The History of The Watch

The watch first appeared in the 15th century, supposedly derived from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”.  One school of thought is that the device was utilized to track the time between guards shifts.

The accessory as we know it today derived during the 16th century as an actual  mechanical device that utilizes the winding power of springs and gears.  These mechanisms allowed the movement of the hands, and kept time with a rotating circle or wheel.