Wrist Watches

Written by Benjamin Messmer
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Wrist watches were first introduced in the late 1800s by Patek Philippe. Now nothing can turn back the clock to the days before people were able to tell the time by a quick glance at their wrist. Today's selection of wrist watches ranges from classic mechanical models crafted in Switzerland to high tech digital models which may include altimeters, address books, or even cameras.

Wrist watches were used extensively in combat for the first time in the Boer War in South Africa. Soldiers in World War I were issued wrist watches for quick access to the time in intense combat situations. Such was the grip held by pocket watches on men's time telling that wrist watches were not widely adopted for daily use until the 1920s.

Soon wrist watches became a standard accessory for people who made good use of their time. Bulova made a giant leap forward with the introduction of the first fully electronic wristwatch, the Accutron, in 1960. Quartz movement watches came along in the late '60s and again revolutionized the world of watches with greatly enhanced accuracy.

Today's Wrist Watches

Wrist watches are now available in every shape, size, material, and price imaginable. Some popular models include diver watches, ladies' dress watches, and chronograph watches for split-second timing. The latest evolution in watches is their availability for great prices on the Internet.


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