That is as far from my own experience as it possibly could. I'm willing to bet I met a whole lot more WIS/ watch enthusiasts than you have, having been to meetups, events, or simply hanging on watch forums, and if there is anything in disproportion, it is certainly not aging bros, but rather nerds. Really nerdy, detail-obsessed people of all ages. There's something incredibly fascinating about the mechanics of precise horology : the idea that I would wind a stupid freaking spring and that the tiny little gears in it would work together to produce an accurate time +/- 1 or 2 seconds a day vs a computer clock, with no use of electronics, just gears and axles is already impressive. The precision work of guilloching a dial, engraving a movement plate - sometimes with great aesthetic sense - are just the kind of thing that make me tick. I like to see craftsmen do things at a level of skill that impresses me - and the fact that we can wear those little engineered pieces is pretty exciting.
I understand how others could not give a flying shit, question the very necessity of a watch since they look to their phone for time - but I think it is a worthy passion / hobby.
Very good point, I conflated basic luxury watch buyers and horology enthusiasts much too quickly. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.