Everything we wear goes through fashion trends. The jeans that were popular to wear in the 70s went out of style in the 80s and the 90s and now are coming back into fashion. At one time it was all the rage for men to wear polyester leisure suits and today most men would rather wear a ladies dress than one of these items. Jewelry also goes through trend cycles.
Women’s watches were rarely seen in the 1950s and when ladies did wear these items they usually wore the type that has a leather strap like a belt to fasten them to the wrist. The items were rather plain and the wrist bands were generally black or brown in color.
In the 70s it was popular to wear things that had shapes like owls and many ladies had women’s watches that dangled from a chain around their neck and the timepieces were in the belly of a trinket shaped like this bird of prey.
In the 80s and 90s women’s watches underwent a transformation that turned them into works of jewelry art. Suddenly the wrist bands were made from precious metals like gold and silver. These wristbands were made up of links like chains and they were often in the shape of hearts, ovals, and stars. The pieces were unique because of their bands, and their face plates.
The face plates had diamonds in place of numbers on them. Mother of pearl was used on a lot of the face plates and you frequently saw timepieces that had no numbers, just hands. The plates on these items started to be colored brightly and many cartoon characters were used on them to give them a whimsical appearance.
At one time it was popular for a lady to own several different women’s watches. She would decide which timepiece to wear just like she chose her handbag, her clothes, and her other accessories. The pieces of jewelry were not always worn on the wrist either.
Having these items fashioned into necklaces was very popular. Some ladies even carried the old pocket style pieces like gentlemen once carried. Earrings were designed to have these items in them and so were lockets. There was no end to the jewelry pieces that could have a timepiece inserted into it. The brooch was a magnificent place for a small clock to be hidden away. Women’s watches have been around since the 20s and 30s.