Nowadays, watches are considered an essential jewelry, one that is capable of defining our style. We see a designer timepiece as an elegant, sophisticated and smart accessory, and we tend to forget about its main purpose- telling time. Its functional attributes are not that important anymore. Face it. We care more about its brand, design and popularity. To balance a little bit the influence that fashion trends and snobbism have on us, let me tell you a few fun things you probably did not know about watches.Ancient Egypt is the source of the first known examples of humans telling time. Even if it sounds obsolete, sundials represent a very accurate method of telling time. The way the shadow falls on the sundial at different times of the day is how time is deciphered. Sundials are a surprisingly accurate method of telling time.
It was during Tudor times when the pocket watch became popular. During the reign of King Henry VIII, timepieces were so large and heavy that these were worn around the neck. In 1868, Patek Phillipe was the first watchmaker to invent the wristwatch. In May 2008, his ‘Platinum Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch’ was sold for an unbelievable price of 3.1 million dollars. Rolex is the watch that has gone from the highest peak of the world to the deepest point of the ocean. In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary wore one while reaching the peaks of Mount Everest and in 1960, the US Navy dived a submarine that carried a Rolex at 35,798 feet below sea level. In both occasions, the watch survived intact. It did not even lose accuracy by one second. Even if it sounds unbelievable, mechanical watches are less accurate than quartz movement timepieces. The battery operated watch was first introduced in 1969.