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Watch History – Work vs Time

Thursday, 09 June 2011

watch historyThe history of watches has gone throughout many centuries where the structure and the clockwork have been improved but the purpose of using watch is still the same – keeping time.  This is likely the only invention of humans that will never lose its primary purpose. The watch is used to assist and to decorate the hands of ladies and create the solid image for businessmen. Throughout centuries humans strive for comprehending the time conception as the matter. However, it is the time invisible that creates the history, and history makes watches and watches do not allow missing something interesting and vital in the world.

The first watches similar to the ones we use today differed in appearance and the mechanism but they also were accurate to keep the time. Nevertheless, the sundial – gnomon that was created in Egypt approximately 3000 years ago B.C. served in the daytime only. The point is that the sundial was made using an ordinary stem inserted into the flat stone athwart. The lines with numerical symbols were carved around the stem. The whole structure was built in the way that on a sunny day shadow of the stem casting to the «dial» signified the particular period of time that is served as the unique watch hand. A thousand years later «round-the-clock» water watch was created which were popular in China, India, Greece and Egypt. The most complicated structure of water watch is known as «Clepsydra», created by the ancient Greek inventor Ktesibiy approximately in II - I century B.C. The vessel with the hour gradation was filled in water. As the water leaks, the level is reduced compared with the particular time symbol. The «fire» watch exists as well of various shapes – from wax candles with the strokes made on candles to the oil lamps with wicks which were very popular in China up to 20th century.

The first hourglass appeared in the 1st century A.D. with the principle based on sand pouring through the trough of the particular section from a separate section to another one. The hourglass existed when the sand poured within thirty second and those designed to keep hours and hours. Hourglasses seem to be accurate tool which, somehow, was designed to count the little period of time.

Recently the most demanded are the mechanical watches. The first clockwork known is the pendulum leveler invented around the first millennium by the German abbot Herbert. The watch was installed on the tower and it was only designed to inform the church members and the abbey residents on the regular pray time.

The mechanical watch is deemed to be invented in 1500. Peter Henlein, the German metalworker from Nuremberg offered to replace the weightlift stroke principle for the flat spring that crucially changed the working system of the watch. First pocket mechanical watches were made by the same inventor, Peter Henlein. They were made egg-shaped with the brass case. In spite of the high accuracy, the winding spring was a little bit faulty. However, Peter Henlein gave an excellent startup to improve and develop the clockwork. Additional fittings appeared to achieve high accuracy of time keeping. Watches looked more like the lavish items with cases made from precious metals shaped as animals or any other items. The dial plate was decorated with the color enamel glazed with glass.

By the way, in 1574 the history of the reputed Swiss accuracy and reliability was startup. The first workshop was opened in Geneva supervised by the French master Charles Cousin that became the place to unite most watch-makers.

Mass production of watches was noted in the late 19th century. Watches for women were launched as the jewelry incrusted with precious stones with the case from noble metals. The watches for men were austere and laconic, in contrast, like the pocket watches. They were mainly fastened to the chain being the decorative element to the vest, at the same time.  Only in the early 20th century men dared to wear wrist watches.

Yet, up to 1968 the watch has been the accessory for casual events, the attribute of the high class and prestige but not the thing for everyday use. When the quartz clockwork wasinvented, watches were put to mass production. Soon, watches were offered with many other features apart from time keeping, as the water-proof, shock-resistant and anti-magnet watches, as well as the ones with the electronic generator and atomic clock being the ultra accurate gadget.

The watch dated back 1443 is kept at one of museums in Florence created by the scientist of the Medieval Age Paolo Uccello. The wonder-watch distinguished with the hands moving in retracting direction unlike the «left to right» we are used to and the watch was quite accurate. The trick is that Paolo was working on two watches for both direction run, and when he brought the watches to the Duke to choose the watches at his discretion, the Duke opt foe the wrong one, for whatever reason.

Jihun Yeom, the modern watch-maker, created the watches of the same uniqueness and accuracy. The watch is invisible, that is the watch named «Aurora» was made with completely transparent dial plate without hands and digits, but with the solid case and wristlet of metallic shade. It is not so difficult to know the accurate time when you touch the case with a finger, the light laser hands appear with the hour hand of red color and the minute hand is of the blue color, as well as the exceptionally different symbols of hours and minutes.

Rolex was the first Company to make the ultra-accurate watch with the water-proof case in 1926. Throughout the decades they improved the structure of the watch and to the end of 70s the world was introduced to the new model of «Oyster Sea Dweller» watch with the water-proof case able to prevent water going inside in the depth of 1200 meters. And in 1988 the Rolex presented their futuristic model of watch exclusively made from the meteorite stone. Rolex is watches most would like to possess but less can afford, since the policy of the Company is «best quality for good money» and that’s all. However, the demand for Rolex exceeds the offer.

By the way, there are no watches at casino and other entertaining places to keep the time. Beyond such places, watch is the only tool to keep the time precisely, the item of high status and accessory if wristlet watches. When it comes to wall clocks, they are a good décor for interior design making the place comfy and cozy, and solid at the same time.

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