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The wristwatch really caught on during WWI (circa 1917) where the cheap watches soldiers had the same needs as Dumont… a convenient timekeeping apparatus that didn’t need to be pulled out of a pocket during stressful action times. Finally, it became not only convenient, but more importantly, fashionable, for men to wear something on their wrists. Thus the Golden Age of the wristwatch began. And it was good.Things moved forward rather predictably in wristwatch design…. since the mechanical movements were mostly round miniature pocket watch movements, this android tablet PC movement shape dictated the case design…”form follows function”: the mantra of the Art Deco era in the 1920’s. But, innovators like the Gruen watch company, and Bulova Watch Company, began to design and engineer rectangular shaped mechanical movements, thus opening up more design avenues for square and rectangular shaped watches. For the next 30 or 40 years the ainol tablet watch industry made their collective living off wristwatches in the round, square, and rectangular variations of this design theme. Interestingly, from Mini Speaker a modern point of view, these watches seem “tiny”. The round shapes were around 28 to 32mm, and the rectangular and squares were in the 26 to 29mm average range. As you can see in the below picture, a Bulova rectangular shaped movement is dwarfed by the Panerai (44mm). The movement, which takes up most of the case, only measures 25mm x 17mm.The Evolution Of Wristwatch Sizes watch styleAnd when the movement is placed back in the watch (below), it Ainol Novo7 Venus still only measures 29mm x 20mm, and looks like a “coffee table” for the Panerai. Also pictured is the quintessential dress watch from the 1970’s and 1980’s, The Rolex 18kt gold Cellini, which measures a whopping 31.5mm diameter. This watch belongs to a friend of mine who got it as a graduation gift from college. When I put this on my wrist, I feel like I’m wearing a child’s toy watch! The Evolution Of Wristwatch Sizes watch styleIronically, in the 1970s, all hell broke loose for the established watch industry. The Japanese Quartz revolution won over kids watches audiences far and wide, and the Swiss and American watch industries began a slow, descent into oblivion. Ironically, the Japanese Quartz explosion didn’t get very creative with watch design. They kept the same tired designs of the mechanical - round, square, rectangular – 32 to 34mm. The one interesting blip came from the Digital tattoo supply companies like Pulsar. The Pulsar Digital watch, although it had a rectangular shape, bore no resemblance to the watches of the past. And I can honestly say, it was the low point in watch design, although some people thought it was a fantastic design… probably the same people who thought polyester leisure suits looked fashionable.And then nothing really happened until the mid 1980’s when something very unusual transpired. Cartier released a watch that was big. Not just big, 38mm big. This was a very important concept for the modern watch experience…the bigger the watch, the bolder the statement. Up until this dianshang time, the average watch size in round cases was 32 to 34mm. With the realization that the public would buy “oversize” watches, the watch companies realized that they had a whole new, very receptive, audience to sell to…they could sell their existing designs in big sizes. It was like the record companies realizing that they could sell the old vinyl record versions of albums all over again in CD formats…it was like striking gold in their own backyard.The JLC Reverse became the “Reverso Grande Taille”. 745TDBanty 130809

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