No matter how far we come in technology, the mechanical movements of a timeless wristwatch will always be a fascinating work of art. In this article, you’ll discover these milestone moments from the first 100 years of the wristwatch’s history.
1904 The first Cartier wristwatch is created. Louis Cartier develops the Santos for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian flying legend. Santos-Dumont complains that pocket watches are unreliable and dangerous to use while flying, so Louis makes him a wristwatch with a square face and flat profile.
1916 Heuer invented the first sports stopwatches with a precision of 1/100th of a second. The sportswatches are called Mikrograph and Microsplit. Due to Heuer’s technical prowess, it became the official timekeeper of the 1920 Olympic Games.
1926 Rolex invented the very first waterproof watch. These watches were dustproof and waterproof, and were hermetically sealed, thusly named by Rolex “Oyster”. Even today, several Rolex collections are designated as Oyster Perpetual. This designation can be found on the dials on several Rolex collections.
1936 IWC launched its first Special Pilot’s Watch. The watch was equipped with a rotating bezel used to measure and register take-off times. The watch was also equipped with an anti-magnetic escapement.
1969 Buzz Aldrin became the very first human being, and astronaut to wear the famous, and legendary Omega Speedmaster Professional on the Moon!
1972 Audemars Piguet developed the legendary Royal Oak Collection – the first collection of high-end sports watches made of steel.
1980 Hublot launched a brand new concept in the world of watchmaking: a natural rubber strap attached to a case made of precious metal. Until then, this concept was completely unheard of since cases made of precious metals were either attached to leather straps or gold bracelets.
1985 Rolex started using the 904L stainless steel alloy, which is one of the toughest steel grades you can find today. The 904L is used primarily in the aerospace and chemical industries and in the world of high-technology.
2005 Rolex invented and patented the cerachrom bezel which is a ceramic bezel nearly impervious to scratches. It was conceived and invented for durable functionality and beauty.
2009 Breitling Replica UK created the famous Caliber 01 in-house chronograph movement which is considered to be one of the most prominent automatic chronogaph movements in the world.