DO You Know? | 2018-06-14 |


DO You Know?

    14 June, 2018 12:00 AM printer

•    The first wristwatch with an alarm function was produced by luxury Swiss watchmaker Eterna in 1908, but it did not enter into production until 1914.

•    The origins of the first wristwatch are uncertain. Some say it was designed by Louis Cartier so that his friend, Mr. Santos-Dumont, could fly a plane without have to take his hands off the controls to reach for a pocket watch. Others claim the first wristwatch was first invented by a man named Patek Phillipe, back in 1868. His ‘Platinum Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch’ was sold for a whopping 3.1 million dollars in May of 2008.

•    The digital watch concept had its origins in the 1968 sci-fi feature film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Director Stanley Kubrick commissioned Hamilton Watch Company to design a futuristic-looking – but non-functioning – timepiece to be worn by the film’s space pilots.

•    An engineer working for NASA called Dimitroff Petroff is generally recognised for building the first working digital watch. The First electric watches were created in the US by Hamilton Watch Company (Hamilton 500) in 1957.

•    An experimental Rolex Deep Sea Special wristwatch was attached to the exterior of the Trieste deep sea exploration vehicle when it touched the very bottom of the Mariana Trench on January 23, 1960, reaching a depth of 35,814 feet (10,916 meters). It successfully withstood tremendous pressure that no submersible, let alone watch, had confronted. When they surfaced they checked the watch – it was completely dry inside and hadn’t lost a second.