Eventually locksmiths dominated the trade as brass, silver and gold were used to replace steel.Also "miniaturization" slowly swept the trade, and locksmiths were more adept at the fine work required.By the late 1930's mens watches were more masculine. This was made possible by the advent of square movements.
weight that traveled 32 feet - and it only had an hour hand (as did all clocks in those days).A hand-held timepiece was a ridiculous thought at that time. This is probably the most common question watch collectors have.Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.The Bulova and Hamilton stepped cases shown here on the left are a perfect example of this.
Men were preferring tank watches, however only round movements were available, therefore the case was stepped to accomodate the movement and make the watch APPEAR to be square. Even though watches were fairly small back then, the designs were bold and more masculine than before. A few words that sum up the 1950's are Futuristic, Automation, and expressive.The reason: There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years.Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.Some companies (as with the Gruen Watch Company), even lost rocords to fire or other natural disaster. I am sure they had no idea that their timepieces would someday be collected.There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made.Note the thick hands, engraved patterns and bold design of all of these watches.