Any man can wear a wristwatch, but it takes a special gentleman to understand the merits of owning a pocket watch.
Wristwatches dominate the world of timepieces today. But, the distinguished precursor to the wristwatch, the pocket watch, gave birth to the wristwatch. The first wristwatch, made by Patek Philippe in 1868, graced the royal personage of Countess Koscowicz of Hungary. Still, men found putting a small timepiece on their wrist too feminine; it was like wearing women’s jewelry. Real men abreast of the current fashion owned a pocket watch.
The pocket watch ruled the portable horology world for about 50 years from the 1880’s – 1920’s. In actuality, the wristwatch came about during World War I. Soldiers found it inconvenient not to mention dangerous to pull out their pocket watch to check the time while they were in the trenches. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Soldiers jerry-rigged their pocket watches to fit on their wrists via cupped leather straps. Soldered wire loops replaced the cupped leather straps and wire loops later gave way to the lug. Thus, men found their way into turning the watch into a masculine item.
Fashion has always been a fickle mistress. She favors one thing only to toss it aside for another, and then through her tricky wiles, reaches back to bless one of her original favorites. So it is with the pocket watch. Though wristwatches are still the predominant choice, especially for a first watch, pocket watches have made a comeback. You can find many brands putting them back into production. And, it’s obvious why. A pocket watch makes quite a statement when pulled out of a pocket or removed from a vest pocket on a fob and chain. It can turn any man into a dandy and a representative of fine taste, setting him apart from the crowd.
|Catorex 182.1.1678.420 Armand Cattin Pocket Watch|
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Catorex is a brand that knows pocket watches. Since the company’s founding in 1858, it has been a specialty of the house. Currently Catorex produces 20 models ranging from traditional to modern interpretations. The Armand Cattin Stainless Steel Sunray Sub-Seconds Mechanical Hand-Wind Pocket Watch is a more traditional style. In a stainless steel hunter case, which means it has a lid, the pocket watch is a time only model with sweeping sub-seconds at 6 o’clock. The sleek silver sunray dial features stylized hour markers that add solid character.
Catorex wisely chose to put a mechanical hand-wind movement, the ETA 6498, in the Armand Cattin, keeping in tradition with a pocket watch’s roots. This solid and stately pocket watch comes in a 53 mm diameter and 14 mm profile that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand.
Catorex 182.1.1678.420 Men’s Armand Cattin Stainless Steel Sunray Sub-Seconds Mechanical Hand-Wind Pocket Watch
- Swiss made timepiece
- ETA 6498 mechanical hand-wind movement
- Round silver sunray dial, sweeping sub-seconds
- Mineral crystal
- Stainless steel case with cover, diameter 53 mm, thickness 14 mm
- Stationary stainless steel bezel
- 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
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