The Wrist Watch
If there was one piece of jewelry most men couldn’t live without, it would be the wrist watch. Men of all ages and all backgrounds wear watches. The man’s watch has become a permanent fixture on a man’s wrist no matter the occasion. Men wear watches while working out, attending weddings, yard work and even while swimming.
Like many other fashion trends that have remained through the years, the wrist watch was born from men during wartime. During WWI, and at a time when pocket watches were the most common way to track time, it was obligatory that soldiers always knew what time it was.
With evolved tactics and improved strategy on the battlefield, armies were able to more precisely coordinate maneuvers which needed group coordination. With the amount of equipment and layers required for a soldier to wear, a pocket watch was not feasible on the battlefield and it seemed the only practical alternative was to wear as bracelet that had the time on it.
European soldiers were assigned a wrist watch with durable glass and illuminated face in order to see at night. After witnessing the piece of jewelry, civilians from across the globe adopted the accessory due to its practical benefits.
Manufacturers began marketing the device to men by saying that a wrist watch would make a man more “soldier like” and therefore more masculine. It was only a matter of time before it was essential for a man to wear a watch, not in his pocket, but on his arm.
Some of our favorite timepieces of the day are made by our friends over at Throne. The guys at Throne Watches began hand making leather watch bands in the NYC based apartment in 2013 shortly before expanding to the watches themselves. Check 'em out here
and be sure to let them know their friends at Knickerbocker said hello.
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