I’ve owned two Pebble smartwatches, the original Pebble and Pebble Time. I found it’s minimal nature appealing. Excellent battery life, and the ability to receive notifications from Android and iPhone. I’m not the type of person who is constantly on my Android phone. But it was annoying to pull out my phone for every alert. I liked the idea of seeing these alerts on my wrist. I was able to triage the ones I needed to deal with then, and leave the others for a later time. I’ve been happy with the Pebble.
My first Pebble was acting a little strange after the warranty period expired. This was a good excuse for me to upgrade to the Pebble Time. After resetting my original Pebble, I gave it to my daughter. It was working, but I didn’t need two Pebbles.
I don’t own an iPhone, so an Apple Watch was out of the question. The Apple Watch is overkill for me. My wife enjoys hers, but for me, less is more.
Pebble announced that FitBit would be buying their “key assets”. But Pebble, as a company, would no longer exist. As of now, there is no support for the product. No further software updates will be issued. I felt a little disappointed. The Pebble fulfilled my smartwatch needs. It did just enough for me, and didn’t cost as much as the competition.
After some thought, I decided that I would follow the same path I took in adopting fountain pens. I would follow suit with my timekeeping. I was going back to a good old-fashioned analog wrist watch.
I remember seeing an article on the Art of Manliness Web site that talked about watches. I was trying to decide what I would buy. What features did I want in an analog watch? What style would I get?
Then I remembered that we might have some old watches from her late father and brother. I asked if we still had them. She went into our bedroom and returned with two boxes.
I found three watches that would still run. Two of them were automatic winders. The third was mechanical. It had to be wound up daily. The idea of a watch that didn’t need batteries appealed to me. Why buy a watch when you already have one that is functional?