THE HISTORY OF THE WATCH

A quick definition to get us started. A watch is an instrument for keeping time which is worn about one’s person. A watch is different to a clock, pendulum clock or any other time-keeping instrument because it can easily be transported around the place without affecting how it works.  

THE FIRST WATCHES DATE FROM THE LATE 15TH CENTURY

The first watches date from the late 15th century (about 1480). However, this invention is often attributed to a clockmaker in Nuremberg, Peter Hele or Henlein, who designed very small clocks at the beginning of the 16th century (around 1510). The casing of these first watches was oval-shaped for a long time, hence the nickname Nuremberg egg. They became progressively flatter and finally became pocket watches.
 

THE EVOLUTION OF THE WATCH

In the 20th century, the wristwatch became more widely accessible. Up until the 1920s, watches had manual rewinding mechanisms, which means that the spring needed to be manually re-tightened each day. Automatic watches changed all this forever in 1926 with the addition of a rotor which re-tightened the spring with the natural movements of the wrist..
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But it was not until 1957 that a real revolution took place in the world of watches: the appearance of electric watches, which needed neither manual rewinding nor wrist movements to operate. This new product became very popular, especially with sports-people, and continues to enjoy the same popularity today. This invention was followed by the second revolution in 1969: the creation of the first quartz watch.
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-Klokers 

 

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