A Guide to Vintage Bullhead Chronographs

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A Guide to Vintage Bullhead Chronographs

Postby koimaster » February 14th 2017, 9:52am

Taking the Bull by the Horns.pdf

Since the late 1990s, producing large watches has been an enduring trend, undoubtedly spurred by the success of Panerai. Obviously, watches with larger case sizes were around earlier than that, but the Florentine brand was the first to attain huge, worldwide popularity with its oversized timepieces — with the help of a few Hollywood icons, namely Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Panerai’s case designs were basically reinventions of those used on its early divers from the 1940s. After that, things got out of hand quickly — and for some reason, watch manufacturers for a while thought that the only way to go is bigger and bigger. Panerai was the barrier breaker… or was it?

When we think about the 1950s and early 1960s, we picture the watches of our fathers, grandfathers and uncles — elegant, round, classic shapes, like those on Omega Seamasters, Rolex Datejusts, models from Longines, Doxa, et cetera. Nowadays, these are categorized by the WIS (Watch Idiot Savant) community as “dress watches.” Then, around the late 1960s and early 1970s, watch companies started taking part in the design revolution. They started to become bolder in imagining the shapes, sizes and colors of their products. Among the best examples of these bold designs are the so-called “bullhead” watches.

http://www.watchtime.com/blog/taking-th ... onographs/
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