Watches: From The Pocket To A Computer!

We are all familiar with the watch and its multiple variations. We now have watches whose costs range from a couple of bucks to thousands of dollars. However, not many of us are familiar with the history of watches. Clocks came much before watches came into existence. In fact, spring powered clocks were first used in the 14th century! Later, the watch evolved from these spring powered clocks as late as the 17th century. Early on and even through the following decades the watch was basically a mechanical device used to tell the time, driven by clockwork which was powered by winding a spring and the time was kept with the help of an oscillating balance wheel and usually used as a “pocket” watch.

Later in the 1960s, the newer electronic quartz watch was first made. This was powered using a battery, the first for a watch. The method of keeping time was by using a vibrating quartz crystal. In the next 15 to 20 years, the mechanical watches were nearly completely replaced by the electronic quartz watch. Even today, most of the low-cost watches typically use quartz movements. In fact, several slightly higher priced watches too use this. Mechanical watches also still exist but in a separate niche of vintage and collectible watches which are valued for their great design and craftsmanship. These are still more expensive than the quartz movements watches available today.

Over the years watches were developed to tell more than just the time of the day. They began to tell you the day of the week and day of the month too. This was followed by complicated features such as the moon-phase display. There also came the different types of functions that used a tourbillon. As the digital age advanced, the number of features available multiplied rapidly. Also, watches that were typically made from metal with gold plating began to use modern materials such as Titanium and even carbon plating. Waterproof watches brought with it a revolution of sorts. The treasured device which was always stored carefully and away from splashes could now withstand the water splashes as well as dips.

A plethora of chronographs appeared on the dials that give information on a variety of metrics. Digital displays and electronic watches brought with them interesting features with mass appeal such as a backlight, the 24-hour clock, the stopwatch and even watches with an alarm. Modern watches then introduced to us with even more capabilities. These small devices could then not only provide useful features like a calculator and even GPS but also provide Bluetooth connectivity to other devices and even monitor your heart rate. These days fitness bands which are widely used, also tell the time.

In the days of the smart watch, analog watches are more of a fashion choice than any other time in history. Fancy watches are more accessible than ever. With the advent of the Apple Watch and several other fully functioning computing devices that are incorporated into a watch are becoming increasingly common. The watch can now take pictures, send and receive texts and calls through your phone, install and use apps for a wide range of features and also display a variety of watch faces when you don’t need these features.

 

 

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