The Story of The Watch

By Shayan Zafar in Industrial Design

1 year ago - 3 mins read

Time is as precious as anything else, specially in the world that we live in today. For most of us, working on a schedule is the only key to survival, from waking up for work at a certain time, to going to bed, without a routine to hold on to, this fast-growing life might get to us one day. That itself proves to say that the most important gadget in our lives today is one that is not given much importance to because it is always just ‘hanging around’. The Watch!

The word “watch” is said to originate from an old English word “woecce” which meant “watchmen”. Its purpose was to help watchmen of the towns to keep track of their shifts.

The mainspring, a metal ribbon spring used in the clock used as a power source, was invented in the 15th century and that is how the pocket watches came into existence. These were accurate to a half hour, and most didn’t even have a minute hand.

Much later in the 18th century, after the watch was made more accurate and consistent, features such a calendar, stop watch, and multiple time zones for added to the design of the original pocket watch. This not only made it more useful but also gave it a more luxurious touch.

In the early 19th century, the wrist watch came into existence. It is said that drivers and aviators wanted a device that was more efficient and that involved them to know the time without using their hands. Also, during the time of the World War I, soldiers tied their watches to their wrists by modifying their pocket watches. Even though it was considered more feminine, the convenience took over that aspect and made it a trend worldwide.

In the late 19th century, calculators were also included in the design of the wrist watch, which was possibly the coolest thing ever at that time. We can easily consider this era to be the birth of the smart watch.

And last and obviously not the least, the 20th century blessed us with the connected watches, the real smart watches, that link our phones to our wrists and make life so much easier in this world of technology. Wifi and Bluetooth in your own wrist, what more would you want!

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