I just began a business selling watches, and while studying my niche market, I was overwhelmed at the vast range of styles and brands available.
You can pick any model of watch to discover the different fabricated watches, colour of watch faces, colour digital watch womens of watch bands, Steel watches, gold plated watches even wood watches are available. When you get into the expensive choice of watches you get a whole new choice of watches with diamonds, solid gold watches, titanium, and lots of other silver watches and gem filled watches.
The watch movements vary as well from manual to completely electronic with some newer style watches having heart monitors, temperature, speed, and a whole lot of analytic information available. Then there are dive watches taking place to 4000 Mtr, now that’s a long way down but deep sea divers need reliable watches that can handle the pressure at these depths so it will be great to see a range of wrist watches that plan for the individual as well as all of those other divers who enjoy the sea or cavern diving.
Gorgeous watches make up a large the main industry because everybody wants to look not the same as your ex next door. New watches come on the market every day so keep watching or searching for your favourite style of watch, there is something out there to keep you happy when you look at all the watches available right now. I saw a wrist watch the other day that has belts going in different directions to tell the time I was actually interested as to how it works, it would be a real talking point at a party or with your friends.
In the beginning people could only tell the time from sun knobs which placed over gates of their homes or businesses, showing midday and the four levels of the sun as it travels throughout the day, the other forms of clocks for telling time were water clocks, quite difficult to hold when you were on the move. In the 1500’s with the creation of the springs, portable clocks and watches were produced. One locksmith from Germany Peter Henlein created the “Nuremberg Eggs” which could be placed on the table instead of being put from the wall, they only had an hour hand as the minute hand was not introduced until much later and they lost time as the spring unwound but they were favored by the wealthy individuals as they were a very portable timepiece.
With the creation of the simple spring the world of clocks and watches took a giant leap into the forward. Men didn’t wear wrist watches back in the 1800’s these were viewed as too womanly and only ladies used them. Men had a wrist watch on a archipelago which kept in the pocket of their vest which was called a fob pocket. Remember in the old movies, there would be someone standing at the train station taking out his watch on a gold archipelago from his fob pocket checking the time, today the fob pockets are still on the vest of men’s 3 piece suits. It was not until someone tied one of these watches to his arm with a piece of stringed so he could kept on top of time and keep working that she asked a watchmaker to create a watch he could wear on his arm, a couple of lugs were attached to the sides of the watch and a band was put on so he could use it.
It took a long time for this to become popular as the first real use was in the military and watches were worn by members of the military so they really could synchronise battle plans, check time without fumbling with a pocket watch, Members of the military used watches in the Boer War and in WW1. After the Great War more men were wearing watches as they had done during the war and it became realised as a gratitude to those who had served their countries on the battle fields so from this time on women are not the only ones wearing watches. By 1920 it was fashionable for men to wear a wrist watch and new designs were being created by a whole choice of watchmakers, glass faces were replaced with parts, different metals were used for the covering, minute hands were added and the rest is history.
When i was child, watches are not really worn by children if you do not were from the second class as most families couldn’t afford to buy their children a wrist watch, when out playing one day From the asking my friend what the time was but neither of us had a wrist watch so he pulled up his sleeve looked at his arm and said “A hair passed a freckle” and we burst out joking, it shows what steps we have come over a brief period of time. How many children have a watch today?
The first watch I ever got was back in 1960. Two mariners we knew had just returned from Singapore and brought these watches back for us as gifts I really do remember they didn’t last all that long maybe because I didn’t know how to treat or look after it properly, I probably over-wound it, breaking the main spring.
Many years later I was handed another watch from a friend of the family he was an American Preliminary and it was a gold Bulova i always still have to this day although I don’t use it. Every time I see or think about it, I see the person who gave it to me, unfortunately he passed on recently so he and his watch are constantly on my mind.
Its funny when you have your wrist watch on, it becomes a part of you, and you don’t give it another thought all day, you check it quite regularly for the time doing this action without considering it. Then one day you leave your watch off your arm and all day long you worry about where you left it and it nags you until it is back on your arm. One time around my travels I was at the airport in Paris, france and wanting to freshen up, went to the toilets, shot to popularity my watch, and had a quick wash and then walked off leaving my watch behind. A few minutes later I looked to check the time for my flight and no watch. My heart sank, I rushed down again to the toilets and thankfully my watch was still there on the container — there are some honest people in the world. I had such a strong feeling of loss when my watch was missing for that small amount of time, it confirmed how much the watch meant to me.
A few months later I was not so lucky. I was on a ferry travelling from Croatia to A holiday in greece, the same principle happened, cleansed my hands, left the watch on the container then went up on deck, I soon awakened to the fact that we had left the watch in the bathroom but this time when i returned it was gone. I reported it missing and had it broadcast over the boats speakers but the person who took it did not return it and I felt nude without it on my arm, There was a strong feeling of loss, I guess we all have feelings like this when something is removed from us, something we treasure. So look after your Wrist watches.
The more I look into Wrist watches I discover that they certainly attended a long way from the sundials manufactured in 500AD to the century we live in now, going to the Silent celestial body and beyond, humans love inventing new ideas and there is a many more breakthrough discoveries to be made on what we calculate TIME and the simple watch will be travelling as fast as the next discovery. Keep inventing Please!