Smart watch Vs. Traditional watch

Over the past few years, smartwatches have grown in popularity. Wearable tech and an affordable price point make them sought after by many different people. This surge in popularity and the arrival of different models makes people wonder if Apple Watches and Samsung Watch models will ever replace Rolex and Patek Philippe as the grails of the watch world. Will they ever replace the traditional clock, or are they already there?

Traditional watch vs. smart watch? The people have spoken. Voting has begun. This year, for the first time, smart watches outsold traditional watches. Smart watch sales have doubled. Facing this formidable storm again, Michael Sims argues that a traditional watch offers something that no smart watch can match. . .

Nothing The owner of The Hook + Gaff Watch Company believes that the lack of traditional watch features is its best feature, its killer app, its Reason Dater. Sims says traditional watch wearers are more likely to live their best lives – disconnected from phone calls, emails and pings – than smartwatch wearers.

Sure, a smart watch can tell you who’s calling, alert you to upcoming meetings and maybe even track the number of steps you’ve taken throughout the day. be So with all these features available and ready to strap on your wrist, why do so many people opt for a more traditional watch?

Key takeaways

  • A traditional watch is usually defined as an analog dial with hour and minute hands. However, a smart watch is considered a wearable technology similar to a computer.
  • Smart watches have been around since the 1980s when Seiko created the Data 2000.
  • Since 2015, the interest in Rolex watches has remained and the trend continues to grow.
  • There have already been seven generations of the Apple Watch since its original shipment in 2015. Traditional watches do not need to be replaced or updated very often.

What is a traditional clock? What is a smart watch?

A traditional watch is usually an analog dial with hour and minute hands. Some quartz watches like the Breitling Professional models have a digital dial, but that doesn’t make them a smartwatch. Read more about what makes a mechanical watch.

It is a fact of life in the 21st century that we wake up to technology, drive with technology, work with technology and come home to see technology. Creating a watch that intentionally moves us from this restriction to screen time was a key element in the very first Hook+Gaff creation. . .

When I look down at my hook+gaff watch. . . It’s a constant reminder that every second that passes is time. I want to know that I’m spending my time wisely — spending it with people I love doing the things I love.

I’m as mentally minded as the next guru. But I don’t believe quartz/mechanical horology is key. For one thing, everyone has a smartphone. Unless a trad watch wearer silences or switches off their smartphone, they are only marginally removed from the wired world.

Smart watch Vs. Traditional watch

A smartwatch is a computer that can be worn on the wrist. They will typically feature a touchscreen for day-to-day use, and connect to an app on a smartphone for management and tracking. Smartwatches have been around since the 1980s when Seiko created the Data 2000, which came with an external keyboard for data entry and data synchronization by docking the watch. It wasn’t until the late 2000s – 2010s that smartwatches started to appear.

Samsung, Sony, Motorola, IBM, Microsoft and Fossil have all produced smartwatches over the years. To date, Fossil has released 5 generations of smartwatches, in addition to hybrid models that combine wearable tech and classic watches. It wasn’t until the Apple Watch was announced in late 2014 and released to consumers in 2015 that smartwatches began to grow in popularity and people began to wonder if they would overtake traditional watches.

Smart watch Vs. Traditional watch

Moving in and out of the e-world may be bad juice and bad parenting, but statistically, everyone is doing it. Statistically, no one will give up their smartwatch for a traditional timepiece to achieve a better work-life balance.

If this is traditional watchmakers’ best defense against the smartwatch tsunami, they can’t be doomed. But there is an answer. . .

Smart watch Vs. Traditional watch

There is no good reason for women to wear high heels. Flats and boots are more comfortable, durable and affordable. This is the reason why millions of women have turned away from high heels.

And yet the market still supports high heels. Their sex appeal – their fashion ability – is enough to sustain this segment of the women’s shoe industry, albeit with a much smaller market share than before.

