Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

As much as wristwatches are must-have items in nearly every man’s jewelry wardrobe, it may come as a surprise that men seldom wore watches prior to World War II. During the war, necessity dictated that soldiers, sailors, and pilots wear watches for organizational purposes. The watches of the period were small, simple, easy-to-read models with mechanical systems. Today, these “vintage” wristwatches are collector pieces, particularly those with high-recognition names that are representative of overriding quality and precision. Due to current popular fascination with the period, partly inspired by the TV show Mad Men, vintage-style wristwatches are also very popular. Smaller (33- 36 millimeters in diameter) and simpler (no stopwatch feature) than their modern counterparts, these watches ooze style. Dress up that classic look with a man’s vintage style watch.

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