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Old 22 September 2018, 08:54 AM   #1
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Rolex and the Apple 4

I own a number of quality watches; my favorite among them is my Everose/SS Datejust 41 for the many reasons others and I on this Forum have previously -- and repeatedly -- stated.

The newly-announced Apple 4 watch offers a number of health-related functions (EKG, falling monitor, etc.) which, frankly, I find quite appealing -- especially since I am in my 70s and currently take several medicines for maintaining my cardiovascular system in fully-functioning condition. And so, I tried out on my wife and son the idea of wearing my various mechanical watches on my left wrist and keeping the Apple 4 as a permanent daily fixture on my right wrist. Each of them articulated a strong veto of my proposal, essentially because both felt it would make me look like a "dork".

Consequently, I find myself wrestling with a dilemma -- style (Rolex, etc.) over substance (health monitoring, mainly).

The thoughts of other mechanical watch lovers are welcome!
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:16 AM   #2
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I bought the first version and sold it a month later.
I ended up buying the third version due to having some gift cards that got it for me for free.
I seldom use it. While yes, great health benefits, as I approach 60, I want to enjoy what I worked hard for and have always admired, fine watches.
I just can’t find the time, other than maybe when I work out, to take any wrist time away from a Breitling or a Rolex, over an Apple Watch.
That said, we are all different. To each their own.
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:18 AM   #3
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I have wrestled with this bought as well. I love My Rolex and want it as my one and only. However, like you the health benefits of the Apple 4 are awesome. Plus it makes and takes calls, the Rolex doesn’t. So it is practical. Everyone I have asked has also said”no don’t do it”. But I see nothing wrong with wearing a fitness watch on steroids on my right arm and Rolex in the left. There was a similar thread to this a few days ago and most men said yes, it’s ok, it’s the future and I agree. One is a piece of jewelry and the other is a heath necessity.
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:21 AM   #4
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I used the third version twice then it’s sitting in some drawer collecting dust!
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:23 AM   #5
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This “health” excuse is rubbish. If you are truly sick and require constant monitoring then you would be given a profesional medical monitoring device. Even Apple has a disclosure in the manual that it is not a medical device. Apple brainwash 101 to make you feel good about wearing their gadget.
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:25 AM   #6
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:29 AM   #7
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My Apple Watch versions 1, 2, and 3 replaced my Explorer II for a few years, then in July while I was in an AD I saw an 116660 Blue-D, and immediately ordered a 126660 Blue-D, been wearing it since August 4.

I can not imagine putting on another Apple Watch until there's a medical necessity and a constant display function. By then, I hope double wristing has achieved general acceptance.
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:29 AM   #8
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If I recall, a few years ago Tag Heuer came out with an "Apple-like" watch that could be changed back to a "normal" watch by putting a mechanical movement in. The idea seems to have fallen into a black hole.
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:37 AM   #9
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If I recall, a few years ago Tag Heuer came out with an "Apple-like" watch that could be changed back to a "normal" watch by putting a mechanical movement in. The idea seems to have fallen into a black hole.
There have been a few attempts to combine a Smart Watch with a traditional Mechanical Watch....All have been utter failures.
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:45 AM   #10
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You could include it in a rotation of your other fine watches and see if it finds a more permanent home on your wrist. Or wear during the week and your mechanicals on the weekend. Although I'm in my 70's as well and only occasionally going to church differentiates the weekend. :-) I think a new Apple watch may have tremendous toy value though. I still enjoy toys!!
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:51 AM   #11
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I usually wear a watch on my left wrist and a fitbit on my right.

Wear both my friend, who cares what people think...

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Old 22 September 2018, 09:55 AM   #12
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This “health” excuse is rubbish. If you are truly sick and require constant monitoring then you would be given a profesional medical monitoring device. Even Apple has a disclosure in the manual that it is not a medical device. Apple brainwash 101 to make you feel good about wearing their gadget.
Maybe with the first version, but Apple got FDA approval for both the ECG and detecting irregular heartbeats in the newest version. Plus, the new "fall detection" is fantastic for older wearers.

Frankly, I'm shocked this thing has an ECG already, and it shows where the future lies for these things. I'm only 41, so I'm not super concerned yet, but I don't think I'll be much older when I'll consider something like this as mandatory, especially considering they'll keep improving and adding health features. I'm thinking about buying them for both of my 70+ year old parents.

When I do wear one full time some day, there's no way I'm double wristing. Mechanical watches are fun, but there's no reason to have a redundancy with a less accurate curiosity. That's like towing around a Porsche 911 with your Tesla.
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Old 22 September 2018, 09:58 AM   #13
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I usually wear a watch on my left wrist and a fitbit on my right.

Wear both my friend, who care what people think...

My two cents
I agree.
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Old 22 September 2018, 10:10 AM   #14
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One watch at a time for me. I wear my Apple Watch at the gym and around the house. I’m lucky that I work from home. So my Apple Watch alerts me when someone is at the front door with a delivery, rings when my phone isn’t near, and tracks my fitness goals. I wear my Rolex and Breitlings when I’m out and about....shopping, dinner, drinks and a night out. And on occasion I’ll wear one around the house. Hard to ignore the benefits and functionality of today’s smart watches....
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Old 22 September 2018, 11:00 AM   #15
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I’m likely getting one soon. I like how convenient it is to sync all my apple devices. And given the fact that I’m in the military, it’s impractical to wear a sub or something.
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Old 22 September 2018, 11:49 AM   #16
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If you are in your 70s and care what people think... well...

