Watches used to watch time and hence the name from old English word woecce used to maintain the shift of workers. To use time creatively watches became an integral part of human beings from the 17th century. Time is money in this fast-paced world. Time management is taught in the famous institutions across the world as an important part of their courses. Not only for rich or busy people but also for everyone who wants to make their living worthy time management is necessary. Time waits for none and hence to manage time watches play an important part. Evolution of watches from mechanical to electronic and from all sizes and shapes to thin watches has made this time management more easy.
- History of watches :
Time is always right to do what is right. That is why to see time clocks were invented as early as the 14th century in Europe. Clocks were of spring driven mechanical function. In England to maintain the shift timings, watches were invented. Another theory is sailors to maintain the shifts of the sailors watches were introduced. Either of the two both was for the reason of maintaining or watching the work or shift times.
- Evolution of Watches :
From the 17th century, watches were popular to show time. Men used pocket watches and carried them in their pockets. Watches were mainly of the spring mechanism and keyed for its function. The first of wrist watches was introduced in 1805 as wrist watch for women. Till the 20th-century women used wrist watches and men pocket watches.
From the 20th century, men started using wrist watches. With the advance of electronics, the mechanical function of watches changed to the electronic mechanism. In 1960 swiss conglomerate swatch watches were into the market with the electronic mechanism.
In 1980 with the advancement in digital electronics quartz watches were introduced in a big way and it changed once and for all the watch industry. This paved way for the modern day watches of all kinds.
With the introduction of battery and other sophisticated ways to make watch not only for watching time but also as a symbol of wealth and technology. Graphic designers were used to designing watches and watches were treated like jewelry and a piece of art.
With the evolution of watches, thin watches of less than 9 mm diameter and mostly of 6 mm diameter is the world’s fashion symbol now.