Since the dawn of time
man has marked time, be it a sundial, flowing waters, hourglasses, or watching the sun and moon. Early Egyptians have been credited with the development of marking time and in Italy, monks built audible clocks with bells to announce prayer time. Since the Dawn of Time
16th Century Tudor, England
The first watches were actually clocks worn around the neck. The first pocket watches were introduced in the 16th century and were popularized in the 17th century due to their improved accuracy.
17th Century England
Queen Anne offered a huge reward of 20,000 pounds to anyone who invented something that would calculate longitude accurately.John Harrison, a self-taught watchmaker worked for more than ten years to create 4 versions of the Harrison Marine Chronometer. His chronometer went through several trials and eventually was accepted by the Queen, earning him the 20,000 pounds.
Patek Philippe invented the wristwatch and was popular with women up until WWI. Men used pocket watches. During the war, it was decidedly simpler to glance at a wristwatch than fumble for a pocket watch and the army let the men keep their military issue watches. Men started sporting their wristwatches soon thereafter.
Louis Cartier designed the first man’s wristwatch in 1904. Aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont requested Cartier to design him a wristwatch so that he would have both hands free – this became the blueprint for all watches. During WWI, it became evident that the wristwatch was very advan`eous.
Over the next two decades, new features were developed and added to wrist watches, i.e. calendars, lunar phases, etc. TAG Heuer was the first to innovate a stopwatch/wristwatch in the same casing. In 1923, John Harwood developed a self-winding mechanism. In 1926, Rolex introduced a water-resistant wristwatchand Tissotthe anti-magnetic design. New materials, such as durable plastic crystals were being developed for the bezel, replacing the fragile glass.
Since the Dawn of Time
The automatic watch that no longer needed winding, as well as the quartz watch were introduced in the late1920’s. For the first time in 1970, Japan introduced a new type of watch that was leap years ahead – it was computerized, kept track of time, the date, the day of the week and more.
Where once watches were considered fashion accessories, they have now become collectibles due to technology.
Since the Dawn of Time – Watch Trivia
What exactly does “Swiss Made” mean? Amongst other criteria, it requires that at least 50% of the components of the movement should be manufactured in Switzerland.