There is no good reason to wear a traditional watch. Smart watches are more accurate and more useful than quartz/mechanical timepieces. This is why sales of smart watches are set to dwarf sales of traditional timepieces.

And yet the market will favor quartz/mechanical watches. The sex appeal of traditional watches – their fashionability – will be enough to sustain this segment of the watch industry, albeit with a much smaller market share than before.

The new model is already working. Sales of fashionable and luxury quartz/mechanical watches remain strong, while sales of Timex and other “dumb” timepieces are increasing.

They will not continue to tick – as they did two years ago. But as long as vanity exists, there will be a market for “old-fashioned” quartz and mechanical watches. And the men and women who want to wear them. Just not that many, and not that often. Not by a long shot.

Will smart watches replace traditional watches?

The short answer is no. There is always a desire in the watch community for a traditional mechanical or quartz watch. Global shipments of smartwatches have overtaken shipments of Swiss watches in early Q4 2015, but that doesn’t mean traditional watches are dead or dying. We can also track this increase in interest by taking a look at Google Trends. In the chart below, the blue line represents search interest around “Rolex Watch”. Interest remains constant and the upward trend continues. Comparatively, the red line shows the rise of the term “smartwatches” and since 2015 you can see an increase in interest.

Longer lifespan of mechanical watches compared to smart watches

Traditional watches are able to provide something that smartwatches cannot: longevity. Every few years smartwatch manufacturers release a new, updated model. In fact, there have already been seven generations of the Apple Watch since its initial shipment in 2015. Smartwatches also need to be updated regularly, just like cell phones, to stay secure and various apps need to be updated to fix bugs.

Smart watch Vs. Traditional watch

Traditional watches, while new models are released annually, do not need to be replaced during the owner’s lifetime. A mechanical watch is designed to last generations, as long as they are well maintained and serviced. There are even stories of people finding a mechanical watch bent and full of rust and dirt, in which an expert watchmaker can properly restore the watch.

The style of traditional watches vs. smart watches

Traditional watches are not only designed to last longer, but also have more style. A smartwatch is designed to be functional, giving the wearer access to text messaging, heart rate, games and even phone calls. They have touchscreens to make all this possible and sensors on the back to detect wear. The cases are huge, designed to hold technology. Some precious metals are used but this adds to the retail price of the watch, just like traditional watches.

Smart watch Vs. Traditional watch

Traditional watches, mechanical or quartz, are characterized by a timeless style. Attention is paid to the polishing of the case, movement details and even the dial material that is not found in smartwatches. Traditional watchmaking is an art and skill that takes years to master.

Luxury watchmakers are embracing smart technology.

Similar to the quartz crisis of the 1970s, watchmakers today are embracing new wearable technology to stay current and attract new collectors.

Tag Heuer designed the Connected to combine their expert watchmaking with cutting-edge technology. These watches have stainless steel or titanium cases with faceted lugs, ceramic bezels and crowns and pushers reminiscent of a luxury watch. Difference? Underneath the sapphire crystal is a touchscreen display that is ready to tell the time as well as display a variety of information. Tag Heuer has also released the Golf Edition, which not only functions as a smartwatch, but can display a 3D rendering of the golf course and measure hazards and ball flight distance.

While the luxury watch industry is evolving and brands are starting to embrace smart technology, a traditional mechanical watch isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There are times when a smartwatch isn’t appropriate, such as on your wrist when you’re getting married or in other formal situations. On the other hand, a smartwatch might be more appropriate when you’re working out at the gym and want to track your workout and heart rate.

A traditional watch is seen as a piece of jewelry and heirloom but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear a smartwatch. Collectors and connoisseurs of luxury watches are drawn to the quality, design and craftsmanship of this watch. A traditional watch can also be a conversation starter, whether it’s a vintage date or a complicated movement.

Different watches serve different purposes and this includes adopting smartwatches alongside traditional watches. There is an opportunity for everything. What are your thoughts on smartwatches compared to traditional watches?

