I’m going through a rough-patch. And so they say time marches on, heals all wounds, will tell, waits for no one, and so on and so forth forever and ever ad infinitum/nauseam. Anyway, to help the time pass and keep these helpful sentiments in the forefront of my arsenal, I’ve procured myself a new companion:
My new buddy, a World War I trench watch c.1915 – Swiss made. Runs strong. It’s a manual watch
so it took some violent shaking and a few what ARE you doing looks to get it moving, but (see comment below!) and it’s running great and the pitter-patter of its little watch heart offers just a little bit of comfort right now.
What’s more about this piece outside of its every perfect little detail is that it is an earlier example of the mens wristwatch. Prior to World War I, wristwatches were considered a ladies fashion statement – gentlemen preferred pocket watches. During the war and inter-war years, wrist watches were adopted by officers and soon the world over. As the story goes, the first wristwatch worn by a man was developed in the early 1900’s for a pilot who found the pocket watch impossible for flight. He asked his friend Louis Cartier to help him out with that.
I’ve been looking for the perfect vintage military watch for years. Goes to show that you never have to settle for the price in the boutique window – get creative and find the people who those people go to and get a nice price that won’t break the bank. Stop at nothing! Time, after all, is on our side.