The Wristwatch – A Tool and Accessory

You’re running late for a meeting and it seems like every light turns red just as you approach. You glance at your wrist every few seconds to check your progress. Eventually you arrive only to realize that you forgot to reset your watch at the end Daylight Savings and you’re an hour early. Saved by the watch!We often forget how much we rely on the little piece of metal strapped to our wrists until we run into a situation like this. We regulate our lives through our wristwatches, clocks, and timepieces. Often we forget the history of the device that allows us to schedule our lives so precisely.Modern wristwatches were a development from other larger timepieces like portable clocks and pocket watches. Pocket watches become popular as a response to fashions. At the time, men wore fashionable waistcoats and therefore pocket watches were developed as an accessory to this article of clothing. Wristwatches were just another step in that development. Though they were available before World War I, it wasn’t until the Great War that wristwatches became a fashionable item for men. It was thought that they were too feminine. However, during the war, soldiers needed to be able to see the time but keep their hands free. This popularized their use by men. Since that time, the wristwatch has gone through a series of developments and technological advancements. Though its design and function has changed, the wristwatch is still the essential accessory for men, and a convenient tool that helps us precisely schedule our lives.