Why do people still prefer traditional watches?

From the craftsmanship to the materials used, there are many reasons why many people still prefer traditional watches over smart watches.


Traditional watchmaking is a true art and craft. Watchmaking, and luxury watchmaking in particular, is a trade that is held in high esteem for good reasons – it is incredibly specific, takes time to learn and has a long history.

And, traditional watches hold their value over time – the item itself is a symbol of the passage of time, making it a sentimental gift for occasions like weddings, graduations or promotions. Traditional watches — especially high-quality watches built with endurance in mind, like ours at Hook+Gaff — have significantly longer lifespans than their smartwatch counterparts. Other than regular maintenance and occasional cleaning, traditional watches don’t need anything to stay up-to-date, while smartwatches quickly become outdated.


An indisputable edge that traditional watches have over smartwatches is durability. More specifically, Hook+Goff watches feature superior durability compared to most watches on the market because they were built with salty days on the water, hot afternoons on the golf course and wet mornings in the floodplain woods.

Smartwatches are usually made of low-cost materials, as their main feature is not robustness. In contrast, Hook+Gaff watch designs revolve around performance-proven materials that can stand up to outdoor pursuits. The cases on Hook+Gaff watches are made from durable materials such as high-grade titanium, brushed surgical stainless steel, or surgical-grade stainless steel.


The classic aesthetic of a traditional watch never goes out of style. Sure, watch faces vary and watches come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s something timeless about a classic watch. Of course, some smartwatch makers have tried to create more sleek designs, and many hybrid watches are trying to achieve something in between – but it’s just not the same.

Battery life

Even if you can get away with all the bells and whistles of a smartwatch, every iteration has one major drawback: a short battery life. Just like your smartphone, the smartwatch must be charged before use. On average, a single smartwatch charge will last you about 18 hours of use. It’s not a full day. On the other hand, watches with a Swiss quartz movement typically last one to three years on a single battery, and an automatic mechanical watch does not need a battery.

So, which one is better? Traditional Watch vs. Smart Watch

Here at Hook Gaff, one question we often receive is: “What can your watch do that my smartwatch can’t?”

Our answer to that: everything.

The reality of life in the 21st century is that we wake up to technology, drive with technology, work with technology and come home to technology. Creating a watch that intentionally moves us from this restriction to screen time was a key element in the very first Hook+Gaff creation.

In a world that moves so fast, it’s hard to feel like there’s enough time in the day for the things that really matter: family, hobbies, hobbies, and friends. We didn’t want or need a watch that talked to us while we were spending time doing the things we loved. So, we’ve created a watch that can keep up with the action-oriented, high-impact, outdoor-focused lives we lead — and all the while reminding us to slow down and enjoy life’s pleasures. .

Michael Sims, president of Hook + Gaff, put it best:

“People are caught up in their smart devices. And I wanted to avoid those things. We created a watch because we wanted to remind people that living with time is more important than the daily grind. In the end, I want to look back and see that I lived my days wisely. And when I look down at my Hook+Gaff watch — yes, it speaks to my lifestyle, yes, it’s a classic aesthetic. — but it’s a constant reminder that every second that passes is time. I want to know that I’m spending my time wisely — spending it with people I love doing the things I love. I like to.”

To hear everything else Michael has to say about how Hook+Gaff got started and why it’s different, watch the full video now!

A smart watch is better than a traditional watch.

Wearable accessories have been popular for hundreds of years. However, only in the last decade have modern wearable’s become popular. Standard watch features help users accurately tell time, day of the week and month, set alarms, tell time with a second hand, and even use a pressure gauge for diving and a tachometer for speed. But smart watches have a lot more to offer.

Unlike traditional watches, smart watches connect to the Internet and your phone and act as an extension of your cellular phone. They can look like digital or traditional watches depending on the style. A traditional watch can’t match the style and functionality of a smart watch for a number of reasons.

