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Why mechanical rules the wrist

‘Why I choose a mechanical watch over a smart watch when training’


 
BY WILL SATCH
OLYMPIC ROWER
 

A grueling training regime is a crucial part of keeping Will in peak condition, both physically and mentally. But what if the choice of what he wears on his wrist – a mechanical watch, for example – could actually provide a psychological boost?




The majority of ‘serious’ sportspeople nowadays train using a shiny sports or smart watch; some of these people, may even argue that there’s no place for a mechanical watch in training.

However, I’d disagree – my C8 UTC Worldtimer rarely leaves my wrist.

Is this because I like the simple pleasure of glancing at a beautifully engineered watch? Or, perhaps, it’s the sheer presence of the driven mechanical monotony, which is so similar to my sport of rowing.

Aside from the philosophical and aesthetic benefits, a quality mechanical watch is an excellent option in terms of practicality.

The extra weight on my wrist offers reassurance that a robust and sturdy piece of kit is always at hand, which certainly doesn’t need plugging into the mains, or to have its software updated. Whilst we’ve all gone through countless phones, laptops and tablets, my watch has never failed me.




Being a rower, water resistance is also a plus, as is the lume on the dial for any night time training sessions.
 
Aside from the philosophical and aesthetic benefits, a quality mechanical watch is an excellent option in terms of practicality”

Will Satch


More than anything, smart watches will come and go, whilst a Christopher Ward, for me, will never go out of fashion, whilst at the regatta or the gym. I put it on in the morning and I take it off at night, it’s old school and reliable, there until the end – to the very last stroke.

Will is part of the Christopher Ward Challenger Programme. More information can be found here: https://www.christopherward.co.uk/challengerprogramme


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