Accessories in the 1970s were generally bold and colorful, not unlike the clothing of the decade.
Baubles were big and easily noticed. 1970s watches were generally no exception.
Though classic thin watches were still the favorite of some wearers, many individuals sported large timepieces that were all the rage.
In the 1970s, watches no longer had just an hour, minute, and second hand. As the decade progressed, watches became much more complicated and sported a lot more gadgets.
Within the face of the clock, there may have been a small day and date reminder for your convenience. These were introduced in the 60s but became much more standard in the 1970s.
In addition to day and date features, watches like the popular Omega Chronograph included a separate small secondhand, a minute “totalizer”, and an hour “totalizer”, which measured minutes and hours, respectively, from the moment that the wearer hit the designated pushpiece.
It’s hard to say how many wearers actually made use of the features, but it looked pretty cool!
Another of the most popular 1970s watch styles was the so-called Spaceman watch. These were introduced in 1972 by Andre LeMarquand, an architect from the Swiss town of Neuchâtel who worked for Catena watches.
The watches were inspired by man’s conquest of the Moon in 1969 and were designed to reflect a futuristic look. They also paid homage to the astronauts and the gear they wore while in space.
The Spaceman watch of the 70s came in a wide variety of styles, but many included Corfam® straps manufactured by DuPont and domed crystals that allowed only the wearer to see the face of the watch.
Some had traditional hands – often in orange – while later ones had digital features. These were obviously designed for men though – once in a while – the renegade woman decided to purchase one and wear it.
Many other men’s watches that were offered in the 1970s looked futuristic as well and usually included metal bands and large faces, sometimes in black or colors other than white. Leather straps were less popular during the 70s but were available if desired.
However, for women 70s watches, the cuff watch was very popular. These watches included leather bands that were generally about two inches thick and were fairly plain in style. Often, women could interchange the leather bands on these cuff watches by simply removing the face – which was attached to the strap via two snaps – and replacing it with another.
Cuff watches usually came with two or more straps of a variety of colors, which were perfect for coordinating with one’s favorite outfit.
These straps were often fashioned from a shiny vinyl and were available in bright solid colors as well as flashy prints. Men might have purchased cuff watches as well, but were less likely to experiment with different colors to match their wardrobe.