I hope all of you guys at Watchuseek had a great Christmas. I am new to the forum and I love all types of watches and have a very extensive collection that I am working on right now.
However, what I am the most curious about is the watch worn by the infamous fictional character, Jay Gatsby. In the novel, "The Great Gatsby," the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, mentions on numerous occasions within the book that Jay Gatsby definitely wore a watch, but didn't include any details of what it may have looked like. I am not sure of what his watch could have possibly looked like, but knowing that "The Great Gatsby" takes place in Long Island, New York in 1922, I would assume that the watch he wore was undoubtedly a leather band, given its popularity during this time period. Does anyone know how popular metal bands on men's watches were during this time period?
From the book itself, it is very difficult to tell what style watch this might have been, what material it might have been made of, color, price, etc. In the book, however, it does state that Gatsby's "bedroom was the simplest of all except where the dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold..." Back in 1920's, some individuals owned "toilet sets" which typically consisted of a mirror, various hair brushes, metal flasks/bottles, and a metal casket/box to store various pieces of jewelry. Given that Jay Gatsby's dresser/toilet set consisted of "pure dull gold," would his watch have been more likely to be made out of the same material/color (gold)? Did "toilet sets" from the 1920's come with matching jewelry, such as gold cuff buttons, time pieces, etc.? Does anyone has any idea of what type of watch he would have worn during this time period?
I know that in the new Great Gatsby film that will be coming out in May of 2013, Leonardo Dicaprio, who plays Jay Gatsby, wears a very nice, but very modern-looking square, stainless steel band watch with a white dial. When I saw screenshots from the movie with this watch, I thought that it did not reflect the 1920's style/era at all. I have attached the link to the screen shot of this watch, but I do not believe that it would be a watch worn by someone of this time period at all. However, I could be mistaken.
Does anyone know what time of watch Jay Gatsby would have worn during this time period in 1922, given the typical men's watch style of that era? Any pictures, examples, thoughts, ideas would be much appreciated.
Here is the screenshot of the watch from the new Gatsby movie: http://collider.com/wp-content/uploa...-mulligan1.jpg