Origin of term Watch: It is a matter of debate to find out the origin of term “Watch”. Some people says that the word “watch” came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts at work. On the contrary, another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).
- Britain was the country who invented watches but it was USA who made it available for masses. Earlier, watches were meant for elite class of society but United States developed the technique for mass production of watches to make it available for everyone.
- Wristwatches were meant for women while men used pocket watches. It was military men who first wore wristwatches.
- First quartz clock was code named 59A and it has been used for the first time in Tokyo Summer Olympics developed by SEIKO, a Japanese company. However, SEIKO could not get the patent of quartz clock as this technology was developed by Swiss.
- One of the world’s most accurate wristwatches to the date is Omega Marine Chronometer and its prototype was developed in the year 1970.
Swatch Group of Companies was the first one to get into mass production of quartz wristwatches and today also, they are the world’s largest watch company.
- The first electrically powered watch, the Hamilton Electric 500, was released in 1957 by the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- Despite the availability of modern watches, a traditional mechanical watch is still a favorite among avid watch collectors.