My Dad’s watch, pictured here with his glasses and Gillette Safety razor from 1961. I use the razor, but the glasses...well, they belong to another time. They’d look great on me if I were Peter Sellers or Michael Caine circa 1965.
Dad had this watch on a Spiedel-style expanding bracelet, which I loved because it represented what I thought a grown-up’s watch should look like. I used to see a lot of watches on men’s wrists attached to these expanding straps. Not that I really tended to notice these things when I was a kid. However, as I got older and various uncles and family friends came round on Sunday afternoons and the surface of the laminex-topped dining table became populated with long glasses of Abbott’s Lager or Victoria Bitter and the ashtray filled up with the butts of Viscount and Senior Service cigarettes, I subconsciously noticed the type of wristwatches that these men wore. They were either on leather straps or expanding bracelets.
One thing about these bracelets, though- they can tend to wear away the ends of the lugs just from constant rubbing against them. That’s one thing I’ve noticed on some customer’s watches since I started in this industry.
But about the Wyler, I don’t wear it often because it’s 32mm and even on my 6.5 inch wrist, that’s a tad small. Still, it goes without saying that it’s a keeper. I removed the expanding bracelet in order to preserve the lugs.