Go Back in Time with the History of Watches

June 9, 2017

Watches have a long history that dates back to the Ancient Egyptians and Babylonians who invented the first sundials. Since then, clocks and watches have undergone many transformations to become the attractive timepieces worn today. Read on for a look at the history of watches.

 The First Pocket Watches

Clocks went through several manifestations, such as the hourglass and candle clock. The first mechanical clocks—which used a verge escapement mechanism—were invented in Europe at the beginning of the 14th century. The mainspring was invented in the 15th century, and this invention led to the creation of portable clocks. It is believed that the first clocks to be worn were in Nuremberg and Augsburg, Germany. These early watches were considered ornamental and a sign of status, because they were not very accurate. These soon became pocket watches in the 17th century and were more accurate with the addition of a balance wheel.

 The First Wristwatches

One of the first wristwatches in the world was created in 1810 for the queen of Naples. Wristwatches were initially created for women as a piece of jewelry. Men used pocket watches to keep time. Men did not begin wearing wristwatches until the end of the 19th century. Military men found it easier to synchronize maneuvers with a wristwatch than a pocket watch. In the early 20th century, many of today’s most well-known watchmakers and companies were formed. For example, Rolex began in 1905 as Wilsdorf & Davis, and Seiko was first formed in 1881.

 The First Quartz Watches

In December 1969, the first quartz watch was released by Seiko. The development of the quartz watch led to a huge jump in watch technology. Quartz creates an extremely accurate frequency that allowed quartz watches and clocks to be the most accurate and popular timekeeping devices since the invention of mechanical clocks.

 Bring in old, broken, or dead watches to the experts at Fast Fix Tucson. We are available at two Tucson locations. Our Tucson Mall store can be reached at (520) 696-0403, and our Park Place Mall store can be reached at (520) 514-9292.



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