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A Brief History of the Wristwatch.

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A Brief History of the Wristwatch.

By: George Downs/The Wall Street Journal The military origins of wearable tech, a century before the Apple Watch Today it seems quaint to think of people getting the time from church bells and factory whistles, but before World War I it was commonplace. People had clocks at home, and gentlemen carried pocket watches, but most people went without a watch. Wristwatches were chiefly worn by women as decorative pieces rather than for precise timekeeping. The Great War was a turning point. Crouching in a trench or exchanging gunfire with the enemy, soldiers hardly had the time to grab a watch...

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