Men's & Women's Watches

Inspired by ladies bracelets, the wristwatch followed in the footsteps of the pocket watch. Originally considered strictly a ladies accessory, wristwatches gained in popularity after they found a purpose in the military. The transition from women's to men's watches held after World War I as both genders continued to wear the timepieces.

Men's and women's watches can now be found in styles that span a broad spectrum from luxurious to disposable. While longtime fine jewelry designers such as Rolex and Cartier produce costly watches that can run into the thousands, other manufacturers are offering ultra-cheap, trendy timepieces in fashion colors, shapes and styles.

While the outer appearances and materials of watches can vary drastically, the inner workings generally consist of only three types: mechanical, electronic or radio controlled. Mechanical watches are praised for their precise engineering, but ironically are very poor timekeepers. Electronic watches make use of small quartz crystals that provide more stability and accuracy. But radio controlled watches are the clear winners due to their ability to link with an external time source.

From their early beginnings as status symbols for the rich and famous to their incorporation into everyday life, watches now play a dual role as fashion accessories and daily necessities.

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