We started thinking about why watches are so popular and where the first concept of wearing a wrist watch ever came. The idea of a timepiece of course started with clocks a very long time ago. Then we wanted to go even further and figure out who the first person was to wear one. It turns out the first watch was created by Patek Philippe in 1868 for Countess Koscowicz from Hungary. Then in 1880 Girard Perregaux made 2000 watches for German Naval Officers, but mostly women wore them until the first World War. In 1904 Louis Cartier started making watches and the first ones didn’t go on sale until 1911.
Even though these started to gain popularity, pocket watches remained among the favorites. A pocket watch can be very elegant, but seems like it takes up so much space compared to regular watches. During the war soldiers had to keep hands free so they started to wear wrist watches as well. In 1923 the self winding system was invented, although was too bulky to wear comfortably. In 1950 the first electric watches started being produced and it wasn’t until 1969 that quartz watches came out. Since then men’s and women’s watches have become very popular and even become a fashion statement.
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