|1921 gloves for watch-wearing ladies|
Men didn't wear fancy bracelet-watches or wristlet-watches, as they were called. They were strictly for ladies. But then came the First World War; and when you were in combat you didn't want to be carrying a fussy pocket watch and chain. Soldiers improvised their own wristwatches with pocket watches and leather straps. And suddenly, the wristwatch was for everyone.
|Watch ad from 1917|
When I got married, my husband-to-be gave me a beautiful wristwatch with a bracelet of narrow gold pieces linked together. It was simple and elegant - and it suited me perfectly. I loved it, and wore it for many years, but unfortunately one of the chains broke and then life got very very busy (including several moves, and kids, and work - you know the drill). Well, we're still together and I still miss my bracelet watch - and of course we're both still really busy. All the more reason for needing a special timepiece! I'm thinking that it would be such a great anniversary gift for him to get the watch fixed for me. I am going to suggest that to him and I think he'll love the idea. These days I tend to wear inexpensive digital watches but that gold bracelet watch is special. I can't wait to wear it again.
[The WWI watch image is from Wikipedia]