A Brief History of the Watch

It’s thought that clockmaker Peter Henlein invented the watch sometime in the early 1500s in the German town of Nuremberg. Originally known as "clock-watches," timepieces were worn as pendants.

The watch evolved over the centuries and into the mid-20th century, when the watch was still a mechanical device powered by winding a mainspring, which turned the gears and then moved the hands. In the 1960s, the quartz watch was invented and revolutionized the industry. The quartz watch runs on electricity and keeps time with a vibrating quartz crystal,. Although mechanical watches are still available today, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.