I recently began a net business selling watches, and while studying my niche market, I was overwhelmed at the vast selection of styles and brands available.
You can make any make of watch to find the different styled watches, colour of watch faces, colour of watch bands, Stainless steel watches, gold plated watches even wood watches are available. Whenever you enter into the expensive selection of watches you find a whole new selection of watches with diamonds, solid gold watches, titanium, and lots 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 you can find dive watches taking place to 4000 Mtr, now that’s a long way down but deep sea divers need reliable watches that can handle the pressure at these depths so it’s great to see a selection of wrist watches that cater for the individual as well as all the other divers who benefit from the ocean or cave diving.
Glamorous watches make up a big area of the industry because everybody wants to check distinctive from your ex next door. New watches come on the market each and every day so keep watching or searching for the favourite style of watch, there’s something out there to stop you happy once you look at most of the watches available right now. I saw a wrist watch the other day that has belts going in different directions to tell the full time I was really intrigued as to how it works, it would have been a real talking point at an event or together with your friends.
In the beginning people could only tell the full time from sun dials that they placed over doorways of these homes or businesses, showing midday and the four stages of sunlight since it travels throughout the day, the other kinds of clocks for telling time were water clocks, difficult to move when you had been on the move. In the 1500’s with the invention of the springs, portable clocks and watches were produced. One locksmith from Germany Peter Henlein created the “Nuremberg Eggs” which could be put available instead of being hung from the wall, they just had an hour or so hand as when hand wasn’t introduced until much later and they lost time since the spring unwound but these were popular with the wealthy individuals as these were a truly portable timepiece.
With the invention of the humble spring the entire world of clocks and watches took a huge leap in to the forward. Men didn’t wear wrist watches in the 1800’s these were regarded as too feminine and only ladies wore them. Men had a wrist watch on a chain that they kept in the pocket of these vest that was called a fob pocket. Remember in the old movies, there could be someone standing at the train station taking out his watch on a gold chain from his fob pocket checking the full time, today the fob pockets remain 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 mounted on the sides of the watch and a tie was placed on so he could wear it.
It took 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 wallet watch, Soldiers wore watches in the Boer War and in WW1. After the Great War more men were wearing watches as they’d done through the war and it became recognised as a tribute to those that had served their countries on the battle fields so from now on women weren’t the only ones wearing watches. By 1920 it had been fashionable for guys to wear a wrist watch and new designs were being created by a complete selection of watchmakers, glass faces were replaced with plastics, different metals were employed for the casing, minute hands were added and the remainder is history.
When I was child, watches weren’t really worn by children unless you had been from the top of class because so many families couldn’t afford to buy their children a wrist watch, when out playing 1 day From the asking my friend what the full time was but neither folks had a wrist watch so he pulled up his sleeve looked at his arm and said “A hair passed a freckle” and we burst out laughing, it shows how far we attended over a brief period of time. How many children have a wrist watch today?
The first watch I ever got was in 1960. Two sailors we knew had just returned from Singapore and brought these watches back for us as gifts I really do remember they didn’t last all that long maybe because I didn’t understand how to treat or look after it properly, 放錶 I probably over-wound it, breaking the key spring.
A couple of years later I was given another watch from the friend of the family he was an American Pilot and it had been a gold Bulova which I still have even today although I don’t wear it. Each time I see or think about it, I see the one who gave it if you ask me, unfortunately he passed on a short while ago so he and his watch are constantly on my mind.
Its funny when you 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 the full time doing this action without considering it. The other day you leave your watch off your wrist and all day long you worry about where you left it and it nags you until it is back on your own wrist. One time during my travels I was at the airport in Paris and attempting to clean up, went to the toilets, took off my watch, and had an instant wash and then walked off leaving my watch behind. A few minutes later I looked to check on the full 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 a few honest people in the world. I had such a strong feeling of loss when my watch was missing for that short time, it confirmed simply how much the watch designed to me.
A couple of months later I wasn’t so lucky. I was on a ferry travelling from Italy to Greece, a similar thing happened, washed my hands, left the watch on the basin then went on deck, I soon realised that I had left the watch in the toilet but now when I got back it had been gone. I reported it missing and had it broadcast over the ships speakers but the one who took it did not return it and I felt naked without it on my wrist, There was a solid feeling of loss, I guess most of us have feelings similar to this when something is removed from us, something we treasure. So look after your Wrist Watches.