Hybrid smartwatches will make up 40% of total sales in five years

Looks like Fossil et al are on the right track
Hybrid smartwatch sales to shoot up

Hybrid smartwatches, you know - the ones with no digital screen, will account for almost 40% of all smartwatch sales within the next five years.

That's according to Juniper Research's latest report, Smartwatches: Trends, Vendor Strategies & Forecasts 2017 - 2021, which says that multifunction smartwatches - the Apple Watches, Samsung Gear S3 and Android Wear watches - are the most "visible" but the market has consolidated.

Pebble and Vector have been acquired by Fitbit and there's no room for the likes of Motorola and Huawei.

Read this: The best hybrid smartwatches for 2017

It forecasts just 60 million smartwatch sales for 2021 (revised down) but says that smart analogue hybrids will make up nearly 40% of the market value within five years, up from the current 30%.

We placed designer hybrids pretty high in our list of predictions for how 2017 will play out and also investigated whether this category could save Fossil financially.

Juniper names Apple, Fitbit, Samsung, Tag Heuer and Fossil as the initial winners in both smartwatches with screens and hybrids. We'd also add the Nokia-owned Withings and the Swiss cohort of Mondaine, Frederique Constant though none will trouble the big tech companies and watchmakers.

Do you own a hybrid watch? What do you want to see next for these devices?


9 Comments

  • qqq says:

    Very correct,

  • Arnel_Manalad says:

    I love Fossil! i have about 12 watches and 10 are Fossil.

    I do not wear it at work as it might look cheap but, am waiting for the smartwatches and will buy them.

    Nel

  • Ziggyzap says:

    Why would any person want a wrist-worn fully electronic device that mimics a mechanical watch that predates electronics? That's dumb. Just be aware that the Apple Watch and similar devices are NOT watches as such. Among their many functions and applications, they happen to tell the time. Calling such a device a smartwatch is like calling a Cray computer a smartcalculator.

    Mechanical watches had to have hands on a spindle to indicate the time. Sure, they became more complex, but still had to keep to much the same methods because of mechanical constraints. But the Apple Watch and similar wrist-worn devices don't have to do this and they can display time in many more useful ways - but do a damn sight more than any mechanical watch.

    But if we are talking timekeeping, then I can say with all certainty that my $500 Apple Watch keeps far better time than the most expensive tourbillon-equipped watch. For instance, the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon costs $1.3 million, yet my Apple Watch will do everything that this watch will do and a hell of a lot more - and also is a more accurate timepiece.

    The days of the analogue mechanical watch and its electronic imitators will be over, once people realise that wearing a device on their body that doesn't do much is a bit of a waste, when they can wear a multifunction tool that is capable of enhancing their lives and not just telling the time and being a stopwatch.

  • Ziggyzap says:

    Why would any person want a wrist-worn fully electronic device that mimics a mechanical watch that predates electronics? That's dumb. Just be aware that the Apple Watch and similar devices are NOT watches as such. Among their many functions and applications, they happen to tell the time. Calling such a device a smartwatch is like calling a Cray computer a smartcalculator.

    Mechanical watches had to have hands on a spindle to indicate the time. Sure, they became more complex, but still had to keep to much the same methods because of mechanical constraints. But the Apple Watch and similar wrist-worn devices don't have to do this and they can display time in many more useful ways - but do a damn sight more than any mechanical watch.

    But if we are talking timekeeping, then I can say with all certainty that my $500 Apple Watch keeps far better time than the most expensive tourbillon-equipped watch. For instance, the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon costs $1.3 million, yet my Apple Watch will do everything that this watch will do and a hell of a lot more - and also is a more accurate timepiece.

    The days of the analogue mechanical watch and its electronic imitators will be over, once people realise that wearing a device on their body that doesn't do much is a bit of a waste, when they can wear a multifunction tool that is capable of enhancing their lives and not just telling the time and being a stopwatch.

    • mishac says:

      As a tech head I enjoy the ability to wear a mechanical analogue watch 24 hours a day, without any chance that said watch will interrupt me with notifications! I certainly don't want to carry a "multifunction tool" just to tell the time, and such a tool wouldn't "enhance my life" one bit. The analogue watch will be with us forever because it ISN'T a tool. Some of us also like the classy simplicity of a good analogue watch.

  • ausnew says:

    Not many people get it, the Apple Watch is a screen and keyboard for running apps on it and the phone. Trying to compare a mechanical watch to an Apple Watch is ridiculous. Anyone who tries to bring out electronic devices that don't run USEFUL apps and trying to mimic a mechanical watch is doomed to failure.

  • Rod says:

    I just want a smart watch that tells me the time without all that other garbage

  • iampedropiedade says:

    Mechanical watches pass on from generation to generation,  some with increased value and beauty. All existing Apple watches will be junk in no more than 10 (?) years. And I mean complete electronic waste. Only a few will be saved as tech memorabilia.

    Different concepts altogether. 

  • Sds says:

    I have hesitated a long time about buying a smartwatch. I just didn't like the idea of charging a watch on a daily basis. 

    Then came pebble.. better standby time..but not that much, and wasn't very beautiful.

    Now I bought me a calendar whatch from what watch. This is the kind of hybrid watch I really like.

    Very happy with my choice. It's a beautiful timepiece, with limited smartwatch functionality and great battery life

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