Baselworld was the largest watch show in the world, for almost a century. The show was canceled after the final show in 2019.

The reason for the cancellation had to do with changes in how companies market, the fact that numerous anchor brands left the show, and it was exacerbated by Covid-19, which ultimately sealed its fate. However, it was trending down for years and also being mismanaged so Covid-19 likely accelerated its closure but was not the primary reason the long-running show ended.