Technology, for the most part, is a good thing. When we wanted a way to call our friends and family while on the go, people have found a way to create a smartphone. If people want to know how many steps they’ve taken so far in the day, some people have developed smartwatches.
For watch purists, the traditional automatic watch still has more value than most of the new-age devices that are being introduced in the market. But, if you ask me which is superior between the two, that is harder to answer on its own.
The better question to ask is which is superior in what scenario? That is a more feasible question since when people are looking for something, it is to satisfy a need (or want).
In today’s article, I will talk about smartwatches and traditional watches and which are best suited for some particular scenarios.
When it comes to style, getting a traditional watch is the way to go, hands down. That is because smartwatches pretty much come in either two form factors- either in the traditional square watch face or a round version.
Traditional watches come in all shapes and sizes and you can find one that is flattering no matter what occasion it is.
For instance, a skeleton watch is a nice conversation piece and can go with just about any outfit you can think of, while a smartwatch is somewhat common and the person you are talking to might be wearing one.
If traditional watches win in the style department, smartwatches take the crown when it comes to features. That is because smartwatches, in essence, are just extensions of a smartphone.
You can create an email, schedule a meeting, and you can even call your friends and family while you are just using the watch too.
Now, you might argue that there are some watches that do have additional watch complications, but let me ask you something: Are they better than what a smartwatch can do? No? That’s what I think so.
As much as I want to give both of them an equal rating, I just couldn’t do it. Smartwatches, because of its many features, have an abysmal battery. Their batteries are so bad that you should charge them regularly like your smartphone.
Traditional watches use batteries for their operation. However, there are also some that do not even require a battery but instead would rely on a mechanical mechanism for its power.
If you want longevity, you should choose a traditional watch all the way.
By ‘support’, I mean having the timepiece be serviced by the company or an authorized repair shop.
That being said, luxury watches need to be serviced every 3-5 years and although you can get them checked, you will need to pay extra.
Smartwatches do not require servicing but they need to be replaced every 2-3 years since newer technologies may not be supported by the current version. Though this is not to say that you cannot have it serviced because you can. The only difference is that you’re likely going to buy a new one anyway.
So for this scenario, both of them have good support, albeit I would lean more towards traditional watches.