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On Apple Watch Ergonomics

Craig Hockenberry:

Apple never adds settings without a good reason. The inclusion of a preference for the crown position is a pretty clear indication that someone important knew that this was an ergonomically superior choice. But it’s also one that goes against horologic convention: Apple’s desire for this device to be visually appealing won out over ergonomics. I’ll be the first to admit that the “reverse crown” looks weird. Luckily, Apple has given us a choice between what works best and what looks best. It’s been several weeks since I made the change and have never once considered changing back to the default setting. I encourage you to give it a try, too.

Indeed, it does look funny with the crown in that position. But is that only because it goes against the convention? Where did the convention come from?

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i believe it comes from the need to pull the crown out to set the watch which must be done with the other hand. It is almost impossible if it's on the other side.

Ask a lefty with a standard watch.

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