Evolution of the Watch

Main

Water Clock

Approx. 325 BC

Water clocks are invented by the Greeks.

Mechanical Clock

1275

The mechanical clock is invented in England

Clock Watch

Approx. 1500

Sundials

Approx. 1500

The Chinese and Egyptians develop simple sundials; easy to build, so a huge variety evolves all over the world during this time period.

Pocket Watch

1574

The first known pocket watch is created, but the inventor remains unknown. The watch, crafted in bronze, depicts Saint George slaying a dragon on the front and the Crucifixion on the back.

Pendulum Clock

1656

The first pendulum clock is patented by Christian Huygens.

Wristwatch

1812

Abraham-Louis Breguet creates a watch to fit on a wrist (the first wristwatch), for Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples.

Stopwatch

1812

Nicolas Rieussec files a patent for a "timekeeper or device to measure the distance traveled, called a seconds chronograph". This is the birth of the era of the chronograph, or stopwatch.

Casium Atomic Clock

1955

The first Caesium atomic clock, which keeps accurate time to within a few seconds every 100,000 years, is invented by Dr. Essen of the National Physical Laboratory.

Electric Watch

1957

America's Hamilton Watch Company produces the first successful electric watch

Quartz-Crystal Analog Wristwatch

1969

Seiko introduces its first quartz-crystal analog wristwatch.

Digital Watch

1972

Calculator Watch

1975

Computer Watch

1980

Seiko began to develop watches with computing ability.

Smart Watch

2013