In recent years, watches have almost vanished from the wrists of men.
Young men see them as dated, old-fashioned, and even obsolete… “my smartphone tells me the time, so why would I need a wristwatch?”
And it’s sad.
The wristwatch has been such an important part of history:
Buzz Aldrin wore one in the Apollo 11, MLK wore one when he spoke with President Johnson, and countless US presidents have worn them during their inaugurations.
…And here’s the thing:
Today’s great men, like Bill Gates, Bono, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and Pope Francis, all still wear watches.
Now… they all have smartphones, so why do they wear a wristwatch?
Wearing a watch is one of the most important things that a man can do for himself… and below, I’m going to show you 10 powerful reasons why
Why every guy should absolutely wear a watch every single day
A lamentable shift has happened in the last few decades: Watches have all but disappeared from men’s wrists.Once upon a time, a watch was essential, something men and women alike put on their wrists every morning and took off only at night before bed. It was a necessity, or else you wouldn’t know the time of day, and you’d be late for all of your meetings.
As cellphones and, later, smartphones started becoming more common, the watch suddenly seemed old-fashioned.
Who needs a watch when you can just pull out your phone to check the time on a sleek digital display?
Women are offered a myriad of wrist decorations to choose from, but a watch is the only accessory that a man can truly wear every day. You can build a collection, swap them out for different outfits, change straps to suit the occasion, and find one that’s perfectly suited to you and your lifestyle.
It’s your own signature piece — something that you wear so often that people end up identifying it with you. It’s an outlet of expression you can use even when weighed down by a suit and tie or otherwise super-picky dress code. An item that you alone chose: a shorthand for your values as a person.
Even a smartwatch is better than no watch — though, depending on the model, it will send its own unique message. When you don’t wear a watch, you’re missing out on that opportunity.
On days I forget my watch, my outfit feels incomplete, like it’s missing something. A watch can really tie it all together like a bow on a gift. Now, I’m no technological skeptic — I love my iPhone, I’m addicted to Facebook, and for me, Snapchat is less a social network than a hobby.
Still, a watch on the wrist holds tangible benefits for the wearer that go beyond telling the time. In fact, I rarely find myself looking down at my watch to actually find out what time it is. In 2016, it’s more a constant reminder of time than a functional time-telling device.
More to the point, it reminds you that time is constantly moving and slipping away. Don’t procrastinate, don’t spend time on things you don’t enjoy doing, and remember that time is limited — so you better get living and doing all those things you’re planning to do. A smartphone just doesn’t call this to mind in such an immediate or tangible way.
Those hour, minute, and second hands on your watch won’t stop until it dies. Neither should you.