1950s Watches: Styles, Trends & Pictures

1950s Watches

Simply put, in the 1950s everyone wore a watch. Outside the house, there was no other way to know the time. Women, men and children older than 6-years-old all loved watches.

Much like the styles of today, women’s watches were generally slimmer and smaller. Men’s watches were generally larger, but sometimes you could find a slender men’s watch.

Vintage 1950s watches and timepieces are usually handmade. They came in gold, silver, nickel and any other kind of metal you’ve ever heard of. Also, people had a wide variety of bands and bracelets to choose from.

Different watch brands that were popular in the 1950s include Tower, Timex, Orvin, Bulova and Elgin. Watch faces came in many different shapes and colors. Square and round faces were the most popular.

Children had licensed watches of their favorite Disney characters. They also had Alice in Wonderland, Superman and Davy Crockett watches, among several others.

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If you didn’t like the feeling of a watch strapped to your wrist, you could always buy a pocket watch.

The most desired watches were encrusted in jewels like diamonds. Some watches were self–winding.

In the late 1950s, watches trended toward a more slender, flat and modern look. It was truly a sneak peek into what watches from the sixties would look like.

1950s men’s and women’s watches from catalogs

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Last modified: Oct 06, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps