With the proliferation of mobiles, mp3 players, and other gadgetry that also happens to tell the time, watches might soon become a thing of the past -- to the point that James Bond must be upgraded to a phone that can take sneaky pictures and has global positioning and stuff. For a crew who thinks the best watches already are history: the flea-and-antique market-combers behind A Vintage Obsession. Just some of the arm/pocket candy the San Diego-based outfit has repaired & restored for you:
Wrist Watches: Span from the '20s to the '70s, with the latter repped quite chunkily by the stopwatch-esque Seiko Men's 5 Sport (with the founder's name etched on the movement), and the 1950s by the Swiss-made Helbros. Designed to be affordable back when time was a lot more money, its hypnotically pretty design is self-winding, anti-magnetic, and water-resistant, and claims to also be resistant to shock. Ah, the blissfully naive days before the internet.
Pocket Watches: Bridge a similarly lengthy stretch of the last century, with very-oldness including 1919's Hamilton (sporting a "somewhat unusual" intricately gold-toned and engraved dial, plus an engraved gold case), and a 1923 art deco number from Elgin, whose case is filled w/ 14k gold, and whose dial is made from "new old stock" -- because no matter what you use to tell the hour, nothing is more perfectly timed than a Jim Davidson joke.