Men Are Wearing Watches That Don’t Even Tell The Right Time, Apparently

Why many are choosing style over substance.
IMAGE Getty Images

It could be argued that the digital age has made the traditional purpose of watches somewhat redundant: Our iPhones are very good at telling the time, as are our computer screens.  According to a piece in the The Wall Street Journal, there's now a trend for watch collectors to disregard time-telling completely and choose to wear watches that don't even work, a "statement piece," apparently. The columnist, Jacob Gallagher, claims that "[it] tends to be some of the super-fashiony maven people who are all about style." 

So less horological purists, more brand-followers who simply want a Cartier or Rolex on the wrist. And who can blame them? Vintage watches of Switzerland's elite are a hard find, and even more expensive than the asking price is the process of refurbishment. A luxury Swiss watch requires maintenance fees long after you've picked it fresh from the showroom cabinet. 

While wearing a watch that doesn't tell the time feels like an affront to logical, we'd probably do the same with a 1980 Omega Seamaster, too.


This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

Recommended Videos
View More Articles About:
More Videos You Can Watch
About The Author
Murray Clark
View Other Articles From Murray Clark
Latest Feed
Load More Articles
Connect With Us