Both traditional and smart watch designs

The surprising thing about smart watches is that they come in a variety of designs. Traditional watches are made in about nine different styles. However, all traditional watch styles are available in high-tech smart watch models that connect to your cellular phone and the Internet.

The most popular watch designs that also come in smart watch options are listed below:

Classic pocket watch

A pocket watch is as traditional as watches come. You can get a smart watch with a chain in a pocket design that ties neatly to the edge of a pocket in a three-piece suit or a well-tailored vest.

The chain is attached to the smartwatch in the same way as a wrist strap. Then, the watch hangs and is secured in the pocket to which the chain is attached. The smartwatch can also get an upgrade with a faceplate if you’re using it as a pocket watch.

Wrist watch

The most common way to wear a watch in the world today is on the wrist either with a band that holds the watch in place:

  • Metal
  • Leather
  • Silicone/Rubber

A wristwatch is also common on smartwatch designs. It’s a great way to keep your notifications, time, and incoming messages and calls in one easy-to-see line throughout the day.

Dive Watch

Some smartwatches also come as custom dive watches meant for underwater use. Divers are putting their bodies and watches under pressure. They also need a watch that doesn’t spin too much on a rubber/silicone band.

Waterproofing on smartwatches is already pretty decent. Still, some are made for use underwater on a regular basis, more than the occasional splash from a glass of water.

The faceplate is also large and easy to read with contrasting colors and backlighting so divers don’t get distracted. There could even be a widget on the watch’s home screen for depth as the diver goes further down into the water.

Features of both traditional and smart watches

A traditional watch has many features that help users navigate the world. However, smartwatches include all these features, plus:

  • Computer processing
  • Internet connectivity
  • Cellular service

A functional second hand

The other hand is usually larger and different in color from the background of the faceplate to make it easier to identify. The needle is shorter and moves faster in a ticking or fluid motion, counting seconds to each minute.

On a smartwatch, you have the option to display a digital watch face or a traditional watch face. The watch face is designed with a minute and second hand on the smartwatch. The second hand is also capable of being used as a stopwatch or dual timer to change time zones.

Do you have a date?

A small calendar is a helpful feature that appears on the back face of the watch that shows:

  • Days of the week
  • Month
  • History

The date is set with a knock on the clock.

Dual time so you can live in two time zones at once

Dual time on a watch means you have two different times on one watch face. The idea is that dual time is used for people who travel and need to set the local time and their home time zone to the exact same clock.

The dual time feature is a useful feature for travelers who fly continuously across different time zones.

Smartwatches incorporate this function into their design. You can have the option to display any time in the world with the World Clock app or switch between multiple different time zone clocks with a swipe of your hand.

Setting a multi-functioning alarm

Setting an alarm is a necessary and valuable function on a traditional clock. The alarm is usually softer in volume than other alarms. Still, it’s perfect for waking you up or setting reminders throughout the day.

Your smart watch’s alarm is simple and similar to a traditional watch. The only difference is that the smart watch has many alarm options:

  • Voices
  • Volume
  • Trembling
  • Time

You can set several alarms at the same time and don’t need to reset after one of them goes off. A traditional clock or traditional digital clock usually has a limited number of notes, such as one or two at a time.

How smart is your lap timer?

Timing and other things on the fly is a great feature for those involved in sports or other repetitive tasks. On conventional watches the lap timer is started and reset with buttons on the side of the faceplate.

The smartwatch’s lap timer has the ability to stop when you run and when you stop moving. Thanks to the tachometer and other biometric data, the smartwatch lap timer integrates with exercise sensors and heart rate monitors to give you detailed workout statistics.

You can’t get this functionality with a traditional watch.

Features of smartwatches only

Traditional watches are the best with many of these features mentioned above. However, a smartwatch includes all these features that a traditional watch boasts, plus more. Below is a complete list of the most used features on a smartwatch.


