Wis Meaning In Watches

What is a “WIS”?

So you’re asking what WIS means in watches?

Answer: W.I.S. is an acronym that stands for Watch Idiot Savant. It is a term used in the watch community (often self-proclaimed) to refer to a watch geek, watch nerd, or overall collector obsessed with watches.

The terms comes from “Idiot Savant” which the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as:

“A person who is highly knowledgeable about one subject but knows little about anything else” –source

A WIS will tell you that they are passionate about watches. They read about watches. They watch watch-related videos on YouTube, listen to watch-related podcasts, they participate in watch forums, and answer questions about watches on WatchFAQs.

WIS people are often socially awkward and cannot relate or carry a conversation with an average person unless the topic is about watches. These people will look at a person’s wrist before anything else and will initiate or avoid engagement based on what they see.

Certain types of WIS can branch off into watch snobbery.

The irony of a WIS is that although some self-proclaimed WIS are know-it-alls, but one can never know everything about watches and there is always something to learn (which is why this site exists).

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