The wristwatch has long history where this time telling machine has gone through many evolutions during its existence. The watch is continuously modified along with the technology development so you can wear it on your wrist.
The predecessor of wrist watch is the pocket watch. At first, beside used as to tell the time the pocket watch was made as customized jewelry that only own by rich person. It is a must have accessory for royalty that signified the social status.
Those pocket watch usually encrusted with diamond with the best quality material. This makes those watches become quite expensive, so it will be difficult for average person to own it.
After some times to reduce the price, lower quality materials were used to make the pocket watch. The size also can be reduced so it can be used as necklace although the original pocket watch is still produce.
The pocket watch become more popular when the railroads were developed to the western part of America. The pocket watch was used to manage the train’s arrival and departure schedule in every train stations.
With the development of technology, the watch’s size is getting smaller and smaller. Eventually the watch size is enough to put on the wrist, so the pocket watch finally has become wrist watch.
The technology development is also improves the watch mechanism, so it become more precise to tell the time and reduce the watch’s error. The previous pocket watch need to be readjusted every few days because there are some lost time everyday.
The wristwatch becomes popular during war. The military see the potential of the watch to regulate their schedule and time table to become more precise.
Today, many wrist watches have extended their purposes compare to their predecessor. They are no longer just a machine that can tell the time, but also have many other features and functions in such tiny machine.
Of course there are watches that continuing their sole purpose in telling the time. But most of them has become important accessories and fashion statement. Some of them are even become jewelry made with luxury design and expensive material such as gold and diamonds.