2y ago


Didn't see a watches Tribe around so figured I may as well bodge one together. Watches and cars seem to have a natural affinity and the Three Amigos who kicked this place off have all sported interesting watches on screen down the years. Personally I'd be a James May fan as his can often go beyond the obvious and fashionable. He gives good wrist.

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  • First post would be from the very early days of the man's wristwatch itself. Wristwatches for men are about the same age as the motorcar and both have often been evolved further by war. The Great War of 1914-1918 was one such driver of horology.

    Before the war wristwatches were almost exclusively seen as an item for the ladies and had rarely been offered for the gentleman. At least in civilian life, where the pocket watch was the thing. The first real use of the "Wristlet" for men had been in the Boer War(1899-1902). Mostly these were in the form of small pocketwatches slotted into leather adaptor straps, but some wristwatches were produced in small numbers. The Great War changed all that.

    The three examples above range in age from 1912 on the left to 1916 for the other two. Two Longines and one originally sold by Mappin & Webb of London. The two on the right have come to be known as "Trench Watches" and follow a general design. 31-36mm in width, enamel dials with small soldered lugs to attach a strap, radium hands and numerals for luminescence and often made of silver. The Mappin is a half hunter design as a protection against damage and "shrapnel". The cover flips up to allow a better look at the dial. All are 15 jewel movements. The middle Longines is one of the most reliable and accurate timekeepers I own. Not too bad for a century old.

    2 years ago


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