Before the nineteen twenty’s era, when wrist watches were not popular, most of the available watches were pocket watches. These often had heavy covers and were carried around in pockets. They had a chain attached to them known as a watch fob. In the early nineteen hundreds, the wristwatch which was originally known as a wrist-let; it was meant for women only and taken more as a passing craze than a helpful and serious time piece. Real gentlemen in that era were quoted as announcing that they would sooner wear skirts than wear wristwatches. They wore their time pieces in the pockets. This mentality changed during the First World War since soldiers in battlefields realized using pocket watches proofed impractical and so they cupped the pocket watch to the wrists using leather straps.
In the modern times, many inexpensive or medium priced watches mainly used for time telling, are electronic with quartz movements. More expensive and collectable watches, like blum lux watches, are valued mostly for the workmanship and aesthetic appeal that they display rather than for simple timekeeping duties and more often than not, have entirely mechanical movements which are powered by springs. Owners of these types of antique watches know that mechanical movements are not as accurate as the more affordable quartz or electronic movements.
In addition to keeping time, most pieces today often present the year, month as well as the day. It is not unusual to come across a watch that has other additional time-related features which include chronographs, alarms and timer function. Further, some modern designs of watches go as far as proving GPS or the Global Positioning System technological facility which is convenient for travelers.
Wrist watches had often been used for their fashion qualities. People all over the world have appreciated them as collectible works of art and jewelery as opposed to mere time pieces. This has expanded the marketability for watches which range from very inexpensive watches to extremely dear watches that are taken to be mainly personal adornment like jewel bearings that hold gemstones. The inexpensive watches are also very accurate in their time keeping.
In the traditional sense, men’s watches that are appropriate for all functions which are business or informal purposes, semi formal or semi-casual purposes or entirely formal wear are thin, plain simple and golden. However, recent conflation in dressing and elaborate, high price has to the notion among some socialites that expensive, complicated, rugged and sports watches are becoming fashionable due to their expense.
Many watch producing companies specialize in either simple or complicated watch markets. In the early 1980’s a Swiss organization employed graphic designers who re-designed a totally new annual collection made of non-repairable watches. Other companies specialize in more rugged but highly reliable watches for aviation and sport use. Other companies still, specialize in affordable watches with multifunctional features. It is worth noting that counterfeit watches in the market that ape the more expensive fashion watches are known to cost the watch making industry about one billion dollars every year.