What’s the one accessory that transcends time itself? A watch, silly! Okay, bad fashion joke, however what’s not bad is sporting a killer timepiece that can transcend your look from average to awe-worthy. A recent study from Business Insider shows that the first (of nine) things that a person judges another person by is their handshake. And what does one notice when shaking hands? A watch! Forbes also impresses the importance of the watch in their article “5 Ways to Make a Killer First Impression,” stating that “Clothes, make-up, jewelry, watches and shoes are all types of ornamentation and people definitely take these into account when making initial judgments… For many men, they do not realize that their watch can say a lot about them. For women, purses and large earrings or jewelry *(such as watches) can also indicate a lot to a new person they are meeting. Make sure that what you are wearing…says what you want it to say to the people you are meeting for the first time.”
Watches as we know them (those worn on the body) were first invented in the late 1400’s by Peter Henlein of Germany, though many believe the origin of the word “watch” comes from England because it was used for watchmen to keep track of their shifts. The watches worn during this period were powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears and then moved the hands, thus keeping time with a rotating wheel known as a “balance wheel.”
The 1960s was a revolutionary time as the “Quartz” watch was invented. Instead of keeping time on a balance wheel it ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.
Below I have compiled a wide variety of watches, some old, some new, some yellow, some blue, that are categorized into appropriation of gender and generation. Per usual, I always try to include a wide spectrum of price ranges so there is usually something affordable for every budget. As they say “time heels all wounds and time wounds all heels,” so kick up your shoes and shop for a watch!