The average man did not wear any jewelry during this period, not even a wedding ring. Showy accessories were displayed mostly by members of royal families and the nobility. The average man had no need of such decorations while he plowed the field or sold produce in the town square. The pocket watch changed all that.
The earliest portable timepieces were designed by locksmiths or blacksmiths, since horology was a nascent field at the time. According to watch historians (yes, there are such people), the first pocket watch was introduced in the early 1500s. Powered by weights, these timepieces were notoriously inaccurate and were little more than a curiosity. Men did not buy them in great numbers until the late 17th century.
The spiral balance spring was quite possible the greatest invention in the history or timekeeping. Introduced in 1675, it increased accuracy from fractions of an hour to fractions of a minute. The device was also much smaller than the early technology, which meant that pocket watches became more portable.
Personal timepieces were the hottest gadget of their age. Considered status symbols, men from all walks of life just had to have them. The only problem was that most of them were quite expensive. Their owners even posted rewards in local papers when one was lost or stolen on the street.
The debate over whether or not watches should be considered jewelry has been going on for centuries. After all, timepieces are more than mere ornaments. They actually do something, i.e., keep time. But in our humble opinion, that argument simply doesn’t hold water, at least not today. There are dozens of electronic devices that keep time more accurately than most watches, from cell phones to laptops to tablets. The watch, at least in the modern age, is the male equivalent of jewelry.
Sales of luxury goods took a beating during the Great Recession. But one segment of the market was unaffected. In fact, it flourished! Sales of men’s jewelry have unexpectedly doubted since 2007! Sales of accessories now account for around 20 percent of jewelry expenditures. The reason? Watches are hotter than ever!
The two main types of modern wristwatches are sport and dress watches. The former is generally worn in the great outdoors, while the later is often worn to work. Other than their wedding rings, the wristwatch is typically the only article of jewelry a man feels comfortable wearing. Therefore, most men take their time (no pun intended) when shopping for a new watch.
Obviously, not everyone can afford a these watches. Most of their models cost thousands of dollars, which puts them out of the reach of regular guys. However, there are plenty of well-made watches that can be purchased for a fraction of the price. One unmistakable trend in the men’s watch market is the growing popularity of statement-making timepieces.
There’s no single definition, but these watches tend to be bigger and bolder than average watches. They often have oversized cases and numerous features and functions that set them apart from more pedestrian models. Let us take a moment to discuss two of our favorite statement watches for the summer season.
A big, bold, and undeniable masculine model, the Pro Diver watch is powered by automatic movement. The oversized stainless steel case is 40mm wide and the black dial display features luminous watch hands and hour markers. The stainless steel band is comfortable and eye-catching and closes with a fold-over clasp. Anti-reflective mineral crystal protects the watch in up to 200 meters (660 feet) of water. There is even a handsome date display where the 3 o’clock hour marker would normally be.