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Over the ages clocks have been viewed as a symbol of status by those who own them. Their precision, elegance and convenience are just some of the attributes that clocks and watches represent. Often they are bought solely for aesthetic pleasure and at other times they are bought because of their technical attributes like being precise to the last second or even millisecond. This is what makes clocks and watches so collectible and in some cases they can command lots of money.

Here we will take a look at wristwatches, from their inaccurate primitive beginnings, through their evolution into today's high precision watches.

It is interesting to think that many of the top wristwatch brands today have been around for more than a 100 years, while some have even been in existence as long as 250 years. I guess it takes some time to get good at making wristwatches.

People keeping track of time, has been in existence almost for as long as humanity. The Egyptians first started using the 24 hour day in 2000BC they kept time with water clocks. These clocks work by measuring the amount of water that runs out of a water container in a time period. Water clocks are however very inaccurate. Shortly after that candle clocks and hourglasses began to be used.

Around the 16th century BC they started to track time by using shadow clocks and a system of measuring time by the position of the stars was also developed (buy casio watches online)

Before the 15th century watches where too large for people to carry aroundwith them. At the time watches used a combination of clockwork and gravity to keep track of time.

In the begining the wristwatch was considered a women's stylish fashion accessory. Men used pocket watches. Watch makers did not like wristwatches because they where too tiny for them to design really accurate ones. Things changed in the 19th century when soldiers started using wristwatches, it was easier in a battle than to look for your pocket watch. Claims that wristwatches where 'girly' stopped and more men started buying them.

The first wristwatches were made from steel, then later brass. They had no balance springs and were very inaccurate. Many of them only had an hour arm not a minute one. Watches made a large leap in accuracy in 1704 when the French started using rubies in watches to improve accuracy.

In 1884, Greenwich, England was named the zero meridian, a worldwide accepted starting point for global time zones. After 1900, advances in metallurgy improved the mechanisms, mostly because the balance spring was sensitive to temperature and position buy Casio watches online.

A more recent advance in watch making has been from Casio. The have started making watches that automatically update their time from an central broadcasting centre. This makes these new watches very accurate.