A wristwatch is both a convenient way of assuring punctuality as well as an ornament, with a band made of leather, metal ties, or other materials. These pieces flourished in the 1570s, though earlier models have been produced by Robert Dudley, the 1st Earl of Leicester, who perhaps introduced the “wristwatch” as a gift to the Queen. The earliest wristwatches were fragile and susceptible to damage, unlike today's fine watches. CEH, Switzerland, pioneered electronic (quartz) movements in 1967.
The watch was an elegant, square timepiece. New technologies became available shortly after the introduction of mechanical watches. Top watchmakers such as Rolex, breitling watches, and Omega sold a variety of timepieces including Gucci watches, aeronautical watches, and even space watches. Calculator wristwatches and novelty wristwatches with basic computer games predated today's smartwatches. These were first released in the late 1970s and were very popular in the 1980s.
Apple, Microsoft, Casio, Misfit, Garmin, TAG Heuer, Samsung, and other leading brands began to sell their own smart wristwatches, each with its own set of features, fun designs, exercise trackers, and other features. This trend is not going anywhere. But many people seem to appreciate vintage and antique wristwatches for their charm and elegance.
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