When the last baby boomer has croaked, I wonder if wristwatches will be able to survive?
Will they endure as "timeless" (sorry) fashion accessories?
Since I always have my phone with me, I have all but ceased wearing a wristwatch.
Though a wristwatch does come in handy whenever I "unplug" from everything, which I do on a regular basis to clear out the accumulated electronic fog.
Hmm you are serious about this.
I think it will be around because of:
1. Battery Life/Power Usage:
A watch is an incredibly efficient use of electricity to produce work (telling time). I have several watches that don't even need battery changes. Throughout nature, incredibly energy-efficient processes always survive. I am pretty sure many of us have a simple solar calculator that gets significant use, even though we have advanced math tools available to us in other forms. Of all killing tools, the knife is still considered a necessity and carried into combat.
2. Works in water
3. Works well for physical activities in general where you have to time yourself such as running.
4. The position on the wrist, Ergonomics
I need to think about this some more, but the wrist seems to be an ideal places to look at on the body. Phones and things like google glass may induce fatigue. Glasses are light but the position on the ears and nose (I feel) tends to generate fatigue. I don't wear glasses normally, but do use things such as safety glasses. Reaching for things around the waist or in a pocket (such as a cell phone) seems to require much more effort.
5. Amount of information delivered
A phone or other data source on the wrist has a limited amount of data it can deliver and the size limits this. Just the time seems to be a compact enough and important enough representation-of a critical piece of our world- that it makes sense to wear a watch often.
6. Sexual/Mate Attraction
Drawing attention to the hands may have a sexual benefit. Similar to how necklaces draw attention to the bust, or the shape of earrings changes how our mind perceives a woman's facial shape.