — the additional functionality it offers isn’t useful enough to me (your needs may vary) to overcome the far greater joy I get out of wearing a nice mechanical watch.

I’m actually not surprised that the existence of an Apple Watch would get tech enthusiasts to put on a watch for the first time, which would then act as a gateway drug to other fancy watches. That’s a path that sort of makes sense.

As a lifelong watch wearer, I don’t think I could ever go back to a non-smart watch. I’ve got my Dad’s old Rolex, which I will wear on those rare occasions where I’m dressed up and want to be fancy. Those mechanical watches are beautiful, and I hope smartwatches get much more beautiful over time. But I wouldn’t give up notifications on my wrist for them.

—Linked by Jason Snell

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