Is A Watch Necessary? 15 Reasons To Wear A Watch

Being able to tell time is not the only reason to wear a watch, though you probably already know that. But, can you think of 15 more reasons why you should wear a watch? We can!

Watches are fantastic additions to anyone’s wardrobe. They look stunning, they elevate your appearance, and they create a relationship with time. Watches are functional, class-portraying accessories, which makes them necessary for any man or woman.

There are many different reasons why you should own and wear a watch. In this article, we compiled a list of 15 reasons why we should all wear a watch!

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1. A Watch Makes You Look Amazing

The first reason is the most obvious. Watches simply look stunning. You can instantly elevate your entire look simply by adding a watch to the mix. And a watch doesn’t have to be flashy or expensive either! Most cheaper watches look perfectly fine, and in reality, most people won’t even notice the difference between a cheap and expensive watch if it wasn’t for the logo.

Adding a watch to your outfit instantly elevates you, and that’s more than enough reason to own one!

2. Watches Are Functional

The classic wristwatch we know of today were introduced to men primarily for military use. Like most military items, watches had a function; telling the correct time. Knowing the correct time would allow for coordinated attacks, and all the soldiers would have to do is look at their wrist.

In today’s world, we might not need to coordinate precise attacks, but knowing the time is always important. Watches have extremely durable batteries, so whereas our phones will die throughout the day, our watches will still be doing great.

Aside from just telling the time, watches have lots more functions. Just look at the average smartwatch; it can track your steps, calories burnt, basically anything. But even with the classic wristwatches, you can set timers or check what date it is!

3. A Watch Keeps You Accountable

The primary function of a watch is to tell the time, and by telling the time, keep you accountable as you go about your day. 

Yes, you could check your phone…but depending on the situation – such as at an important work meeting or having dinner with your in-laws – whipping out your phone in the thick of conversation doesn’t look the best, etiquette-wise. It would be far more proper – and subtle – to sneak a glance at your wrist.

In each of these scenarios, you can quickly check the time with the flick of your wrist, keeping you on schedule and punctual. And with a watch, you won’t get distracted by the many different apps we currently have on our phones.

4. A Watch Is A Great Heirloom

A watch can serve as a fantastic heirloom. It’s a great way to remember or feel connected to someone who has passed. Many people give heirlooms to others, hoping that the item will be taken care of and worn or used to remember the person who lived before. 

Watches are a perfect example of an heirloom gift because they are long-lasting and timeless. Trends come and go – think of 90s choker collars and the Ed Hardy heyday of the early 2000s – but watches have stood the test of time. 

By passing on a watch as an heirloom, you are preserving a piece of history and the memory of the one who wore it. 

5. Watches Are Works Of Craftsmanship

Not only do watches look amazing, but they also show peak skill and craftsmanship. The average watch consists of over 100 different parts, with the most complex watch, the Patek Philippe Calibre 89, consisting of 1728 parts.

And all of these parts all fit in that small box on your wrist. Just take a moment to appreciate the pure skill and finesse needed to make something like that. Now some appreciate this more than others, but you can’t deny that wearing a watch pays homage to the skill and craftsmanship of the watchmakers.

6. Watches Show Your Style

Does your style lean more classic or adventurous? Sporty or modern? Maybe you like to change it up from time to time. What better way to do that than with a watch? Grab it off your nightstand or wherever you keep your watches (hopefully away from light and moisture!). 

People will get the vibe that you’re an adventurous spirit if they see you donning a kinetic Seiko Prospex, for example. If your watch is on the bigger, bulkier side (like a G-Shock), anyone could guess that you prefer the outdoors or sports. Slip your wrist into a sleek and classic timepiece to show how polished you like to look. 

There isn’t much you can do for a man to change up your style on the fly – or add emphasis to it – like what a woman’s purse or sparkly jewelry can do for her. However, one easy way to change up and showcase your style is to wear a wristwatch. 

7. A Watch Can Be A Symbol Of Success

Yes, almost anyone can go into their local supermarket and purchase a cheap watch. On the flip side, not everyone can afford to buy a luxury watch that costs hundreds of dollars and upwards, even thousands. Brands that offer lower-priced (albeit good quality) timepieces like Timex, Nixon, Fossil, Casio, Citizen, and Seiko have their place. Still, they don’t quite signify success as higher-end brands do. 

We’re talking success in terms of money here. A typical Timex costs $50. A watch from Fossil could be anywhere from $75 – $1,000. Seiko has steeper prices dipping into the hundreds for their watches. Seiko’s sister brand, Grand Seiko, makes luxury watches known for their durable and exotic parts and pieces, costing between $3,000 and $6,000. 

Okay, so someone may know that you paid a good chunk of money to be the proud owner of a luxury watch, but how can the watch itself – not just the brand name – exude the success of the wearer? Details. It’s all in the details.

Watches that cost several thousand are more detailed in their design aesthetic, have more precise and complex movements and manufacturing procedures, and are made from better quality materials. A higher-end watch will have a better finishing (like non-reflective glass), hand engraving, bevelling, and enameling. It will have more unique and detailed textures, like scratch-resistant ceramic bezels instead of typical stainless steel.  

8. Watches Become A Part Of You

Ever feel naked or incomplete without something, like your favorite sweater, cologne, or piece of jewelry? After habitually reaching for something, it can start to feel like it’s become a part of you. Well, watches can work the same way. 

