Who Invented the Watch ?

Time is one of the most valuable things in the world and humans have a very long engagement with it. From the dawn of civilizations, humans have struggled to adapt their lifestyles according to time. Ancient Hindus, Egyptians, Mayan people, and Sumerian had some of the most interesting measures of time periods. However, these measures were based upon the movement of the moon, sun, stars and other celestial bodies.

who invented the watch

With the development of modern technology and science, instruments were made to measure time in a scientific and precise way by dividing the period of a day into various units.

Their history started as a navigation instrument meant solely for sailors. However, the first modern-day watch was invented by a locksmith in the early 16th century.

Who Invented the First Watch?

The first modern watch was invented by Peter Henlein, a clockmaker from the Nuremberg, Germany in the year 1510 and by 1541; he became so popular that he was called by people in every part of Europe to design grand clocks for palaces and clock towers. He was also tasked to make small clocks which were not very common at that time.  Peter Henlein is regarded as the father of modern clock but his invention was based on the work done by many previous inventors. The first portable clock made by Peter Henlein had a spring mechanism.

The first wristwatch was created in 1868 while the first Quartz watch was invented in 1969.

Different Types of Watches

There are various types of watches available according to the need and demand. These are:

  • Automatic
  • Chronograph
  • Quartz
  • Military
  • Divers
  • Space
  • Sports
  • Analog
  • Digital
  • Hybrid
  • Atomic
  • Touchscreen
  • Tactile
  • Solar
  • Aviator
  • GPS
  • Smart

At present smartwatches are in vogue. They are advanced digital clocks capable of doing a lot of exciting things. Running apps, measuring workouts and calories burnt, playing music, counting heartbeats, and even navigation, they can do a lot of stuff. But the main purpose for which smartwatches were made is the athletic one. Nowadays, they are also used as a component of the internet of things.

Top 15 Watch Brands:

The top brands can be classified according to different criteria. They may be classified according to their price or safety features. They can also be grouped in order of largest selling brands. However, this list enumerates the most popular and sought-after brands of watches.

  1. Patek Philippe & Co.
  2. Rolex
  3. Omega
  4. Seiko
  5. Iwc
  6. Breitling SA
  7. TAG Heuer
  8. Tissot
  9. Jaeger-LeCoultre
  10. Citizen
  11. Longines
  12. Cartier
  13. Casio
  14. Panerai
  15. Piaget SA

From diamond-covered designs to intricately crafted ones, the world of luxury watches is a fascinating story. Some of the luxury devices now cost more than USD $ 50 million. In addition to telling the time, they are also used for aesthetic and lifestyle purposes. However, with the increasing usage of mobile phones by people for checking time, the importance of watches has diminished. They are not much used by common people for checking the time. Mobiles and other smart devices are fast replacing them.

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