I'm calling the U.N.
I agree. I seem to have observed brush knots increase in size along with watches, to sizes that would not long ago have been considered absurd. I wonder what it says about the psychology of the modern male. Perhaps I am over thinking it.I've owned wristwatches from the '20s, '30s and '40s that ranged in diameter from 26 to 32 mm. Watches really did not start getting bigger (36 mm) until the late '50s. By the time 2000 rolled around, watches were getting out of hand, with many in excess of 45 mm. Fortunately, that trend now seems to be slowing with slightly smaller, more refined watches coming to market.
I wonder if it is not a combination of factors.I agree. I seem to have observed brush knots increase in size along with watches, to sizes that would not long ago have been considered absurd. I wonder what it says about the psychology of the modern male. Perhaps I am over thinking it.
Interesting ideas but I was thinking more along the lines of young men these days feeling in some way emasculated, and lacking ways to express their, possibly what they are told is toxic, masculinity. In the office where I work I have never seen so many young men who are ridiculously over muscled and obsessed with body image in what I consider is an unhealthy way. This is not fitness it is purely extreme bulking up. Local news reports suggest rapidly increasing use of steroids amongst young men and all the social and mental problems that accompany it. They never seem satisfied, are very insecure, and..... they wear massive watches. It is very sad indeed. Like I say, perhaps I am over thinking it.I wonder if it is not a combination of factors.
- The modern fashion aspect, which I think in part is an indirect reaction to women wearing larger watches (to project strength or gender equality or just fashion trends), which causing men to react in turn and wear larger watches. It has gotten to the point that if the watch face + lugs don't completely cover the top of the wrist it might be considered too small. There is also the celebrity idol aspect, with some people coping Sylvester Stallone, etc.
- That generation(s) ago there was more manual labor or "working with one's hands" and that has something to do with with the trend. A larger watch will bang around and physically get in the way more frequently. Older watches were less durable and shock resistant (witness those classic Timex it takes a licking commercials) which needed to be smaller than the wrist in order to help shield it. There were no "cheap" watches generations ago.
- Maybe there was more pride in a watch maker showing how small the movement could be made? It would be easier to build if there was more space inside the case. The quartz revolution upset that aspect...if it ever existed.