Why I Won’t be buying an Apple Watch

I’m suffering from battery anxiety. My watch is showing signs that it’s running out of juice. For the last few days, it has been running in energy saving mode. 

At least, I think that’s what it’s doing. You see, I’ve been wearing this watch for twenty-six years and this will be the fifth or sixth time that the battery has run out. I can’t remember, but I think that the second hand jumping every five seconds is a sign of impending battery death. Now I’m worried that I’ll be able to get it to a jeweller before it completely dies.

My watch was pretty expensive when I bought it in 1989. Twenty-six years later, it has more than held it’s value. In fact, it has appreciated in that time. When I had it serviced in 2008, the watchmaker offered me twice what I paid for it. I refused.

And there’s the crux. A watch is much more than a gadget to discard after a couple of years when the next iteration makes it redundant. It’s something that we live with, day and night. It does one thing, well. It continues to do that thing, well. It won’t become redundant and unusable in a couple of years when Apple designs the next big thing in wearables. 

I hope that I’ll still be wearing my watch in ten years. I wonder how many 1st generation Apple Watches will still be on wrists, functioning by then? 


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