The Watch Journey

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  • The oldest gadgets to be invented by mankind which is quite often forgotten about.
  • Bartholomew Manfredi invented the Watch in the period of c 1450.
  • Watches progressed in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks.

It’s not all about circuits, silicon, and stock options, mankind’s been making technology since the dawn of time. There is a huge debate on which one is the greatest gadget to be invented by mankind. Centuries and Millenia have come and gone with so many wonderful gadgets being invented.

You talk of the Antikythera Computer of c. 1st Century B.C. The Mariner’s Compass of c 1100, and later the Telephones, Mobile Phones, etc. However, there is one of the oldest gadgets to be invented by mankind which is quite often forgotten about, The Watch.

According to History of greatest gadgets, a watch was invented in the period of c 1450 by, clockmaker Bartholomew Manfredi. It’s with the pocket watch, apparently invented in the 15th century, that we get the world’s first modern-era personal tech toy. In November 1462, Bartholomew Manfredi pitched a client on the idea of a “pocket clock” better than any seen before they were being manufactured within 50 years.

Early timepieces used a variety of mechanisms to measure time. The shadow of a sundial, the tempo of a water clock’s drip, the slow melt of a candle. Such devices can be extraordinarily complex, but it’s the mechanical clock, with its intricate gearing and accuracy, that became one of mankind’s greatest technical triumphs.

Descriptions in European literature from the late 13th century suggest that new technology was proliferating, timepieces powered not by water, but instead by the movements of mechanically-connected weights. Watches progressed in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks, which appeared as early as the 14th century. During most of its history, the watch was a mechanical device driven by clockwork, powered by winding a mainspring, and keeping time with an oscillating balance wheel.

These are called Mechanical watches. In the 1960s the electronic quartz watch was invented, which was powered by a battery and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal. By the 1980s the quartz watch had taken over most of the market from the mechanical watch. Historically, this is called the quartz revolution.

From one account on the origin of the word watch, it came from the old English word Woecce which meant watchman because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts. To date, mankind have developed and upgraded the watch.

A watch in its simple form uses a mechanical mechanism to measure the passage of time but with technological advancement taking place over the years, electronic modern quartz watches were introduced.

These are driven by a mainspring which must be wound periodically.  Today, most watches in the market that are inexpensive and medium-priced, used mainly for timekeeping, have quartz movements. However, expensive collectible watches valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, and glamorous design than for simple.


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