Tuesday, December 7, 2021


Do you wear a watch?

Do you usually wear a watch every day? If so, is it an “old-fashioned” (can you believe we have to write that?) analog watch or is it a digital watch, such as an Apple Watch or Fitbit?

According to the Wikipedia page on the history of watches (a fascinating read, if we do say so ourselves), “The origin of the word ‘watch’ suggests that it came from the Old English word woecce which meant ‘watchman’ because town watchmen used watches to keep track of their shifts. Another theory surmises that the term came from 17th-century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).”

Now ya know! Now, if you have the time (both literally and figuratively), please tell us if you wear a watch, and what kind, in the poll below. Thanks!


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Diane Mc
15 days ago

I wear a Fitbit. Watch as jewelry when going out. Husband wears a watch & Fitbit and sleeps with both. His watch has an alarm, timer & stop watch. Why he needs alarm is beyond me….we are retired…lol. I use my iPhone if we absolutely need to be up earlier than normal. He uses timer all the time.

17 days ago

Haven’t worn a watch in 40 years. Don’t miss having Siri or Alexa listening in.

Neal Davis
18 days ago

My digital watches are by Timex and Wyze. Two Timex Ironman watches, one with a conventional watchband and one with a velcro band. The Wyze watch is also digital, but claims to track my sleep, be able to measure my pulse/heart-rate, my oxygen level, and know how many calories I burn each day and how many steps I take each day. It was $30 directly from Wyze. It also has a stopwatch function, various count-down timers, and several alarms. I can even load pictures on it and pick one to be the watch face. Great deal, great company!

Connie Calhoun
18 days ago

A Rolex

Ronald Russell
18 days ago


Gene L
18 days ago

The day I retired I took off my watch. I don’t even know where it is. Haven’t looked back in 20 years!!!

Jeff Roller
18 days ago

Wear an Apple Watch to detect A-Fib. I even sleep with it because that is when it starts.

18 days ago

I said no, but I really do wear a watch. Once I retired I had a tattoo of a watch on my wrist. Based on a song by Jimmy Buffett (Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On), my watch is never wrong. There are no numbers or moving parts and it always says NOW! I love showing it off too!

Susan Smith
18 days ago

When I was working, I always wore a watch. When I quit one of the last jobs I worked at, the staff all pitched in to get me a watch as a going away gift which I wore for 18 months at a new job until I retired for good. After I retired, which was a little over 10 years ago, the watch went into a drawer. I eventually bought a Fitbit and used it for a couple of years until the band became loose. I didn’t bother to replace the band on the FitBit, so it went into the drawer, too. I now just use my iPhone. My daughter and son-in-law each have an Apple Watch which they rave about, but my iPhone works just fine for me.

18 days ago

haven’t worn a watch since high school (1968).

18 days ago

I have a couple of high end watches I purchased in the military in my travels. Once retired from military I shed the watches. State service didn’t wear a watch. clock on the wall and computer. retired again and done with time except appointment and choses are on my phone. Don’t care about time for it’s mine after all these years. Feels good, very good.

Michael Galvin, PhD
18 days ago

Most digital watches are not Apple, Fitbit, etc.
I wear a Suunto multi-function digital watch.

18 days ago

Took my watch off the day I retired; symbolic of the freedom I felt.

18 days ago

Old fashioned wind-up watch. Can tell time at a glance. Digital – I have to stop and convert, in my head, 10:45 to mean a quarter to eleven. That takes time. I don’t have to find a battery and the darn things cost more than the watch. I am naked without a watch and pocket knife. Pocket knife – that is why I quit flying. No one is getting my pocket knife that I have carried every day since Dad gave my first one at age seven. I wish I still had my first Hopalong Cassidy wrist watch!

David Dougherty
18 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

Interesting.  I also do not fly and would be naked without a vintage knife in my back pocket (50+ years) and a newer, extremely sharp one in my front pocket.  The sharp one is for when I am served an extremely tough steak somewhere and they either give me a plastic knife or a butter knife.  I can cut the steak even if I cannot chew it.  My watch has been in a drawer since I retired; much more fun to guess the time and check with a clock.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
18 days ago

Sandra and I both wear Fitness Trackers that has a time and date function. It also tracks our steps, calories consumed (from the amount of steps taken), monitors our deep and light sleep and our blood pressure. Only on special social occasions will we wear an actual watch. Stay safe, Stay well

Gordy B
18 days ago

It was a rotating door, cell phone came in and watch went out. Phone had time on it so I no longer needed the watch. As a mechanic for many years I went through a couple watches a year.

Roy Davis
18 days ago

I stopped wearing a watch back when I was in studying for my ministry degree. That was when our professor warned about looking at your watch during a counseling session. He said it can make you appear distracted and that you’re not listening. This was part of his, “what can impede effective counselling” lecture.

Michael Galvin, PhD
18 days ago
Reply to  Roy Davis

Best to have a clock you can surreptitiously glance at behind or beside the client .

Jeff Craig
18 days ago

I have an older Fitbit I’ve used for years, after my Microsoft HealthTracker completely fell apart (three months after they stopped support for them….) and I still wear it. The VA has a program with Fitbit that gives you a sweet discount on their gear. You can see what they offer here, but you have to sign up for the program (if you qualify for VA benefits) through your VA account.

Bob M
18 days ago

Can’t do the survey, I wear both a analog and a apple watch depending on whether I’m working around the house or going out.

Gary F Broughton
18 days ago

Retired. Have clock in phone, and wife whom I just bought new watch, if I need to know.