And now for something completely different. For anyone who has read any of my articles here, or seen my feed on Instagram, it’s plain to see that I favor mostly divers, chronographs and other watches from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. However, what first drew me to vintage watches were the incredible Art Deco and Machine Age designs of the 1930’s.
Companies like Waltham, Elgin, Gruen, Bulova and Hamilton produced an amazing array of stunningly designed watches. The cases ranged from simple Streamline to intricately engraved and enameled designs, to the dramatic stepped cases that took their styling cues from the skyscrapers in big cities like New York and Chicago. I started out my WIS journey collecting these beautiful creations from the 1930’s, and really enjoyed them.