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For this week, here's something a little different... WatchTime has a new feature tracking the progress of the non-smart wristwatch over the course of the 20th century. They go much further back than that of course—according to Wikipedia the first recorded wristwatch was a gift to Elizabeth I, in 1571!

Pocket watches were more the thing for men, at least until the onset of the First World War:

Many soldiers in World War I preferred a quickly readable watch on the wrist to a timepiece safely tucked away in a pocket of their uniform jacket. One consequence of this was that after the Great War ended, the wristwatch became popular among men, many of whom had formerly belittled it as a feminine accessory.
The piece goes on to feature the progress of wristwatches over the decades, including the first quartz models with digital LED displays, and the rise of Swatch through the 1980s. Conspicuously absent, however, is any mention of the disastrous misstep otherwise known as Swatch Internet Time, wherein the company thought it would be a good idea to redivide a 24 hour day into 1,000 beats.

More at the link immediately below!

Source: WatchTime