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Time is a man-made creation to measure the passing of one moment to another, but rather than discussing time itself, this article focuses on the history of time measurement, specifically, in the form of a man-made timepiece.
Time rules our lives in every respect and we’ve gone from using sand to atomic clocks in not so many years, and measuring time to the degree of one thousandth of a second is now a reality. Let’s take a look at how we have changed the way we measure time since we first became aware of its existence.
- Sundials – Measuring the shadow cast by the sun as it traverses across the sky was perhaps the earliest form of time piece, which was first created by the Greeks and then perfected by the Romans.
- Water Clocks – Of course, the sundial only works on a cloudless day, so the Romans created the water clock, which is based on the principle that water will drain at a constant rate. This was developed and continued to be used around the world for many centuries, along with other, less reliable methods of measuring time.
- The Pendulum Clock – The first mechanical clock appeared in the 18th century, and it is said that Galileo improved on initial devices after he noticed the swinging lamp in the cathedral at Pisa while he was studying there.
- Wearable Timepieces – The Industrial Revolution certainly drove forward the need for efficient time measurement and by the mid-19th century, aristocrats began to tuck fob watches into their waistcoat and for about twenty years, timepieces were the exclusive property of the wealthy. Then, watchmakers focused on creating affordable timepieces, as more and more people were governed by time. The history behind vintage watches is indeed colourful, as more and more watchmakers worked to create better instruments that could reliably tell the time. Indeed, today, vintage watches are still coveted by many collectors and such was the precision and quality that these timepieces still work today.
- The Dollar Watch – In 1892, the first “dollar watch” arrived in the US, and the Ingersoll Company actually sold one million of these cheap and reliable watches. In the early 20th century, the first wristwatches emerged and they were embraced by the fashion industry and immediately became popular. For more detailed information on the history of timepieces, here is an informative article that looks at how these devices have changed over the years.
- The Digital Watch – The 1970s saw the arrival of the digital watch, with a Japanese company called Casio developing a watch that had many functions. Of course, stem winding watches continued their development as well and to this day. They are still fashionable and extremely accurate.
- The Laser – Invented in the 1960s, the laser changed time measurement completely, allowing precise time measurement to incredible detail. This was of great benefit to both science and industry and in particular, navigation.
Since the Industrial Revolution, time measurement developed in leaps and bounds, yet the stylish and elegant vintage and antique timepieces are still in great demand today. If you would like to own a vintage timepiece, there are online dealers who have extensive collections at affordable prices, and such an investment is sure to appreciate over time.
*Disclaimer – This article is published in partnership of Mediabuzzer.