History of Digital Watch

History of Watches

In the 16th century, the history of Watches began. In the 15th century, watches evolved from spring-driven clocks which were easily portable.

From the 16th century to the 20th century, the digital watches for men which developed were mechanical devices. These watches were powered by wind, a mainspring in which we just turned gears by moving our hands.

This movement of hands gave power to the watches. In 1980th quartz watches were introduced. These watches are also known as Mechanical Watches.

These watches still sell in the market and are also in larger numbers as compare to the other old watches.


With the invention of the mainspring, the portable timepieces made possible. In the 16th century beginning, the first timepiece was made to be worn in Germany.

These pieces were made in the cities of Germany as well as in Nuremberg and Augsburg. Clock master Peter Heinlein (1485-1542) is considered as the inventor of Watch.

He was one of the very first and finest German Craftsmen who made it possible to be worn the ornamental timepieces as pendants.

It made possible only because of Peter that people made able to be worn the first timepieces on the body

Peter Hele is still a young man. He is also one of the most learned Mathematicians.  He also shapes many wheeled-clocks out of many tiny bits of iron.

However other German clockmakers were working on the creation of miniature during this precious period but Heinlein is only the evidence.

Those clock-watches were worn on a chain around the neck and were also fastened to clothing. In the diameter of the watches, heavy drum shaped cylinders were fixed and their sizes were in several inches.

Such the watches had an hour hand. The faces of the watches were not covered with glass but these watches had hinged brass cover. These watches were pierced with grillwork so, without opening, the time could be read.

Screws began to be used after the year of 1550 but before this, the movement was originally made of Iron and steel and both the pieces were tapered with pins and wedges.

After this movement, most of the movements included not only striking but also the alarm mechanism.

They had to be wound normally two times a day. Later on, there was a trend for shaped-watches and also the clock-watches which were shaped with different decorations.

These decorations were made in the form of flowers, insect, fruit, and even skull.  In the early days, watches were not worn to tell the time. The accuracy of these watches was really so poor. These watches were having lots of problems with accuracy.

These watches were practically useless.  These watches were having errors for several hours a day. Such the watches were worn as jewelry or only for nobility.

At that time the Accuracy of the time of the watches was considered minor importance because people used the watches only as jewelry or for the nobility. In those days, accuracy was having very little importance for the people.

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