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Smartwatch vs. Conventional Wristwatch Watch

by Tiffany YI on September 02, 2022



  • History of the wristwatch
  • Pros and cons of each watch
  • When to use a conventional watch
  • When to use a smartwatch
  • Conclusion


"Time is a precious thing."


That's what the proverb says. Time is the smallest unit in life, a marker of all the moments that occur in our lives. Time reminds us of the moments we went through throughout the day in our lives. It becomes important to know what moments we have passed during the whole day. Watches help us mark and record what work we have done in this life. Talking about timepieces, watches are now a practical choice for us. Regarding watches, at this time, we will be faced with 2 things, whether to choose conventional watches or smartwatches.

History of wristwatch

A long time ago, the watch was invented for ancient explorers needs, as a tool to navigate the oceans. At that time, it was common knowledge that latitude can be determined accurately based on the position of the stars. While longitude, determined based on local time. Meanwhile no timekeepers were discovered, which meant that sea explorers often made mistakes in determining the local time which had a huge impact. One minute's error will result in a deviation of 28 km from the original destination. This has led to the increasing need for precise timekeeping devices.


Over time, a German named Peter Heinlin made the first portable clock, a wristwatch with a spring mechanism. Furthermore, this invention was further developed by Jacob Zech and Gruet by providing resistance to the spring mechanism previously discovered by Heinlin.


Times went by; wristwatches began to be used by European aristocrats around the beginning of the 20th century. The initial idea for wristwatches came from the development of pocket watches, increasing the portability and practicality of pocket watches. Later, the use of watches became increasingly popular among soldiers with the aim of increasing the synchronization of troop maneuvers during the war without potentially revealing plans to the enemy. The use of a watch is considered more practical than a pocket watch when riding a horse on the battlefield.


The first world war paved the way for the mass production of watches. H. Williamson, Ltd. became the first company to seize the opportunity to mass-produce watches. After the world war, more and more military and civilian men were wearing watches. Thus, the use of watches began to develop as part of a fashion trend.


Furthermore, in 1980, the Japanese company, Seiko, created a wristwatch called Data2000 (also known as a pocket calculator) which could input, store and process data (such as mathematical calculation results, memos, and agreement data). Furthermore, smartwatches have grown rapidly since the early 2000s until now.


To equalize perception, let's first differentiate between conventional watches and smartwatches. Conventional watches usually have a mechanical build without an operating system embedded, have limited functionality and the ability to connect with other devices, and do not need to recharge the battery. Meanwhile, smartwatches have the main ability to input, store, and process data (like a minicomputer) and produce the results of data processing into useful information, and can connect and synchronize with other devices.


For example, the Wonlex smartwatch could record (store Heart Rate Monitor, Blood pressure monitor, SpO2 measurements, and Sedentary Reminder data), then connect to smartphone devices and health applications to monitor the user's health indicators.


Smartwatches have various features ranging from health features and complete connectivity features. At the same time, conventional watches are usually limited only to a timepiece. Smartwatches with various features can have a wide range of uses. With the features of monitoring blood pressure, monitoring oxygen levels, and heart rate, a smartwatch can become the leading device in health and a healthy lifestyle. Smartwatches are used in events that are casual to semi-formal. In contrast, conventional watches are usually used for formal occasions to display an elegant and authoritative impression.

Pros and Cons conventional watch vs. smartwatch

To answer this debate, let's look at the reasons why we choose conventional watches and their counterparts, choosing smartwatches.


Using Conventional watch


  • Conventional watches look more elegant and are very suitable to be combined with formal clothes to attend official events.
  • Usually, conventional watches are more durable than smartwatches.
  • Conventional watches are suitable for practical people and simple because conventional watches have a simple interface.
  • Still related to practicality, conventional watch models are usually timeless, not quickly outdated.
  • In terms of craftsmanship, conventional watches usually have a high artistic value so that they will create pride for the wearer. Especially if what is used is a luxury and rare watch.
  • In terms of battery life, conventional watches are far superior to smartwatches. Conventional watch battery life can reach a minimum of 3 years. Even for conventional automatic mechanical watches, they do not require batteries at all, aka they can last a lifetime if they are used frequently.



  • Conventional watches usually cost higher than a smartwatch. This is because the materials used are premium and accompanied by a high craftsmanship process compared to smartwatches. Craftmanship causes an increase in the selling price and artistic value of conventional watches, which influences their high selling value.
  • Conventional watches have limited functionality because they are designed for timekeeping, luxury, style, and sometimes for collectibles items.
  • Less suitable for technology enthusiasts. Due to its limited functionality earlier


Using smart watch


  • The price is more affordable than a conventional watch. Smartwatches emphasize functionality compared to the value of craftsmanship, so it is only natural that the prices attached are mostly cheaper than conventional watches.
  • Smartwatch embeds technology, so it is very helpful for technology lovers in developing their hobbies and productivity. Such as exercising, tracking, goal setting monitoring (such as features on the Wonlex HT200 type smartwatch)
  • Smartwatches can be an option for people who want productivity and multipurpose tools. Suppose you want a timepiece, as well as a health and safety tool. A smart watch like the Wonlex is very suitable for this type of person because it has appropriate features such as 24Hours Heart Rate Monitor, Blood pressure monitor, SpO2 measurements, Sedentary Reminder, and Fall detection as a health and safety feature. Then features - Two-way phone calls, Voice & Text messages, SOS phone calls, and a Remote camera for connectivity with other people.



  • Not suitable for people who like to appear formal. Because most smartwatch designs are casual.
  • Not suitable for people who are not tech-savvy because smartwatches are designed for people who want to integrate technology into their daily lives, making their lives easier with the inclusion of technology.

So, smartwatch or conventional watch?

So, smartwatch or conventional? We think it depends on the situation. We can have both. Let's check it out:

  • If you want to attend a formal meeting, use a conventional watch instead of a smartwatch. Because using a conventional watch will make us looks elegant, classy, and charming. Meanwhile, if you attend a more casual event, you can wear a smartwatch like the Wonlex smartwatch, which has a catchy, sporty, and cool design. So, it really supports our trendy and casual appearance. Wonlex smartwatch has a variety of trendy models, so that we have many choices to determine which model suits our character.
  • If you are a dedicated collector, choose conventional watches. Because conventional watches have high artistic value, timeless models, guaranteed durability, and invaluable craftsmanship.
  • If you want to increase your productivity at work while increasing connectivity with your co-workers, choose a smartwatch. But if you want to be alone, and enjoy special moments with the closest people in a calm state, you can wear a conventional watch.


So, we can end the debate regarding conventional watches vs. smartwatches with a win-win solution. We can choose and adjust to our situation and condition. If you want to look classy, ​​more formal, and look authoritative, just wear a conventional watch. If you want to increase productivity, increase connectedness at work, or record indicators of your body's health, a smartwatch will be the better option. The Wonlex smartwatch provides everything we need in terms of productivity, features that support a healthy lifestyle, and to support our casual and trendy styles.



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