People have been wearing watches for many years and they have done so for practical uses as well as fashionable uses. Like all other inventions watches have a very interesting history from the time they were made all the way to the present day. There are a few people that still work with the history of watches and clocks and continue to share their knowledge with the younger generations in the hopes that they too will be fascinated with the subject matter.
Many people in the 21st century know that there are two different kinds of watches in the world. There are wrist watches and then there are pocket watches that hang from a chain and usually go in a pocket. There was once a time, in the history of watches, where the pocket watch was popular, but today the wrist watch is the most popular. Pocket watches used to be a major fashion statement and an indicator of social status.
The history of the watch began in the 17th century which stemmed from the invention of spring powered clocks that were invented in the 15th century. The watch was a rough kind of contraption at first that was made primarily of mechanical mechanisms. This worked for a time, but people continued to look for better technology to make the watch more accurate and durable. Technology has gotten better and so has the watch and now we have watches that no longer have mechanical mechanisms, but rather quartz movement. These movements are created by a quartz vibrator or an electromagnetic pulse. We even have watches driven by a computer chip.
In the history of the watch a man named Peter Henlein can be credited for making the first ever pocket watch. He did so in between the years of 1504 and 1508. Although Peter Henlein is the man considered to be the inventor of the pocket watch it was Leonardo Da Vinci that created or sketched what is known as a fusee. This Fusee is a pulley system that has since helped pocket watches keep better time.
Time went on so did the history of watches. Many people had their hand in making the pocket watches a better invention, which ultimately encouraged Patek Philippe of Patek Philippe and Co. to make the first ever wrist watch. The wrist watch has been considered to have been created in 1868. Thanks to Patek Philippe we can now more comfortably wear our watches on our wrists instead of the breast pocket of our vests. In fact it seems that the history of the watch changed with the history of our fashion statements.
Today we have digital watches, watches that cost tens of thousands of dollars (or more), iPod watches and watches that track our fitness activity. With the growth of smart phones we pretty much always know the time, the watch is much more about fashion today than knowing the exact time.