I recently began an internet business selling watches, and while studying my niche market, I was overwhelmed at the vast array of styles and brands available.
You can make any brand of watch to discover different styled watches, colour of watch faces, colour of watch bands, Metal watches, gold plated watches even wood watches are available. Whenever you enter the expensive array of watches you discover a whole new array of watches with diamonds, solid gold watches, titanium, and a lot of other precious metal watches and jewel filled watches.
The watch movements vary as well from manual to fully electronic with some newer style watches having heart monitors, temperature, speed, and a lot of analytic information available. Then there are dive watches heading down to 4000 Mtr, now that’s a long way down but deep sea divers need reliable watches that will handle the pressure at these depths so it’s great to see a range of wrist watches that cater for the individual in addition to the rest of the divers who take pleasure in the ocean or cave diving.
Glamorous watches make-up a big the main industry because everybody wants to look different from the lady next door. New watches come in the marketplace each day so keep watching or searching for your favourite type of watch, there is something available to keep you happy once you look at most of the watches available right now. I saw a watch the other day that’s belts going in different directions to tell enough time I was intrigued regarding how it works, it would have been a real talking point at a celebration or along with your friends.
Initially people could only tell enough time from sun dials which they placed over doorways of their homes or businesses, showing midday and the four stages of sunlight since it travels during the day, another types of clocks for telling time were water clocks, challenging to move when you’re on the move. In the 1500’s with the invention of the springs, portable clocks and watches were produced. 收錶 One locksmith from Germany Peter Henlein created the “Nuremberg Eggs” which could be put available instead to be hung from the wall, they only had an hour or so hand as when hand was not introduced until much later and they lost time whilst the spring unwound but these were popular with the wealthy individuals as these were a really portable timepiece.
With the invention of the humble spring the world of clocks and watches took a giant leap in to the forward. Men didn’t wear wrist watches back the 1800’s these were thought to be too feminine and only ladies wore them. Men had a watch on a string which they kept in the pocket of their vest which was called a fob pocket. Remember in the old movies, there would be someone standing at the train station taking out his watch on a silver chain from his fob pocket checking enough time, today the fob pockets are still on the vest of men’s 3 piece suits. It wasn’t until someone tied one of these brilliant watches to his wrist with a bit of string so he could kept track of time and keep working he asked a watchmaker to create a watch he could wear on his wrist, a few lugs were attached to the sides of the watch and a strap was put on so he could wear it.
It took quite a long time with this to recognition as the initial real use was in the military and watches were worn by soldiers so they might synchronise battle plans, check time without fumbling with a pocket watch, Soldiers wore watches in the Boer War and in WW1. Following the Great War more men were wearing watches as they’d done throughout the war and it became recognised as a tribute to those who had served their countries on the battle fields so from this time around on women weren’t the sole ones wearing watches. By 1920 it had been fashionable for men to wear a watch and new designs were being created by a complete array of watchmakers, glass faces were replaced with plastics, different metals were employed for the casing, minute hands were added and the rest is history.
When I was child, watches weren’t really worn by children unless you’re from the upper class since many families couldn’t afford to get their children a watch, when out playing 1 day I recall asking my friend what enough time was but neither of us had a watch so he pulled up his sleeve viewed his arm and said “A hair passed a freckle” and we burst out laughing, it shows how far we came over a brief period of time. How many children have a watch today?
The first watch I ever got was back 1960. Two sailors we knew had just returned from Singapore and brought these watches back for people as gifts I actually do remember they didn’t last all that long maybe because I didn’t learn how to treat or look after it properly, I probably over-wound it, breaking the main spring.
A few years later I was handed another watch from the close friend of the household he was an American Pilot and it had been a silver Bulova which I still have even today although I don’t wear it. Every time I see or contemplate it, I see the person who gave it if you ask me, unfortunately he died a short time ago so he and his watch are constantly on my mind.
Its funny when you yourself have your wrist watch on, it becomes an integral part of you, and you don’t give it another thought all day, you check it quite regularly for enough time doing this action without thinking about it. Then one day you leave your watch off your wrist and all day long you concern yourself with where you left it and it nags you until it is back on your wrist. One time inside my travels I was at the airport in Paris and wanting to freshen up, visited the toilets, shot to popularity my watch, and had a quick wash and then walked off leaving my watch behind. A couple of minutes later I looked to test enough time for my flight and no watch. My heart sank, I hurried back to the toilets and thankfully my watch was still there on the basin – there are some honest people in the world. I’d this type of strong feeling of loss when my watch was missing for that limited time, it confirmed just how much the watch supposed to me.
A couple of months later I was not so lucky. I was on a ferry travelling from Italy to Greece, the same happened, washed my hands, left the watch on the basin then went on deck, I soon realised that I’d left the watch in the toilet but this time around when I obtained back it had been gone. I reported it missing and had it broadcast over the ships speakers but the person who took it didn’t return it and I felt naked without it on my wrist, There was a solid feeling of loss, I guess all of us have feelings similar to this when something is removed from us, something we treasure. So look after your Wrist Watches.