It's a full 5 days after the first Apple Watches started showing up. I was in Japan traveling when the pre-orders started. I remember right about midnight Pacific Time thinking 'I'm going to sit this one out'.
There are a lot of reasons I don't want the watch.
- I spend a lot of mental energy trying to remain focused. I have enough things distracting me, and enough self-help systems from my Mac and my iPhone 6 (plus). I don't need more distractions.
- I love my Omega Seamaster. I've owned it since 1999, and it powers itself, thanks to some 16th century monks' inventions. That's how Dad did it, that's how American does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far.
- The watch is ugly. I'm not the least sorry to say, it's not a good looking watch. The Japanese called, and they want their 1980s calculator otaku wristwatch back.
Then my friend called me today from his watch. Actually, he called me back just to show me how well it worked. Thanks, David. At that moment every mutant nerd chromosome in my body fired simultaneously. I must have it.
I continue to both love and hate the fact that Apple is nailing it. And it's almost hilarious to me that the industry has been listening to really loud rumors for two years about the forthcoming Apple watch, and now it's like every predecessor doesn't even exist. Apple is already a decade ahead of them, even with the bugs.
I admit it. The watch is actually pretty cool.