Watches – An Ever Evolving Timepiece

Today's watches are a timeless accessory that never grows old, even more so now that there are so many designer watches, men's diamond watches, and women's diamond watches to choose from. Watches are one of the most timeless artifacts that have ever been invented. From heavy set wooden grandfather clocks to dainty diamond watches, the history of timepieces is a truly a remarkable evolution.

The first watches evolved from their larger ancestor portable spring-driven clocks which first appeared in the 15th century in Europe. The word "watch" is said to have come from an Old English word "woecce", which can be loosely translated as "watchman". The truth of the matter is that watches were first invented to help the town's watchmen keep track of their shifts and to help sailors time the length of their shipboard watches, or duty shifts.

You could say, watches started out as a gentleman's practical pocket knick-knack because watches were not elevated to the title of "wrist watch" until the 1920s. The first watches often had covers and were carried in its owner's pocket or attached to a watch chain. As a gentleman's accessory, a pocket watch was the epitome of time, a symbol that he was indeed serious about his life and his time. By the 1920's with equality between men and women being a popular controversial subject of interest, the pocket watch found itself being transformed to a wristwatch for women known as a Wristlet. The population of male pocket watch bearers revolted the idea by saying they would "sooner wear a skirt than wear a wristwatch".

But luck was about to change that, when World War 1 forced battlefield soldiers to take a more practical approach to "checking the time" than rooting around in their pocket to find their watch. Soldiers soon began to strap their pocket watches to their wrists with leather straps in a bid to "save time". Legend also has it that the German Imperial Navy attached their pocket watches to their wrists much earlier in the 1880s while synchronizing naval attacks and firing artillery.

The transition from practicality to fashion for watches came much later during the 1950s and reached its ultimate high during the 1980s when Hip Hop transformed the culture of the music industry and fashion. One of the more memorable accounts of the early days of men's diamond watches was when Rock-n-Roll icon, Buddy Holly, died in 1959 wearing his 14 karat white gold watch with 45 single cut diamonds. Fans received the news with a mixture of destruction over his passing and awe at his glamorous lifestyle. This of course, sent fans in a frenzy over how they too could emulate their icon's fashionable taste. The Omega watch soon became the most famous men's diamond watch in history.

Hip Hop later bought a drastic change in jewelery and fashion cultures as diamond watches, diamond pendants, and gold chains became must-have items for creating iconic "bling". Today watches are not just a practical accessory, but a symbol of wealth, a status symbol. Diamond watches have exclusively evolved to affordable, trendy, and practical men's diamond watches and women's diamond watches that are a little more within reach.



Source by Ben Steve

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