I don’t think I’m the minority opinion here. If, by some miracle, we were able to get access to an apples-to-apples comparison – say, the sales figures for the Rolex no-date Submariner versus the date version – I suspect that the latter would far outstrip the former. And I, for one, don’t think that watch brands, who are in the business of selling watches after all, should acquiesce to a small but vocal lobby of no-date purists to the detriment of the many for whom this little window offers genuine, if occasional, functionality… More here.
Personally, I prefer to wear a watch without a date window purely because of the symmetry this offers, but I constantly find that I can lose track of the date without one. It is surprising just how much I check the date on a watch when one is present. Not sure what the answer is here.