The ’80s watch is back

Instead it was a time of simpler pleasures. As it was, 1984 bequeathed us some memorable milestones in popular culture. It was the year in which colour television finally got the show it was waiting for, Miami Vice: all pastel pigments, sockless loafers and detectives Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs with jacket sleeves rolled up to the elbows. Having instructed us to roll our sleeves up, 1984 gave us something to display on our wrists: the Breitling Chronomat. The Chronomat was big when most watches were small, it was mechanical when the orthodoxy was quartz… and the Italians, who set watch trends in those days, loved it – which was just as well as it had been designed for their answer to the Red Arrows, the Frecce Tricolori… More here.

I do wonder if 80’s watches will come back in a big way. The vintage industry is so cyclical and predictable, at times, that it seems inevitable.



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