Originally Posted by swiego
Chalk me up also as one who doesn't understand why people would pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for technology that is hundreds of years old, when the time is displayed in just about every device we own.
One word: Elegance.
The mechanical wristwatch is one of the most ingenious pieces of technology ever created. As long as you wind it once a day, it acts as the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine you are ever likely to encounter.
My early 60s LeCoultre manual is more accurate than the clock on my mobile phone. What's up with that? My LeCoultre is also 14 kt. gold and weighs a negligible fraction of what my cell phone weighs. I paid $300 for my LeCoultre and put another $200 into an overhaul and a band. I paid over $200 for my cell phone and pay around $60 per month to be saddled with this odious bit of technological filth. Although my mobile is supposed to have full international functionality, it was mere dead weight on my business trip to the States last week. For reasons yet to be determined, it told me I was out of range. Meanwhile, I'm paying for international service. The US representative of the company could not be reached.
My LeCoultre didn't notice it was half a world away from its usual haunts. I reset the time and away it ticked. keeping faithful time and keeping me on time to meetings throughout the week with a discreet glance at my wrist. It also receives a lot of compliments, which my cell phone never does.
All in all, I find the cell phone to be a dismal solution to timekeeping. Again, it basically boils down to elegance.