Watch or not, I think you'll need commit to one and then so be it. I speak from experience. All my shirts' left cuffs were cut a bit larger than the right cuff to accommodate the watch on my wrist. In Accra I was mugged, beaten, and left in the road for dead. With the loss of my watch my shirts no longer fit correctly (about 3/4 inch more gap with the left cuff than the right). Can't have that, yeah? So into the bin they went. At not an inconsiderable sum I had to have new shirts made.
Why not just move the cuff button over 3/4 inch until you get a new watch?
I'm in the ridiculous situation of carrying an old Nokia phone because I prefer using a phone for phone calls, and a BlackBerry (from and for work) and an iPhone (for personal email and web stuff, where it beats the BB hands down). At least the BB and the iPhone balance each other out in the front pockets of my coat. And I travel a lot, so there are advantages, in redundancy (if my BlackBerry battery dies, I still have another smartphone and a phone); in being able to have different devices set to different time zones (I am useless at calaculatiing time difference in my head); and in having working comms of some sort in places with often challlenging networks/providers. Oh yeah, and an iPad half the time too, though often alternated with the iPhone.
And I still wear a watch. I may be a bit of a "watch guy", but I just can't imagine not doing so. It would be as weird as wearing shoes without socks.
Geezer brings up an excellent point: those of us who fancy ourselves as a bit of a watch guy, will always lean towards the importance of said watch over said phone. The importance of me being instantly accessible has waned over the past few years, with my senior employees able to handle anything I typically do (in many cases more ably, if I do say so myself with a great deal of pride). No amount of sparkly adornment will make my Iphone as timeless (no pun intended) as a Seamaster.
watches are the shit and ya'll suck if you don't wear them (unless you don't have any reason to care what time it is, then carry on).
I'm sorry, but pulling out your phone to check the time looks terrible (not to mention, rude, if you are talking to someone...checking your watch is appropriate in lots of situations but if you pull out your phone, it looks like you just got a text and you think it is more important to read it now than listen to what I am saying). If you want to check the time in a dark theater, you would have to turn on a bright, backlit device while every watch I own would still be legible and not require you fumbling around your pockets. Or if you are in a crowded train, you just need to pull back your cuff a bit instead of figuring our how to dig into your pockets without elbowing your neighbor and rearranging anything you are carrying.
Its not like they have to be expensive...my day to day watch is a timex easy reader on a nato band and it will last for years and years before needing so much as a fresh battery.
And the cell phone on the table thing...bah...what might fly in a business meeting in the conference room is not cool at the bar/restaurant with your friends.
If I leave home without my phone, I continue going to where I'm going. If I leave home without my watch, I will go home to get it
lol, dang, that takes commitment.
if I make it to the street outside my apartment without my watch, I probably won't turn back unless I am going somewhere special. If I make it 2-3 blocks away without my phone, I would probably turn back.
Of course, I am racing sailboats after work today so the watch I am wearing isn't even nice...its a digital timex expedition with a countdown timer (for timing the start).