History of the Wrist Watch
The wrist watch is a has change much over time. It originally started as an accessory for women from the 16th Century to the 20th Century. Men during this era typically used Pocket Watches.
Interestingly, a Brazilian pilot asked a close friend by the name of Louis Cartier, founder of Cartier, to build a watch that would help him time his performance during flight.
Even in the 1920s, the wrist watch was considered a feminine accessory except for watches worn by the military men during World War I. These watches were called, “Trench Watches”.
Trench watches replaced the pocket watch because the pocket watch was difficult to carry and not handy during combat.
As World War I ended, the war heroes returned home and continued to wear the Trench Watch with pride and honor. This was the first time that a functional watch was considered an accessory that expressed personal style.
In 1969, the ‘Quartz’ watches replaced the balance wheel with digital counters. The same year, the Omega Speedmaster Professional (Quartz) was the first wrist watch worn on the moon. It required grueling testing by NASA and selected from many other brands such as Breitling, Longines and Rolex.
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