The dreaded holiday shopping season is officially upon us, and we here at worn&wound are going to do our duty to steer you in the right direction (or give you ideas to steer others towards what you want) with a holiday gift guide. Since in this last year the w&w family has grown to include several great contributors, we thought we’d start a tradition of our own and get each of our writers to send in ideas for both watch related and generally cool gifts.
Bronze watches are increasing in popularity by the day; a trend we are wholeheartedly supporters of. Bronze watches (sometimes brass, and of varying alloys) integrate really well into a watch collection. Usually of the tool watch variety, the warm metal hints at gold, but has a toughness to it that is altogether unique.
For over a decade, four companies – Hamilton, CWC, Newmark, and Precista – supplied simple, sturdy, 30-minute chronographs to the British military. Their classic black, 2-register dials, workhorse Valjoux 7733 movements, and asymmetrical case design led to high usability and keep them popular and influential today.
From the beginning of its existence, the watch has been an information tool, giving its wearer some piece of intelligence that he wouldn’t have on his own. Perhaps nowhere is that truer or better realized than in the military watch.
Wrist watches are naturally quite useful for their intended functions, as we watch-nerds know, especially when you can see them. When it comes to low (or no) light conditions, however, they can get tricky to read. The problem of legibility goes back as far as the history of the wristwatch itself and as technology has evolved, so has the legibility of our watches.
Throughout their development and history wristwatches have evolved to keep up with the needs of the wearers. Wheather that be for diving (water resistance; lume), travelers (dual time zones) or pilots (slide rule) the maufactures have provided timepieces with specific applications to assist certain professions and even protect the watch from potential exposure that may cause the watch harm. One of these elements, that perhaps many of us do not think about, is magnetism.