The first watch was created in Italy around 1500 CE, yet the Egyptians were using sun-dials to keep time even before that. The early timepieces were quite inaccurate and not very user-friendly. It wasn’t until nearly 100 years later that watches were invented that could keep time to the fraction of the minute. Before this, keeping time was only as accurate as down to the fraction of the hour.
Over time technology has improved, greatly. Accurate timekeeping is invaluable and often taken for granted in our advanced society.
Back as early as the 1600’s we began decorating our watches. The watch was looked at as more of a piece of jewelry, and watchmakers showcased this by engraving watches and encrusting them with stones and gems.
As time passed, watches became smaller and more polished in appearance. Thus, more sought after and readily available. Watchmakers from around the world worked on perfecting their trade.
Until the early 1800’s watches were all hand-made. The parts, of course, were not interchangeable. The Swiss would soon change this. They believed that was a huge market for mass production watches and went forward in creating that.
Fast forward to today and you will find many, quality, accurate, mass-produced watches.
The history of the watch has seen much innovation, but a watch does more than simply tell time. Your watch makes a statement about you. Are you practical or artistic? Do you like bright or muted colors? Do you want to blend in with the crowd or sparkle? All of these questions can be answered by looking at your wrist. A watch is something you wear everyday, it is an extension of your personality.
Albert Einstein wore a Gold Longines, John F. Kennedy wore the Omega Ultra-Thin, and President Barrack Obama wears the Elini New Yorker Men’s Chronograph.
Whatever statement you want to make about yourself…there is a wrist-watch out there to convey it.