There's something about mechanical devices
When you look at a digital device, you don't see anything. Oh, yes, you see the chip, but you don't have any inkling as to what's happening inside. There might be enough going on to keep dozens of engineers busy for a lifetime, but you can't see it. All you see are electrical connections going in, and electrical connections going out.
A few weeks ago, I had need for a a small audio amplifier. No, I didn't build it with mechanical components, or even vacuum tubes. I built it of discrete components and transistors. I took a picture of it. It was beautiful. You could look at it, and if you had a bit of training, you could see what was happening, and understand the signal flow.
Maybe that's one of the reasons that "steam punk" is so popular these days. Those old machines had souls. Rough, hard, mechanical souls, but they had real character. No I'll never be wealthy enough to own a beautiful machine like a Rolex, but I wish I were. The elegance of the parts working together in harmony can stir an engineer's soul. I hope enough people wealthy enough to afford these gems will stay interested so that these wonderful machines don't fade into history.