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Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:17 pm
by Gabe
If so, what would be the proper case size for a men's Gladiator?

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:37 pm
by watchdoc
Not that I'm aware. Men's 37 X 26 mm roughly

Why do you think there is a ladies model???

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:07 am
by Gabe
Thanks for trying to help, watchdoc.

That is, in fact, the size of the one I have but, at that size, it only takes a 13 mm. strap:

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Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:43 am
by watchdoc
Yup, people were smaller back when these were made. :shock:

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:23 am
by Gabe
I know that's often repeated, yet it doesn't explain why wristwatches were so much bigger in the 20's.

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:06 am
by inatime
Interesting, I'm not sure that what you have is a Gladiator, especially if it take a 13 mm strap. My 1930 Gladiator below takes a 16mm strap. My watch is also different from what you've ID'd as a Gladiator. I think yours might be a Lone Eagle.

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:33 am
by watchdoc
I do believe Patrick is right on yours being a "Lone Eagle" model, or possibly one of the American Clipper models. Possibly the "F" variant.

Re: Was the Gladiator made in both men's and lady's sizes?

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:31 pm
by afire
13mm, or 1/2" is fairly uncommon, but it's not that much smaller than 14mm which was very common.
Gabe wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:23 am
I know that's often repeated, yet it doesn't explain why wristwatches were so much bigger in the 20's.
I guess I don't tend to think of 1920s watches as being that much bigger than 1930s watches.

IDLE SPECULATION ALERT!

But one reason some of them were bigger in the 1920s might be that this was the era of transition from using fairly small movements originally designed for ladies pocket watches to even smaller dedicated wristwatch movements. In my experience, the smaller dedicated wristwatch movements seems to have frequently been used for higher-end watches while the larger vestigial pocket watch movements were more often used on lower-end models in the 1920s. By the 1930s, production of wristwatch movements was in full swing and I suspect that may have something to do with why the trend was toward smaller watches. I don't think there was as much of a connection between the size of the watch and masculinity of the wearer. A compact and accurate watch was a technical achievement.