posted on Dec, 16 2008 @ 02:35 PM
reply to post by Schmidt1989
The first timepieces to be worn were transitional in size between clocks and watches. These 'clock-watches' were fastened to clothing or worn on
a chain around the neck. They were heavy drum shaped cylindrical brass boxes several inches in diameter, engraved and ornamented. They had only an
hour hand. The face was not covered with glass, but usually had a hinged brass cover, often decoratively pierced with grillwork so the time could be
read without opening. The movement was made of iron or steel and held together with tapered pins and wedges, until screws began to be used after 1550.
Many of the movements included striking or alarm mechanisms. They usually had to be wound twice a day. The shape later evolved into a rounded form;
these were called Nürnberg eggs. Still later in the century there was a trend for unusually shaped watches, and watches shaped like books, animals,
fruit, stars, flowers, insects, crosses, and even skulls (Death's head watches) were made.
It should not be thought that the reason for wearing these early clock-watches was to tell the time. The accuracy of their verge and foliot movements
was so poor, perhaps several hours per day, that they were practically useless. They were made as jewelry and novelties for the nobility, valued for
their fine ornamentation, unusual shape, or intriguing mechanism, and accurate timekeeping was of very minor importance.
 Pocketwatches: 1600
Styles changed in the 1600s and men began to wear watches in pockets instead of as pendants (the woman's watch remained a pendant into the 20th
century). This is said to have occurred in 1675 when Charles II of England introduced waistcoats.