There was an age when timepieces were at the height of human technological achievement. Since the original creation of mechanized handheld watches in the form of pocket watches in the 16th century, the watch industry has grown in tandem with the high-end jewelry market.
When wristwatches and diamond jewelry began to become extremely popular around the early part of the 20th century, it was only a matter of time before the two would be fused together to create diamond watches.
At TraxNYC we stock some of the most historical diamond watch brands ever to grace the world of diamond jewelry. Names like Rolex, Cartier and Breitling call to mind the golden age of Swiss diamond watch making. Each of these three famous diamond watch companies has its own unique story to offer up to the history of diamond jewelry.
Each one of these respected diamond watches brands were established at the Chaud du Fonds in Switzerland in the 19th century – the center of the watch making world at the time. But it wasn’t until the age of World War One that wrist watches began to become extremely popular, before this they had strictly been a woman’s fashion accessory.
Wrist watches were the only practical timepieces during the trench warfare of the Great War. For this reason, teamed with the technological advances of the time, wristwatches were a runaway success in the period following the First World War. It wasn’t long before the Rolex, Cartier and Breitling brands were moving into the high-end diamond jewelry market to create their first lines of diamond watches.
Cartier even has a line of diamond watches called the Tank Series that came out in 1917 having been inspired by the battle tanks that were then roaming the battlefields of Europe. Now in 2010, TraxNYC still stocks the descendants of this famous line of diamond watches. We have four Cartier Tank diamond watches in our repertoire, characterized by their square bezels and elegant, sturdy appearance.
Today, diamond watches companies like these sit at the pinnacle of the diamond jewelry industry. They are however being challenged by many newcomers to the business whose diamond watches are being endorsed by big celebrities and have gathered a dedicated following over a short period of time.
Fashion brands like Gucci have ventured into the diamond watches market and created some amazingly iced out pieces of diamond jewelry in doing so. Then there are the ultra-modern brands like Joe Rodeo, Aqua Master, Arctica and IceLink. These companies are all vying for the crown of hip hop diamond watch king with intricate diamond watches like you’ve never experienced before.
Check out TraxNYC’s diamond watch collection today and see for yourself the tradition and the technology, the style and the innovation.