What’s on your wristwatch is a result of intense research and development that might’ve taken thousands of years to complete. The Egyptians and Sumer are the first to design, develop and use watches. It triggered the process to such an extent that production and development kicked off from almost every country with dexterity of skilled craftsmen.
The very first generation of watch was leveraged with the movement of sun, water, sand and consumption of candles as we speak. Modern features we see today are derived from the early versions and concepts; the only advantage is technology used in their manufacture. The world of watch is very deep so we’ll sweep through the surface to cover the basics which every wristwatch fan should be aware of so read on!
- Sean Connery wears Rolex Submariner while Daniel Craig carries one from Omega in the “James Bond” movies respectively. We saw Matt Damon wearing TAG Heuer in “The Bourne Ultimatum” whereas timepieces from Hamilton are showcased in various movies including Frogmen (1951) and Interstellar (2014).
- The sexagesimal system of time measurement based on numerals with sixty as a base goes back to 2,000 B.C. with the Sumer; one of the earliest example of humans measuring time. The Egyptians use to measure time with sundials and divided the day into two cycles based on 12 hours. Sundial measures the change in shadow position with movement of the sun while the water clocks were to tell the night time.
- Then came the Greeks who introduced the Clepsydra; a container that measures time through sand which was later reinvented into what we know as the hourglass.
- In 1966, Stanley Kubrick approached Hamilton; a renowned American brand and ask them to develop totally unique watch for his futuristic science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The company’s design team presented him with both a wristwatch and a desk clock. By the time, Hamilton already ruled the industry with the very first electric watch 1957, Ventura. The Odyssee 2001 became associated with the movie as a functional watch in 1970 followed by Pulsar with LED display.
- The 16th century is when pocket watch gained prominence during the Tudor regime which is also seen in a picture of King Henry VIII. First line of pocket watches came only with hour hand while the minute hand only showed up in the 17th
- Mechanical watches, despite their complexity and beauty are less accurate than pieces with quartz movement as their mechanical parts may lose a few seconds due to various forces such as gravity. As we speak, even quartz watches aren’t 100 percent accurate being impacted due to factors like battery life and temperature.
- The concept of first wristwatch for women came only when men were using pocket timepieces. One of the first “arm watch” was made by Robert Dudley in 1571 for Queen Elizabeth I of England. There’re however others who claim that the first wristwatch was initially made for Countess Koscowicz by Patek Philippe or for Caroline Murat by Breguet.
- Omega Speedmaster is associated to space as NASA astronauts worn the piece on their mission to the moon. It was also worn by Russian and American astronauts during the first craft meeting of Apollo-Soyuz.
If you’re using a mobile phone as a time-telling device, no worries because it’s also a result of years of hard work!