One of the best parts about having a smartwatch is the instant access to social media and other application notifications. Emails and messages, missed calls all with one alert on your wrist:

  • the bell
  • Trembling
  • the light
  • A combination of three warnings

The smartwatch has two different types of notifications. which are mirrored to a connected device and which are specifically designed for smartwatches. These notifications, designed specifically for smartphones, require your smartphone to have its own SIM card and cellular connectivity.

Let’s say your smartwatch has a SIM card and cellular service. In this case, it can be used as a standalone device without connecting it to your smartphone. Smartwatch connectivity means you’re constantly in touch via phone, email, or text message and social media even when you don’t have your phone with you.

The apps also work on smartwatches.

You can play games, send emails, receive social media notifications, and use any available smartphone app on your smartwatch. The advent of GPS, SIM card capability, and cellular service on smartwatches make them like miniature smartphones that connect to the Internet and do everything you’d expect a computer to do.

Some of the best apps for smartwatches include:

Payments: Apps that allow you to pay with contactless payments linked to PayPal or a bank account when you’re in a crowded area, need to make a quick payment, or don’t risk germs and bacteria on your hands. If so, they are the best. Payment apps are linked to your account and are safe and reliable ways to pay for things like travel, food, and services quickly and easily.

Fitness: Many fitness apps include step counting, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking of your progress on the trail or road. These apps break down and allow you to share your progress on social media or with friends.

Games: It may sound silly, but you can play games on your smartwatch. Some are less fun than others. However, in this incredibly dull situation, you’ll be glad you had a game to keep you occupied.

Communication: Phone calls, messaging, and social media apps are all available on the smartwatch device. Notifications are highly visible and keep you connected wherever you go.

Safety: Some apps have GPS for safety including accident monitoring while driving, intelligent check-in with user biometrics, and other features that help people stay safe and connected to their loved ones. do The fact that phone calls can be made from a watch connected to your body is a security feature that cannot be overstated.

Features of health and exercise

Smartwatches are perfect for people who want to keep track of their health and fitness. One of the biggest benefits of a smartwatch is that it can be used as a step counter and heart rate monitor. The heart rate monitor on the smartwatch is incredibly sensitive and reads your wrist pulse with excellent accuracy.

These devices also read blood pressure and determine your fitness level based on data from multiple workouts.

Plus, the tachometer reads your stride and learns your step totals as you go about your day. The smartwatch’s tachometer will also read certain exercises like cycling, jogging, and working out at the gym so you can count calories, steps, and keep a detailed graph of your fitness at any time.

With the advent of smartwatches, many fitness apps have emerged, but the main apps provided by smartwatch producers (Samsung and Apple) are generally considered the best and most accurate.

Sleep trackers

While this smartwatch category may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, sleep trackers are great tools for exploring your sleep patterns. You may have wondered why you sometimes wake up refreshed, and other days you don’t.

A sleep tracker on your smartwatch reads your body movements and analyzes your deep sleep patterns to give you a detailed picture of your sleep habits. This data about your sleep from the smartwatch is invaluable when you combine it with other data such as what you ate, what time you went to bed, and other aspects of your evening routine before bed.

Sleep trackers work by simply wearing them on your wrist while you sleep and then monitoring your heart rate and body movements. These data are generated overnight and can be discovered when you wake up in the morning for your observation.

Calling and messaging

All the notifications and apps on smartwatches are fine, but the real technological advancement is in cellular connectivity and the addition of a SIM card to the smartwatch, making it a mini cellular phone.

With SIM cards and cellular service, these smartwatches can have their own cellular phone number and are able to make and receive phone calls even when they are not connected to a cellular phone. You’ll look like a spy carrying around your wristwatch, but making voice calls or voice-to-text for text messages is a lot easier when you have a smartwatch. The smartwatch has several simple communication apps that pop up on the screen. Once selected, the user speaks directly into the watch for voice messaging, phone calls, or voice-to-text.

The simplicity and ease of use of the smartwatch for communication allows users to seamlessly update and contact people in their contact lists without taking their phone out of their bag or pocket. It is also a sanitary option as cell phones have been found to harbor more bacteria than toilet seats.


