Mechanical watch VS smart watch!
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This time, I will explain which is better, a mechanical watch or a smart watch!
What is a mechanical watch?
First of all, let me briefly explain what a mechanical watch is.
A mechanical watch is a watch that is powered by the unwinding force of a mainspring.
Inside the clock, countless fine gears are set, and the power is transmitted to them to move the hands.
For this reason, if oil runs out due to long-term use, something called a time difference will occur.
The time difference means the difference in time, and the accuracy of a clock is based on how much time difference occurs per day, which is called the daily difference.
One of the features of mechanical watches is that they can be used semi-permanently if properly maintained.
What is a smartwatch?
Next, I will briefly explain about smartwatches.
A smartwatch is a high-performance device that can display health care, maps, reply to emails, etc. by linking with a smartphone.
The use of smartphones and applications is very wide, and it is still expanding.
Most of the power is rechargeable, and when the battery life comes, it is necessary to replace the battery or buy a new one.
In addition to the battery, there is also the life of the liquid crystal and the life of the internal machinery, so most people will replace it in about three years.
It has very high functionality and is exactly like a watch-type smartphone.
Comparing the two...
When comparing mechanical and smartwatches, many people think that the highly functional smartwatch wins out.
In fact, in terms of functionality, smartwatches are more versatile.
Now let me explain what the advantages of the mechanical system are.
- Can be used semi-permanently
- Huge difference in resale value
- satisfy the desire for possession
You can use it semi-permanently!
First of all, the advantage of mechanical watches over smartwatches is that they can be used semi-permanently.
Regular maintenance (overhaul) is required, but in theory, if it is well maintained, it can be used semi-permanently.
For example, we sell clocks from the 1940s, and even clocks that are over 80 years old can move within 1 minute per day.
For that reason, there is also a need for regular maintenance by a solid craftsman.
I think that there are people who think that it is cost-effective because it costs money for each maintenance.
In fact, if you overhaul at our affiliated repair workshop, even if it is cheap, the basic fee is about 40,000 yen, which is quite close to the amount you can buy a smart watch.
It is recommended to have an overhaul once every 3 to 5 years, so it is close to the replacement span of smartwatches, and it is slightly inferior to smartwatches that are updated.
However, since it can be used semi-permanently, it has value unique to a thing that remains in shape, such as a souvenir or a transfer to a child.
I think that not only using it but also being able to engrave memories together is an experience that is rarely found in other things.
It can be said that one of the charms of mechanical watches is that they can be used semi-permanently.
Huge difference in resale value
Next is resale value.
Mechanical watches always come with a story of asset value.
That should be it, as mentioned above, mechanical watches are recognized as valuable items, so they are actively bought and sold.
There are many items that have a large initial cost to take out, but many items sell for a high price when they are sold. . .
Even if you buy a watch for 1 million yen, if the purchase price is 800,000 yen, it means that the usage fee was 200,000 yen.
In the meantime, if you replace two smart watches for about 100,000 yen, the price will not change.
If this becomes a 10-year span, the number of smartwatch replacements will increase, so the longer you use it, the higher the resale value will shine.
Of course, if you use it for a long time, it will get scratches, so you may fall asleep depending on the condition of the scratches.
In other words, it is excellent in cost performance to use a model with high resale value cleanly for a long time.
satisfy the desire for possession
The last point is to satisfy the desire to possess.
When you purchase a mechanical watch, there is a tendency to mysteriously satisfy your desire to own it.
"I bought the model of my dreams, so let's do our best at work!"
"I want to wear this watch and have dinner at a restaurant."
And so on, we have a variety of thoughts on our chest.
I'm sure you've heard the phrase "wearing a suit puts you in a good mood", and in fact, I get that kind of opinion about watches as well.
In terms of convenience, denim and a T-shirt are more comfortable, but there are other reasons for wearing a suit.
The same is true for wristwatches, smartwatches are more convenient and comfortable, but mechanical watches are more comfortable.
(Of course, when playing sports, smartwatches may be more emotional...)
For special occasions, a suit should be worn instead of a jersey, and a mechanical watch should be worn instead of a smartwatch.
The evolution of smartwatches in recent years has been very dizzying.
It was already said at the beginning, "Who will put it on?"
Such opinions are already in the minority.
We also thought that the mechanical watch market would be pushed by smart watches, but now we are grateful that we have the opportunity to reaffirm the appeal of mechanical watches. increase.
Based on that, the relationship between mechanical watches and smartwatches is like "leather shoes and sneakers" or "suits and plain clothes".
We believe that it is a better option to use a smartwatch for everyday use and a mechanical watch for special occasions.
Some people like to wear leather shoes on a regular basis, while others love sneakers.
To be honest, I would like to say that the mechanical type is the winner, but if you add the charm of each, it will be a tie.