I never thought it would happen, but count me in this group. After almost 10 years of mechanicals, I’m converting to just an AW for my daily.
The main reason is a life change, having recently moved from Southern (US) suburbia + car ownership, to Northeast city life + car-free living. This brought a whole host of AW convenience-to-the-point-of-necessity:
1) Previously no one cared about a ringtones and alert tones. Now they are obnoxious to my co-commuters as well as co-workers (including work customers). The AW changes that, with a silent buzz on my wrist.
2) On a packed train or bus, it’s much much easier to glance at an AW than to pull out my phone for every notification. Bonus points for being able to control music and podcast playback from the AW vice iPhone.
3) For urban exploring, walking and transit directions are delivered much more conveniently via AW than having to walk around with the iPhone in hand.
Fitness is the other reason. As some others have said, my job is sedentary. The AW is a great reminder to get up from time to time, take a walk from time to time, and breathe when stressed.
I have tried two-fisting it as Hodinkee suggested. But then my mechanical watch becomes pure jewelry, with the AW obviating the need to even set and wind the mechanical Previously, I did indeed use my mechanical watch to tell the time and date, but the AW does that too, so ... ?
Funny enough, the AW forced me to “Marie Kondo” my collection of mechanicals down to the timepieces that bring me the most joy. Hopefully this will help me regain some AW vice Mechanical watch balance. OTOH, I suspect AW Series 6 will see it become its own device platform, fully independent from the iPhone. I which case, RIP mechanical watches?