Why men love wristwatches

Wristwatches are a relatively new addition to the average

Wristwatches are a relatively new addition to the average man's wardrobe, given the long history of humanity.

They've only been around for about a hundred years, and only recently have they become widely available to the general public. With the recent global boom in digital gadgets, everyone expected the wristwatch to become extinct, but men still wear watches and love them.

I've had an interest in watches since I was a child, and I still have the first watch I purchased. I'll be the first to admit that it's not about practicality. A watch is certainly not a necessity these days, and I didn't buy it just to tell time; there's a lot more to it.

A manifestation of the 'Inner Man'

Men's fashion options are far fewer than those of women. A man may own a fine suit, some old blue jeans, a selection of ties, or even a set of cuff-links, but the wristwatch is the go-to accessory for personal expression of his tastes and preferences.

In terms of a style symbol, a watch, in my opinion, is more discrete than a sports car and much easier to manage than a yacht, and it says a lot more about a person's personality. It doesn't have to be the most expensive watch either; it's the quality, as well as the story that the watch tells, that counts.

Personalities differ: it could be about style and refinement, or it could be about passion and adventure - whether it's a Cartier, TAG Heuer, or Omega.

Watches represent both craftsmanship and technology.

You don't have to be a watchmaker or an engineer to appreciate well-made items. Let's be honest: the movement of a watch is fascinating.

Anyone who watches the mesmerising dance of a fine Swiss watch can sense the painstaking efforts that went into designing and building something so intricate and beautiful.

A good watch is an investment.

My first watch is worth a lot more today than it was the day I bought it. In fact, the person I bought it from only sold it to me with the caveat that he has first option if I ever want to sell it, which I doubt will happen anytime soon.

Watch auctions are thriving, mirroring the overall trend of new watch sales. One-of-a-kind specimens have sold for exorbitant sums. Sotheby's sold a Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication for a record $11.5 million a decade ago, and then broke the record again in 2014 for a new record $24 million. When it comes to watches, even the most ordinary ones can fetch a lot of money.

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