Wristwatches: history of collectible stopwatches


History and birth of wristwatches of all kinds, mechanical and battery operated. Invented in the late 1800s, the wristwatch was initially considered an accessory exclusively for women.

History wrist watches

It was customary for men to wear a pocket watch.

But in the early years of the last century (1900) a Brazilian inventor named Alberto Santos Dumond, unable to easily read the time on the clock on his plane, asked his best friend Louis Cartier for a watch that would eliminate the problem.

The brilliant Cartier made him a watch with a leather strap to put on his wrist and Dumont was thrilled.

At that point Cartier decided to sell this type of watches to men too.

Even during the First World War, officers from all over the world found it much more convenient to view a wristwatch instead of having to take out the traditional pocket watch.

For this reason, the men of armies were equipped with wristwatches which at the end of the war ended up being widespread in all western cultures.

Initially operating only with a spring mechanical movement, they were flanked since 1962 by more practical and precise clocks operating on batteries with hourly hands or digital liquid crystal displays.

Battery operated wrist watches

The clock is the main tool created by man to indicate the current time and therefore measure the passage of time.

Today the most common types of watches are battery-powered ones which in many cases have additional functions such as stopwatch and date indication.

With the spread of cell phones that also incorporate a watch and other commonly used electronic devices that display the time (video recorder, computer, digital cameras, etc.), the use of a watch can become superfluous and remain purely a only aesthetic factor for the person who wears it on the wrist.

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