30924Wrist Watch Lore.

The very first watch worn on the arm was done so by Queen Elizabeth 1 of England. She was given the watch by Robert Dudleyin at the year 1571. In the beginning, watches worn at the wrist were only done so by females. Wrist watches became of great importance to men during war. Near the end of the 19th century, military exercises needed to be timed out properly, and due to most armies being that of horse ridden cavalry, pocket watches simply were not practical. Therefore military officers started to tie watches to their wrist. The British army began using wrist watches right about the time of the Anglo Burma war of 1885.

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These earlier ideas about wrist watches resulted in models being created that appeared like pocket watches strapped to the users wrist, however after 1900, wrist watch makers began to create wrist watches with the intention of the watch being at the wrist entirely. It was world war one that created such an impact on the perception of the wrist watch, and after the war, consumer demand grew for wrist watches, and an enormous market for the item was created.

The very first power driven wrist watches hit the scene in the 1950s. These products were able to keep track of time powered by a solenoid. At year 1959, the first order was placed in an effort to create a watch that had quartz movement. It was at the summer Olympic games at Tokyo that the first quartz wrist watch was working, and it was used as a time keeping device at the games. I was not until 1969 that production of quartz wrist watches was achieved, and the years of the mechanical driven wrist watch, basically came to an end.

The first LED wrist watch hit the scene in 1976. However by the 1980s, it was the quartz wrist watch that had pretty much taken over the world of watches. This also resulted in the manufacturing of watches encountering the quartz crisis, which was the movement of watch manufacturing, and plenty of related jobs, to the far eastern part of the globe.

By 2010, Citizen Watch Company of Japan managed to create a watch that does use a new type of quartz. The new type of quartz has a very high frequency, and allows for a smooth functioning sift second hand instead of one that moves in a tick motion every second. That is an amazing advance in technology and is sure to become standard eventually.

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With the way technology changes at near light speed these days, who knows what is next. However one thing is certain. Wrist watches are here to stay for some time as they have become more than a time piece. They are a form of dress, a fashion statement, a symbol of financial class in many cases, and an indispensable part of our daily lives.

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