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The history of the wearable watch

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When you think of wearable watches, we bet you automatically think of wrist watches. This, however, has not always been the case. This is a short introduction to the history of wearable watches and why you should still wear the predecessors of the wrist watch.

The first wearable watch was introduced in the 16th century, the first versions only had an hour hand, the minute hand appearing about a century later. Initially it was worn around the neck or attached to clothing. During the 17th century, when Charles II of England introduced waistcoats, the wearable watch migrated into the pockets of the socialites of the time. Thus, the pocket watch was born.

During World War One, the pocket watch was deemed too complicated to use during combat (go figure). As a consequence, the trench watch (a mix between pocket and wrist watches) was conceived. After the war, the wrist watch took the stage and quickly became the most used wearable timepiece. Today, we are enjoying the technological marvels of smart wrist watches. But we wonder, is there a place for the older form of wearable watches in these modern times?

The pocket watch, in its glory days, was a symbol of wealth and status. Today, we propose that it should be worn again, now signalling individuality instead of status. The pocket watch is a timeless accessory to the three piece suit but in modern times it works just as well to a pair of chinos or in a jacket or coat pocket. Does your outfit have a pocket? Then a pocket watch will fit right in!


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