My automatics will share time on my left wrist, and I hope to add two more to the rotation in the next year.

My Stainless Steel/Milanese Loop Series 4 Apple Watch will be on my right wrist until the day the next one ships.
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Old 22 September 2018, 12:04 PM   #17
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this “health” excuse is rubbish. If you are truly sick and require constant monitoring then you would be given a profesional medical monitoring device. Even apple has a disclosure in the manual that it is not a medical device. Apple brainwash 101 to make you feel good about wearing their gadget.
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Old 22 September 2018, 12:16 PM   #18
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I have a Daytona C, Batman, another GMT, and a DeepSea - and I just ordered the Apple 4 while I have two more Apple Watches already. It is ok to have Rolexes and Apple Watches.

Now, in my humble opinion, the Tag Heuer Connected, which I have had also, is not that great.
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Old 22 September 2018, 12:17 PM   #19
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i’d like to see apple offer a fitbit-like product with a curved display. That way you could have the notifications and health benefits without committing to a watch. I can justify mechanical watch + apple “wrist band”, but not double watches. So for now, i wear the apple watch 1.5 hours a day, while working out...and no more than that.
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Old 22 September 2018, 12:24 PM   #20
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I never considered an Apple Watch until the released the series 4. I plan to pick mine up next weekend and will wear it when I exercise or do outdoor activities.

You have to think of it not as a watch, but a tool e.g fitness tracking and alerts. I hope to use it quite often


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Old 22 September 2018, 12:25 PM   #21
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Just do like Buzz Aldrin!!!
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Old 22 September 2018, 12:38 PM   #22
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I recently reviewed the Apple Watch Series 4 and have been incredibly impressed. Wearing both can be an option but to be honest both serve different purposes. Who cares what others think. Just do it.
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Old 22 September 2018, 12:41 PM   #23
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If I recall, a few years ago Tag Heuer came out with an "Apple-like" watch that could be changed back to a "normal" watch by putting a mechanical movement in. The idea seems to have fallen into a black hole.
The Tag Connected watch sold well beyond expectations, and Tag added a second size and a bunch more customization options in response to the demand. It's widely considered one of Jean-Claude Biver's big wins. So, I dunno how much of a hole it fell into.

And on topic... The problem with using the Apple Watch as a fitness tracker is that it looks like a watch. Stick a slim Fitbit on your off-wrist and it's just a bracelet -- you can keep wearing your favorite mechanical timepiece in its usual place. Of course, none of the other fitness trackers has the scope of capabilities that the Apple Watch does (and shouldn't, given the price difference), but I think a fitness-tracker bracelet on your other arm is still a good compromise.
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Old 22 September 2018, 12:47 PM   #24
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Few people in the office I work in wear an automatic watch of one brand or another on one wrist and an Apple Watch on the other. . . I have never heard a comment from anyone other than the WIS . . And those have mainly been in favor of the automatic watch.


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If you can not at 70 years old do what you want, when? put your rolex and your apple watch at the same time! You do not need permision!!l!
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Just do like Buzz Aldrin!!!
There may be no greater example of not giving one ....thing...about what someone else thinks.

We talk about tool watches a lot on this forum, and frankly lament the passing of Rolex as a true “tool watch” . The Apple Watch is a useful tool. If you like both - wear both.
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Old 22 September 2018, 01:11 PM   #27
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exactly.... two wrists for a reason
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I own a number of quality watches; my favorite among them is my Everose/SS Datejust 41 for the many reasons others and I on this Forum have previously -- and repeatedly -- stated.



The newly-announced Apple 4 watch offers a number of health-related functions (EKG, falling monitor, etc.) which, frankly, I find quite appealing -- especially since I am in my 70s and currently take several medicines for maintaining my cardiovascular system in fully-functioning condition. And so, I tried out on my wife and son the idea of wearing my various mechanical watches on my left wrist and keeping the Apple 4 as a permanent daily fixture on my right wrist. Each of them articulated a strong veto of my proposal, essentially because both felt it would make me look like a "dork".



Consequently, I find myself wrestling with a dilemma -- style (Rolex, etc.) over substance (health monitoring, mainly).



The thoughts of other mechanical watch lovers are welcome!


Would you be happy wearing the Apple Watch everyday and saving your mechanicals for weekend nights?
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Old 22 September 2018, 05:21 PM   #29
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loads of improvement in the series 4.. very impressive piece.
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Maybe with the first version, but Apple got FDA approval for both the ECG and detecting irregular heartbeats in the newest version. Plus, the new "fall detection" is fantastic for older wearers.

Frankly, I'm shocked this thing has an ECG already, and it shows where the future lies for these things. I'm only 41, so I'm not super concerned yet, but I don't think I'll be much older when I'll consider something like this as mandatory, especially considering they'll keep improving and adding health features. I'm thinking about buying them for both of my 70+ year old parents.

When I do wear one full time some day, there's no way I'm double wristing. Mechanical watches are fun, but there's no reason to have a redundancy with a less accurate curiosity. That's like towing around a Porsche 911 with your Tesla.

Surely you mean the 993?

But then again...
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