One of the most secure reasons why smartphones are a better option than traditional phones is that they have GPS. Tracking your movements is important for several security reasons, including:

  • Keep an eye on the children
  • Staying safe in dangerous areas of cities
  • Helping others guide you when you’re lost
  • Tracking places that have changed.

GPS is also the reason why you can update your maps with your progress in different places in real time. Meeting people with GPS is easy and safe because the meeting happens exactly when you share your location with others.

Finally, GPS is a great tool to use and upload for exercise progress and other recreational activities like hiking or exploring. Sharing a map of your progress helps others find you or navigate to destinations where you’ve progressed.

What are the disadvantages of a smartwatch?

While a smartwatch is a better option overall, there are some downsides to having a smartwatch that a traditional watch doesn’t have to contend with.

Problems with smartwatches are seen with:

  • Technology
  • Battery life
  • The psychological effect of continuous stimulation from the device

Smartwatches are powerful tools and great accessories for those who decide to wear them. However, it has several disadvantages that you should be aware of before deciding to buy a smartwatch.

Some of the major disadvantages of using and wearing a smartwatch are listed below.


One thing that smartwatch users must constantly contend with is manufacturer and publisher updates. If you don’t have internet connectivity for a long time or wait too long for an update, it can affect the usage of your smartwatch.

Also, updating is annoying and takes time away from using your smartphone. You should wait for the updates to download and then finalize on your smartwatch device.

A traditional clock doesn’t need third-party updates or justification to keep working, it just needs a winding or battery, and it’s good to go.

Battery life

Battery life on a standard smartwatch is about one to two days. This means that every one to two days, you have to plug in your smartwatch and wait for it to charge. Most smartwatches take an hour or more to charge from dead to 100 percent.

Charging your smartwatch is awkward because you can’t keep it on your wrist while it’s charging. Therefore, using a smartwatch while charging is not as easy as using a smartphone while charging.

A traditional clock requires only a small hearing aid battery or a simple knob turn to start working. Conventionally, a standard wristwatch battery has a life of about two to five years.

Finally, battery life is a constant struggle for smartwatch owners, just like with their phones, so it’s another thing you have to remember to plug in and charge almost daily. It’s a problem that traditional watch wearers don’t have to worry about. .

Constant stimulation

Much has been researched and discussed about the overstimulation of our society. To name a few conditions, smartphones are held responsible for:

  • Mental stress
  • Lack of concentration
  • Insomnia

In contrast, a smartwatch is much more visible than a smartphone, and is always attached to your person.

The constant notifications and stimulation from a smartwatch can be overwhelming for some users. Depression and loss anxiety are associated with overall reporting and smart device use among average consumers in the United States.

Smartphone users swipe or touch their smartphones an average of 2,600 times per day. And these devices are not as easily accessible as a smartwatch. A smartwatch can enhance user interaction with the Internet and notifications to increase this staggering number of interactions with our devices.

A less expensive fitness tracker alternative

Even if you want more than a traditional watch, there are more affordable calorie, step, and exercise counters on the market that are just as reliable as smartwatches. If you’re just looking for a way to count steps, read your pulse and blood pressure, and generally monitor your health, a fitness band is an affordable smartwatch alternative.

Fitness bands come in a variety of design options, and they all have some form of fitness tracker for steps. Some even have the same blood [reservoir] and heart rate sensor or sleep monitoring as in a smart watch.

In conclusion

Although smartwatches have some downsides, they increase productivity and help users stay connected with their friends and family. The numerous benefits of health tracking and logging are amazing, and internet connection and even cellular connection make the smartwatch one of the most powerful devices on the face of the earth.

The power of the internet on your wrist is now a fashion trend. Smartwatches are a better option than traditional watches for several reasons. We hope some of these reasons give you the insight you need to make an informed and sound decision for your watch needs.

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