Essay Wearing A Timekeeper On The Wrist

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The very first wrist watches were used as accessories by women for recreational activities such as cycling and archery. They were small movements held on the wrist by leather straps to make them more practical for everyday use, when originally they were “designed to be worn on a neck chain or lapel pin”. (Dennis & Stephens, 2001). Wearing a timekeeper on the wrist proved to be more practical for those who’s lifestyles were more active. In WWI the servicemen wore their pocket watches in straps on their wrists instead of on a chain attached to their person. One type of these watches are popularly known as the “Trench” and they sported a pierced grilled that protected the face of the watch and prevented the glass from shattering. Although wrist worn time keepers became more popular because of their practicality they did not become commercially available until around the second world war. In WWII watches became part of the uniform and watches that were marked at the back with an arrow indicated it was British Forces standard issue (Miller, 2014).
As significant as clocks and watches are in our aim towards modernity, little is known on who invented the very first mechanical watch around 1450 AD (Dennis & Stephens, 2001). However to create a portable timekeeper the gear train in clocks at the time needed to be miniaturized so that their overall size could be scaled down. The heavy weights and large pendulums that were used to drive the movement in clocks were replaced by spring…

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