Going back to the examples above, perfume is something that is often associated with someone. Perhaps the entire team knows when the boss is coming due to his intense perfume, or maybe you have a signature scent yourself that everyone knows you by. 

A watch is just the same. It’s common for watch lovers to gravitate towards a particular style (like watches with thin, sleek bands or rose gold chainlink watches), and people like what they know and what they know to expect. 

It’s comforting for you to reach for your trusty wristwatch just as much as it is for others to see you wear it. When a watch becomes a part of you, people notice, and that’s not a bad thing! It proves to them that you are reliable. 

9. A Watch Can Be A Great Investment

Depending on the brand, you may shell out some big bucks for a watch, but is it worth the investment? We think so. But why?

For starters, if you want to flip some money, investing in watches is a surefire way to do so. Many watches on the market are sold at a higher value than originally purchased at years later. This is because the watch market has a high demand for specific brands and models – like any Rolex watch – because more people want to own the watch over how many watches are being produced. To put things into perspective, a single Rolex timepiece takes about 500 hours to create! 

Instead of waiting around to buy a watch directly from the retailer, many people opt to buy from private sellers. If you want to turn your watch into some money, that private seller could be you! 

Furthermore, there are other reasons why a timepiece is worth the investment. Throughout history, timepieces have been viewed as a way to extend your personality and style, as we mentioned earlier. A watch from a sophisticated brand, such as Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Bulgari, Panerai, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, elevates your style and ups your confidence. 

For example, you’ll feel an extra jolt of confidence during your work presentation when the people in the front row catch a glimpse of your impressive investment, knowing you mean business! 

10. Watches Signify Maturity

Think back a few sections up to when we discussed dependability. Wearing a watch shows that you are responsible (you took the time to put it on and care to know what time it is without looking at your phone) and mature.

It’s important to dress your age as you get older as it affects how people perceive you, and watches are a telltale sign of maturity, especially for men (because how many school-age boys wear watches to P.E. or music class?). You have places to go and people to see, and a watch keeps you on track with that. 

Plus, the kids from Generation Z today don’t seem too keen on wearing timekeepers on their wrists when a digital clock is just a tap away….but we’ll give it some time. As we said, watches are a timeless investment. 

11. A Watch Can Be A Conversation Starter

Wearing a watch is a great segway into a conversation, especially if you are racking your brain trying to figure out what to chat about! You could give the person a comment (and simultaneously make their day and make a lasting impression!) or ask them a question, which in turn makes you seem genuinely interested in them and what they have to say. 

No matter what kind of make and model you – or the other person – are wearing, a watch is a low-key way to spark up some chit-chat.  

12. A Watch Can Be A Nice Ego Boost

Wearing a watch can give you a nice ego boost…in a good, not-straight-to-your-head-kind-of-way. 

If you’re not one for wearing a watch – yet have a watch or two in your collection – putting one on for the day (or wearing it just for a special meeting or date) can give you a nice jolt of ego-boosting happiness. Since you don’t wear a watch every day, it can feel like you treated yourself! 

If you are a constant watch-wearer, you can still get that feel-good boost of energy. Try wearing your most expensive or a treasured timepiece, such as an heirloom watch, to celebrate something extraordinary in your life.

Be it a work promotion, the adoption of a new pet, or the birth of your new niece or nephew, sling on that watch, and don’t worry about the time (because you’ll always have it with you on your wrist!) and have fun! 

13. You Can Track Your Fitness Goals With Your Watch

Getting fit and keeping in shape is a little easier thanks to the invention of the smartwatch, which gained traction in the early 2010s due to the release of the Nike+ Fuelband in 2012 and the Sony SmartWatch in the same year. Samsung released its first version of wearable watches in 2013, naming it “Gear.” Today, one of the most popular smartwatches is the Apple Watch. 

No matter which smartwatch you have, the gist is the same: their sole purpose is to help you keep track of and crush your fitness goals. Most smartwatches have activity trackers that log your movement, while others may have the ability to measure your heart rate and calculate how many calories you burned. 

If you look at your watch and notice you haven’t hit your walking steps quota for the day, you know you better get moving! 

14. You’re Perceived More Professional When Wearing A Watch

Like a suit that makes one look more presentable in the workplace, wearing a watch is also a way to be viewed as more professional, especially in business settings. 

This thought is further exacerbated by the onslaught of folks who solely use their phone to check the time. 

While showing up to a meeting without a watch is okay, you certainly wouldn’t want to show up in your stained sweatpants or plain tee!

15. A Smartwatch Can Save Your Life

It’s impressive what watches, and particularly smartwatches can do these days. Many smartwatch models can detect if the wearer has fallen and immediately dispatches emergency services. Many can also read your heartbeat and rhythm with a version of an ECG and alert you if you have an irregular heartbeat, which can sometimes lead to health problems, even cardiac arrest. 

Many older individuals find comfort in wearing a smartwatch because they know they have medical assistance on their person if they need it – and it’s not so unsightly like some wearable medical alert systems are. 


Jasper has always been a fan of watches. But when he took on a project of restoring a nearly 30-year-old timepiece, he was hooked. Throughout the years, he has learned a lot about horology and shared his passion on Watches of Today!

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