Matter of Time: Fun Facts About Watches

By Tonka Dobreva 10.22.2014 blog
Vintage still life. Antique pocket watch.

We’re all constantly keeping time, chasing time and managing time– but we bet you didn’t know how that handy device around your wrist got to where it is today. Check out these cool facts to find out:

watch-1Watches as we now know them wouldn’t exist without the invention of the mainspring in the early 15th century. This little spiral metal ribbon allowed portable clocks to be built, and these eventually evolved into the first pocketwatches.

 

watch-2The most famous pocketwatch is seen in a portrait of King Henry VIII.

 

 

watch-3Wrist watches became popular among men during World War I. During warfare, men wore watches on their wrists rather than on a chain around their neck because it made it easier to tell the time without moving their hand. Before the 20th century, only women wore wristwatches mostly as a fashion accessory.

 

watch-4The Omega Speedmaster was a favorite accessory in space! NASA astronauts wore the watch on their mission to the Moon, and both American and Russian astronauts wore it for the first craft meeting of Apollo-Soyuz.

 

watch-5

Watches come in many colors, but the most commonly used and gifted watch color is black.

 

 

watch-6“Happy Time” is a marketing technique among watch sellers. You can see it in catalogs and in-store displays, where watches are set to show the time as 10 minutes past 10 o’clock or sometimes 10 minutes to two o’clock. That way the clock appears to be smiling, making buyers feel good.

 

watch-7The 1968 sci-fi movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” inspired John Bergey, the head of Hamilton Watch Company, to create the first digital watch — a Pulsar LED prototype.

 

watch-8The Patek Philippe Caliber 89 is the world’s most complicated pocket mechanical watch. It was crafted in 1989 and it took five years of research and development and another four years to manufacture. It’s made from 18-carat gold, has 24 hands, 1,728 components in total and 33 special features, including a thermometer and a star chart.

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  1. jayboom25

    cool

  2. Alykat

    This is awesome

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