When Were Watches Invented? And Brief history of watches

    When Were Watches Invented

    The human’s ability to mark time is one of the unique and innovative technological advancements. Wrist have a long history of watches. Egyptians invented watches thousands of years ago. After so many upgrades, it has come to our wrist, and upgrades are not very finished. People wear watches to keep track of the time; it is now used as a fashion accessory.

    This write-up discussed the history of watches along with interesting facts. You will get amazed by the shared information about watches for sure.

    The Brief History of Watches

    In the 13th century, humans invented the mechanical watch first. Initially, these watches were used in markets and Churches. Locksmiths and larger built them. Every hour, they were creating a huge sound to tell the time. That time, there were no second and minute hands in the watch.

    After the invention of the spiral spring, humans decided to introduce balance and precision in watches. So, in the 15th century, spiral spring was used for the first time in watches that confirmed well-balanced. Long pendulums get replaced by spiral springs. As a result, human-created miniature watches.

    However, before the wristwatch strikes the market, the pocket watch was invented. In the 16th century, the second and minute hands were developed.

    In the beginning, the popularity of watches was not that much, and in the 17th century, people started thinking of tracking the time more than before. This way, the popularity of watches increased. Since mechanical watches were larger, carrying them was impossible. And people started using pocket watches because of its portability feature.

    Thanks to Abraham Louis Perrelet, we cannot mark the time looking at our wrist because of him. In the late 17th century, he invented a watch with an idea to be worn by a human. The watch was built for Queen Caroline Murat, known as Napoleon’s sister. At that time, watches were worn by women in their neck as an item of jewelry. Slowly, watches became a symbol of status.

    Louis Cartier is the first man who introduced the wristwatch. He was inspired by Abraham Louis Perrelet’s concept and built watches for his beloved friend, Alberto Santos Dumont (Legend Flying Agent).

    The idea of wearing a wristwatch took one step ahead in the time of World War I. Tracking the time became much essential, and soldiers showed an interest in wearing wristwatches instead of keeping pocket watches.

    After the first World War, the world first witnessed the production of watches by watchmakers. The watch giant Rolex introduced an automatic self-winding watch in 1920. And battery-powered watches hit the market just 50 years back, in 1970.

    Over the last few decades, watches have come with many advancements. They are now inevitable accessories in every part of our life. Everything is measured by time now, and there is a saying, “time is money.”

    10 Milestone Moments of Watches { When Were Watches Invented}

    Year of InventionContributorMoments
    1915BreitlingInvention of Chronograph watch
    1919CartierTank Watch Invention
    1931Le Coultre&Cie and JaegerReverso Style Invention
    1926John HarwoodAutomatic winding rotor wristwatch Invention
    1936IWC SchaffhausenInvention of Pilot watch
    1945 Destruction of the Lange &Söhne’s factory  
    1969Zenith El Primero movementAutomatic Chronograph Invention
    1983Jean-Claude Biver and Jacques PiguetRelaunching of mechanical movement watch of the defunct Blancpain brand
    1983Nicolas Hayek (CEO)Formation of SMH brand
    2000ROLEXNicolas Hayek

    Sum Up

    With the advancements and development of watches, it has become more than a timepiece only. Just imagine, can you pass a single day without the requirement of tracking the time? The truth is NO. Thus, watches have become a part of our daily life. The truth is NO. Thus, watches have become a part of our daily life.

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