The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Sure, the hands, indices and dial always remain, but their styles of presentation have been all over the map. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor for the more classic faces they had previously displaced. Gold, too, has come and gone a few times over, as titanium, platinum and unobtainium become the most precious of metals for case creation. Oversized watches, too, recently boomed and now seem to have gone over the hump.
But the greatest of today’s trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade. Not only has it spurred collectors to seek out long lost treasure, but it means the gloves have come off in terms of what is stylish. The industry has taken note. Here is a small collection of the best throwback watches — new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.