The 1930s brought unprecedented innovation in machine-age technology and materials. Industrial designers from the auto industry translated the principals of aerodynamics and streamlining into everyday objects like radios and toasters. It was also a decade when an unequaled variety of watch cases and movements came into being. In lieu of hands to tell time, one such complication, called a jumping mechanism, utilized numerals on a disc viewed through a window. With its striking resemblence to the dashboard gauges and radio dials of the decade, the jump hour watch was indeed "in tune" with the times!
The Stauer 1930 Dashtronic deftly blends the modern functionality of a 21-jewel automatic movement and 3-ATM water resistance with the distinctive, retro look of a jumping display (not an actual jumping complication). True to Machine Art aesthetics, the sleek brushed stainless steel case is clear on the back, allowing a peek at the inner workings. The 1 1/2" case is complemented with a black alligator-embossed leather band.