Monday, 27 July 2009

A brief timeline of wristwatch development

End of 18th century: Decorative watches worn on a bracelet documented

1800-1880: Various forms of arm-bands with ladies watches, presumably one of a kind creations

1880-1910: Ladies ornamental watches, military and other watches. The small round pocket watch still sets the pattern.

1910-1930: Experimental phase of wristwatch. New concepts of technology and design were tested.

Since 1930: Wristwatch becomes an independent, attainable type of timepiece. Dominance of the wristwatch begins. The pocket watch rapidly loses significance.

1952: Development progress of electro-mechanical watches

1957: First American wristwatch

1960: Bulova, a US-Swiss firm, introduced the Accutron tuning fork into the competitive watch market.

1962: Founding of the Swiss Centre Electronic Horologer Research Centre

1967: Prototype of a quartz wristwatch achieves new precision record in competition at the Neuenburg Observatory.

1970: Two million Bulova Accutron watches were sold.

By the late 70s: Electronic quartz watches began to take over the watch market.

Now: Simple, classical, mechanical watches making a comeback

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Wristwatches: History & Evolution (part 9)

The numbers of those who love "old" wristwatches have grown by leaps and bounds. It has become modern, fashionable to own one or more mechanical wristwatches and naturally to wear them too. Glancing at the left wrist and evaluating a person according to his wristwatch can be noticed more and more often.

The wristwatch has become more and more of a collectors' item in which serious watch collectors are increasingly interested. The spectrum extends from those who collect only electric and electronic wristwatches from post-1950 years.

Many wristwatches have become investment objects, being sold at auctions for exorbitant prices never before paid for wristwatches of the same brands or equal quality.

The mechanical wristwatches, especially with automatic winding and complications, has also had an unexpected renaissance among manufacturers. This is particularly true of wristwatches with "eternal" calendars, but also of those with tourbillon or repetition striking.

Whoever finds that the prices of antique wristwatches have risen beyond his reach can, for the time being, content himself with highly interesting wristwatches in current production.

Today, wristwatches are among the regular offerings of all the well-known auction houses and make up a good share of their businesses. A total of 80 to 90 percent of all the wristwatches offered for sale are no longer rare.

Popular Posts

Do you want the truth on 2012, the Antichrist and his identity based on recent discoveries on the covert plans of the illuminati who are master minding his coming? Check out the full 3-part series of "2012 - The Antichrist Identity".

But hurry! This report is purportedly under threat of being taken offline due to its content.