While I was blathering about cars and roads, I got ahead of myself—I haven’t been talking about time for awhile. In the previous post I mentioned that satellites need incredibly precise clocks so that their signals are accurate when finding your global position. But the last time we looked at a clock was Harrison’s marine chronometer from 200 years ago.
The Queen of Naples wearing her wristwatch.
In 1810 the very first wristwatch was designed by Abraham-Louis Breguet for the Queen of Naples. Before that, a ‘watch’ meant a pocket-watch, kept in your pocket and attached to a button-hole in your vest by a chain. Instead of hauling a time-piece out of your pocket, now all you had to do was look at your wrist.
Nowadays nobody wears a wristwatch. When we want to know the time, we haul our cell phones out of our pockets. Progress!
A Brief History of the Wristwatch – Part 1
Back to the beginning of The Western Civ User’s Guide to Time & Space
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