Originally Posted by E,TF
And I check the time on my watch all the time, and always have done since I was a boy - it's quicker, more convenient and more discrete than pulling my phone out my pocket all the time - and somehow more elegant. In fact, some days, if I don't feel like being contactable, I leave my phone at home (shock horror).
Previous to WWI, the wristwatch, an invention of Cartier, was considered a feminine accessory, something which no self-respecting man would ever touch. Men used large, masculine pocket watches, attached to their dress by a strong chain. The pocket watch fell out of fashion following WWI, as the experiences in the trenches demonstrated the inherent inefficiency of constantly taking the watch out of a pocket, and if it had a hunter case, opening up said case. Many soldiers, and as the war progressed, companies, began modifying pocket watches by adding rings, etc... to accommodate a leather or rope strap. This was far easier, especially as trenches were cramped and filled with men and equipment, and at any moment one might be attached. The cell phone, iphone, ipod, etc... has the same problem, and I personally find it incredibly rude for people to constantly take out their phone. It is just as inefficient as the pocketwatch, and is further prone to the issues with running on battery.