Watch History – A Brief History of Time

  • B.C. 742 First recorded mention of the sundial.
  • A.D. 330 Sand glasses known to be in use.
  • 1368 Clock making began in England.
  • 1500 Mainspring invented by Peter Henlein, a locksmith of Nurenberg.
  • 1511 The first portable clock (by Peter Henlein).
  • 1581 Galileo discovered the properties of the pendulum.
  • 1675 Royal Observatory at Greenwich founded.
  • 1730 The first cuckoo clock was constructed in Germany.
  • 1780 The hair spring was invented by Breguet, in Paris.
  • 1875 The first alarm clock appeared in Germany.
  • 1900 First wrist watches appeared.
  • 1916 Summer Time first introduced.
  • 1926 First waterproof watch invented by Rolex.
  • 1931 First perpetual self-winding watch invented by Rolex.
  • 1932 Luigi Altobelli repairs first watch in new Chicago location.
  • 1937 Quartz crystal clocks introduced at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
  • 1948 Luigi Altobelli begins to repair watches in new North Hollywood location.
  • 1953 First pressure proof watch invented by Rolex.
  • 1954 First watch with Helium escape valve for deep sea diving by Rolex.
  • 1955 Atomic clock invented in England.
  • 1957 The first electric wrist watches marketed by Hamilton Watch Co., USA
  • 1967 Quartz crystal watch module developed in Switzerland and Japan.
  • 1973 First LCD quartz watch with six-digit digital display made by Seiko.
  • 1988 Analogue quartz watch using kinetic energy source, marketed by Seiko.