In this 28th episode of Fratello Talks, hosts Lex, Thomas, and RJ discuss useless features in watches. It’s not only about complications that one never uses but also about useless functions, such as a power reserve indicator on an automatic watch or a screw-down crown on a 30m-water-resistant watch (yes, this exists). We also try to come up with features that haven’t been invented yet but would be useful.

Wrist check

For this recording, the guys are wearing a Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 (RJ), an Oris Divers Sixty-Five Momotaro (Lex), and a VPC prototype in 3D-printed steel (Thomas). Lex currently has his Oris on a rubber Tropic-style strap so that his original Momotaro denim strap will remain pristine. This may sound awkward, but he’s leaving for a three-week holiday and doesn’t want to ruin his precious denim strap.

Useless features in watches

A dive chronograph, a hand-wound perpetual calendar, an automatic watch with a power reserve indicator, and a diver’s watch made entirely of sapphire… These are just a few things that don’t make sense to the hosts of this week’s episode. Or how about an entire run-down of all the watch’s specifications engraved in the case back of a watch? As the owner of a watch, you probably know what you’ve bought, right?

The best example we’ve come up with is this Panerai Radiomir Quaranta which has a 30m water resistance rating and features a screw-down crown.

What are some completely useless features for you in a watch? Let us know in the comments below.