Ever since I was first getting interested in watches I have been obsessed with 'functionality', in inverted commas because this will mean different things to different people. For me it has always been about packing the most useful complications into as small a package as possible. I wear a Citizen BL5250-02L every day and there isn't a situation I have ever been in that isn't covered by the complications. For example, I can view two time zones and store a third and time an event all simultaneously and view it all on one watch face (unlike with some digital watches). And there are various other simultaneous functions I could example.
The other day I woke up, put my watch on and instantly thought this is ridiculous, why do I wear this? I have no need for any of this, I can get by without it. So I put on an old battery powered quartz, Blue Harbour, with a rotating bezel and day/date complication which used to belong to my late father. I rarely wear it as I'm terrified I will lose it or break it (even though I have never lost or broken a watch in my entire life). It's very simple, ever so slightly mis-aligned and has been through everything life can throw at it. It is super comfortable and suits my small wrists.
So I wore that for a week or so. There was not one single time where I thought 'I could really use [insert some complication here], I should have worn my other watch.' But then sometimes when I'm just sat around not doing much I found I missed having all the other functionality sat on my wrist, even if I wasn't using it, even though it is a bigger watch and not as comfortable.
Does anybody change watches sometimes and just miss having the option of all your functionality even if you are not using it? And why do we feel like that?