Company wants you to wear their watch and an Apple Watch at the same time

“The Apple Watch poses a potential problem for traditional watch companies: your wrist is extremely limited real estate,” Darrell Etherington reports for TechCrunch. “It’s something that even smartphone makers don’t face to such an extreme extent, since it’s very possible to carry two phones, even if it’s not the norm, and in fact many people do have one phone for work and one for personal use already.”

“Original Grain, which found Kickstarter success two years ago crowdfunding its stainless steel and natural wood collection of timepieces, is hoping to work together, rather than against the Apple Watch’s momentum with a new collection launching on the crowdfunding site,” Etherington reports. “The Original Grain Barrel is the new lineup, which uses wood reclaimed from whiskey barrels inlaid within a stainless steel structure to build on its now-signature look; the Duo is a special clasp for the Barrel that includes custom lugs for mounting an Apple Watch that then sits on the underside of the wrist, ready for notifications, Apple Pay, and everything else the smartwatch can do.”

Etherington reports, “That’s right – your Apple Watch can reside on the underside of your arm, letting you flip it up to view just as if you were a cool kid from the 90s wearing your Swatch in direct contradiction of the conventional method.”

Read more, and see the photos, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take:

MacDailyNews Take, April 16, 2015:

Here’s what makers of Swiss or any other watches should do: Push the idea of wearing of two watches, one on each wrist or two on one wrist, into vogue. Because once people start using Apple Watch, they aren’t going to want to leave it at home. Ever. They won’t want to go to dinner parties without their Apple Watch. And that’s bad, bad news for watchmakers not named Apple. Watch and see.

And, BTW, as MacDailyNews reader Mac Plus reminds us:

“…The sensors will work only if you wear Apple Watch on the top of your wrist.” – Apple Inc.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Planetary Paul” for the heads up.]


  1. All due respect, but not everyone is sold on the Apple Watch. I only really wear mine when I go out now; it offers nothing to me that my phone doesn’t give me. If it worked as a fitness tracker, I might wear it all the time, but it’s a massive failure in that area.

    1. You do not own an Apple Watch or you don’t know how to use it or you’re an astroturfer paid by Samsung or some other loser company which makes you a loser, too – all due respect, as in none.

      1. And you’re just another abusive commenter who thinks you know everything about other people, and you get your kicks from trying to insult people. I’m rubber, you’re glue.

        1. If you ARE using your Apple Watch correctly you will note that in many situations where you DON’T want to whip your phone out the Watch is able to handle many things much more simply and quicker. Even the basic of just seeing the time is a far easier process than whipping out an iPhone in your pocket. I’ve been delighted in many situations where I couldn’t use my phone the Apple Watch fills in the gap nicely with calls (feeling like Dick Tracy) and messaging. .

          IMHO the Apple Watch fills in and completes the mobile ecosystem circle. Don’t leave home without it. 🙂

    2. Mine has worked great for me as a fitness tracker. Today is the 56th day in a row that I have gone to work out in the morning. My Apple Watch tracks the whole workout, and it inspires me to keep my sitting to a minimum while working. I earned a perfect month award for May, and I’m on my way to earning one for June. I have found that even on the days that I don’t feel like exercising, I still go because I want to meet the goals. Perhaps you should return your Apple Watch since you obviously don’t know how to use it.

      1. Mine doesn’t record distances correctly on indoor walks (which is much of my exercise), the heart rate monitor goes haywire (and this is already a replacement), the calorie count is simply impossible (especially resting calories). It does work on outdoor walks, because the GPS ensures that the distance is roughly correct, but other than that, it’s a failure.

        1. We recently got a Nautilus T616. The watch’s heart rate and distance measurements have been within 1% of the treadmill’s measurements. Calories not so close but not wildly off either.

        2. Maybe kirkmc’s reply doesn’t bring the mac-fans joy, but maybe it’s true…it’s a machine after all and even the best machines have their foibles. The example of an A-watch working well in comparison serves the readers and instructs kirk that’s somethings askew with his and it maybe time to let Apple service the product.

    3. Those little circles on your watch are not the display, those are the sensors and are to be worn face down. The big black surface is to be worn up. Also, you cannot have the sensors over top of your shirt if you want them to work.

  2. I tried to where my watch on the underside of my arm and it would not turn on when I flipped it up. Instead it turned it on when I fliped it down. I did not want to where it like cook kid. I bump my wrist a lot and have damaged other watches. I where glasses and have bad peripheral vision. Watches are easier to read on the underside, especially if you are going to look at them for a long time.

  3. The biggest obstacle for an Apple Watch appearing on my wrist is my Rolex. It isn’t going anywhere. Watch makers should definitely push to make wearing a watch on each wrist envogue. Two watches on one band is a little silly though.

    1. Why don’t you just start wearing one on each wrist?

      If you’re cool enough otherwise, people will notice and you’ll start a fashion trend.

      …or not.


      1. A watch on each wrist completes the geektard pariah uncool look unfortunately. The only watch (as in singular) I would ever consider worth the bother of wearing is the one Apple makes simply because of it’s value proposition. And I have it and love it. Another one of the “hooked” like MDN.

    1. Thank you for this tidbit of info — I’d not, until reading the article, been conscious of the fact that I wear my watch on the underside of my wrist or that that was a 90s “thing”. I do plan on getting an Apple Watch but I guess I’ll need to do a trial before I actually purchase to see how much of a factor this’ll be. Again, thanks, I didn’t even know that this was something I needed to think about.

  4. I think that traditional watchmakers had better hope Apple eventually will allow third parties to sell alternative watch faces in the App Store. And unless it’s sooner than later, they might be out of business before the can rake in 99¢ a pop for a FAKE rendition of what they sell as real today.😜

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