Time-Honored Watch Classics

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated this week in all fifty states across the nation. The holiday is relatively a new one and was signed into office in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. It became an official holiday in all states throughout the nation in 2000.

A great deal of attention has also been paid to Dr. King this week with the national release of the film “Selma,” based on his peaceful, non-violent crusade for equal voting rights in Selma, Alabama during 1965. The film concludes with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a significant victory for the Civil Rights movement at the time.

The film, a critically acclaimed achievement for director Ava DuVernay was nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week, yet failed to garner any other nominations outside of Best Original Song category.  This created a media frenzy for the past couple of days regarding the lack of nominations for DuVernay, as well as actors David Oyeowo and Tom Wilkinson, who played King and Johnson respectively, as well as other technical categories.VULCAIN-210150.277LFBNC

In addition to the film’s fine performances and direction, costume designer Ruth E Carter brilliantly recreates the apparel and accessories of the era down to the Rolex and Vulcain timepieces featured on the wrists of Oyeowo and Wilkinson.

Oyeowo is seen throughout “Selma” wearing a yellow gold Rolex Datejust wristwatch, authentic to period detail, while Wilkinson is seen with a Vulcain automatic strap watch on his wrist. In fact every, US President since Harry Truman to Barack Obama has received a Vulcain timepiece from the Swiss manufacturer to commemorate their presidency.

You’ll find several of this prestigious watchmaker’s timepieces at luxury online retailer TheWatchery.com, including the Vulcain Cricket Automatic men’s watch with a built-in alarm function.  Impressive in design and stature, this classically elegant timepiece has a premium grade stainless steel case and brown alligator strap with a deployment clasp.

An exhibition skeleton caseback lets you see the intricate Swiss-made automatic movement inside. The stationary polished steel bezel encircles the brown metallic dial with polished silver-tone hands, Arabic quarter hour markers and baton markers. A window at the 6 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar.

Features include an anti-reflective sapphire crystal above the dial and water resistance to 50 meters. Automatic timepiece is 42mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

Complementary delivery and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases at TheWatchery.com.

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