Diamond Watch Bands

A watch, secured with a band inlaid with diamonds, is not the average workman’s adornment. It is the choice of an individual who has the confidence to wear it with aplomb. The diamond watch band distinguishes the wearer as a person who does not have to be in hurry to make his daily bread.

There was a time when a man told the time by just looking up at the sky. Very effective technique. Especially if you living in the open outdoors. Not very failsafe, though. Bad weather has a bad habit of obscuring the passage of time. Necessity being the mother of invention, various mechanical devices were created to tell the time.

Time passed and timekeeping devices developed until the wristwatch was invented. The very first wristwatch was invented by Patek Philippe, in 1868, but only as a lady’s bracelet watch meant to be worn as jewelry. Men, at that time, used the pocket watch. Said pocket watch, however, was not practical for Alberto Santos-Dumos, an early aviator. He needed a timekeeping device that he could refer to without fumbling around in his pocket. Fumbling around not being anywhere near the top of recommended activities when you are trying to keep an airplane in the air.

So, Alberto Santos-Dumos asked his friend, a French watchmaker called Louis Cartier, to design something which he could use to tell the time with by, say, just flipping his wrist over. Thus, out of an airman’s need, the first man’s wristwatch was invented for practical use.

The popularity rating of wristwatches soared during World War I, when officers found that fumbling around for a pocket watch was not exactly the best thing to do when you are in the front line. To be able to tell the time quickly and accurately is a critical contributing factor to the success of any military strategy. By that time, wristwatches had already become a common adornment among the middle class and the rank and file carried them into battle.

The wristwatch developed and became more and more accurate in keeping the time. Nevertheless, a wristwatch is only of value to the wearer if he can keep it on his wrist. A wristwatch kept in the pocket for reason of suffering from a broken watch band is no better than a pocket watch. So watch bands developed in step with the wristwatch.

Watch bands are made from various materials like plastic, leather and steel. Plastic watch bands of the cheaper kind are usually attached to Mickey Mouse watches and other watches of a similar kind. There are also plastic watch bands made from much more durable and, of course, much more expensive material for the man who, either, is a sportsman, or, simply sweats a lot.

Leather is also a good material for making watch bands. It has a manly look to it and is quite lasting. Only setback being that leather tends to smell when soaked with sweat. Not exactly a demerit, especially if your lady companion is excited by manly leather smells.

Steel watch bands are very solid and, if the need arises, can be pressed into service as very handy knuckle-dusters. Steel watch bands come in various colors like white, black and even gold. Diamonds are also added to a stainless steel watch band to produce an accessory to the watch that is an adornment in it’s own right.

Diamond watch bands are also made from gold, silver or platinum. The price of the band would vary according to the amount of diamonds inlaid in it. This is usually quoted in carats. A diamond (from the Greek word “adamas” which means “unbreakable”) is one of the three common allotropes of carbon. The other two common allotropes are graphite and fullerenes. So the diamonds sparkling on your diamond watch band are close cousins of the lead in the pencil in your hand. Said lead, however, is not in the least related to the lead as found in bullets.

A Google search turned up many beautiful diamond watch bands. Some are well-priced. Others are priced well above the average workman’s budget.

For example, there is one called a Fully Iced Band. It is available in white stainless steel with 28 carats of diamonds embedded in compact rows on a one-inch-wide band. The price is $6,800. It presents a solid picture of elegance. The Black Diamond Arctica Band has only 16.50 carats of diamond mounted in a trellis pattern on black stainless steel. The going price is $5,070, making for elegance with a difference.

Lower down the price range is the Fully Iced with only 9 carats of diamonds at only $1,650, which is a fair price for a solid complement to a quality watch. If you prefer a different color, you can try the Yellow Stainless Steel Fully Iced with 8 carats of diamonds for only $1,550. That can be considered to be a good price for a quality accessory.

For the ladies, there is a Ladies Diamond 18K Yellow Gold with more than 200 diamonds. Made in Italy, it comes with a $2,685 price tag. Not exactly cheap but small change as a gift for the apple of your eye. You can also get it in white gold for the same price.

Other settings you can get is platinum. There is a Platinum watch band with 2 carats of diamonds matched with four sapphires. It’s a ladies’ model priced at $2,880. This price is not too much to pay because this is a classical design.

The one I particularly liked is the 18K Yellow Gold President Diamond Watch Band priced at $5,200. Just the perfect thing to display when you check the time during board meetings which you are chairing.

To tell the truth, you will really be spoilt for choice when choosing a diamond watch band. There are so many available. Each and every one looks good on you. Perhaps the solution would be to start a diamond watch band collection. That would make a good alternative to collecting stamps.

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