5 Luxury Watch Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About
Whether you are a luxury watch aficionado or simply like to wear a watch for keeping track of time, you might accept that the culture encircling fine watches is as fascinating as any other in the luxury industry. We are all continually keeping time, chasing time as well as managing time. You may have a passing interest in timepieces or are aware that a luxury watch typically works more than a mere timepiece. But we are pretty sure that you don’t know about some watch facts that we have compiled below. Before you head out to sell your luxury watch or ‘sell watch London’, take a look at these five interesting watch facts:
1. Wristwatches were first made for women
In 1868, Patek Philippe of Switzerland designed the first ever wristwatch for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary. Tied on with ribbons, it was primarily made as a decorative jewellery piece. However, the watch didn’t go off well with the gentlemen of those days who favoured pocket watches.
Men’s wristwatches came into light only during World War I. While Louis Cartier escorted his pilot friend, Alberto Santos Dumont on many flights, he noticed that Alberto brawled to track the time when keeping both his hands on the plane. Soon after this, Louis Cartier aspired to manufacture the first ‘Aviator’ wristwatch, sporting leather band along with small clasp that has become the key elements of the contemporary ‘Aviator’ watches.
2. Rolex was established in England
The universally-recognised luxury wristwatch brand – Rolex tops the list of the most valuable watch manufacturers, positioning itself as the crowning jewel of the Swiss watch-making. Although the brand ‘Montres Rolex S.A.’ was registered in 1920 in Geneva, it was founded fifteen years ago, nearly 1,000km away in London, England.
The founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf shifted to London for importing premium Swiss movements. Initially, the company was named after Hans Wilsdorf and his partner cum brother-in-law Alfred Davis. But, it was renamed to Rolex by Wilsdorf in 1908. However, while The Great War brought racial repression towards Wilsdorf, he had to leave England forcibly and returned to Switzerland. Since then, the company remained in Switzerland.
3. The Rolex Oyster isn’t the first waterproof watch
In 1926, Rolex launched the first waterproof watch of the world, the Oyster. A year later, the timepiece accompanied the famous swimmer Mercedes Gleitze in crossing the breadth of the English Channel. The Rolex Oyster was such a miracle that jewellers adopted a clever marketing tactic of displaying the watch in shops submerged in the fish bowls. It caught the attention of the public and welded the idea that the Oyster was the very first water resistant watch.
However, the fact is that the first waterproof watch was not Rolex but a silver pocket watch manufactured by Messrs. Petit and Trappett. The timepiece was manifested at the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 at the Crystal Palace, London. The best part is that the watch was exhibited submerged in one glass globe, surrounded by silver and goldfish.
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4. Omega was primarily the name of a movement
Many watch brands began their journey in watch-making with a name that is entirely not identical to the name they carry today. For example, Patek Philippe was first named as Patek, Czapek & Cie. When Philippe joined, and Czapek left, the name changed to ‘Patek Philippe’ that makes a perfect sense.
Like many others, Omega started with the name of its founder Louis Brandt and nearly after thirty years, the named changed to ‘Louis Brandt & Fils’ when Brandt’s sons joined the business. However, the company introduced a high-tech movement in 1894 that ensures high-end accuracy, usability and reliability. This movement was termed as ‘Omega’ (last letter of the Greek alphabet). While the movement broke numerous records and won multiple awards, the manufacturer decided to rename the company in 1903 to ‘Omega’.
5. NASA has ever approved only one ‘Moon Watch’
NASA has approved only one watch for spacewalks or ‘Extra Vehicular Activity’, and it was Omega. The Omega ‘Moon Watch’ was the only timepiece that survived the rigorous testing of NASA.
The watch accompanied the Apollo 13 astronauts during every six moon landings to keep track of their re-entry time. However, this Omega ‘Moon Watch’ features extra Velcro straps with tools and a loupe and sports a self-winding co-axial movement that is highly durable.
Thus, these were the five interesting watch facts that you probably didn’t have known. However, if you are looking to sell your luxury watch, ‘sell watch London’ or sell watches for cash, get in touch with reliable watch buyers to make the process smooth.
Choose a trustworthy watch buyer in London to ‘sell watch’ and begin the process by filling up their online form to get a price quote. Whether you choose to ‘sell watches for cash’ online or via appointment, professional watch dealers will make the process convenient, straightforward and hassle-free for you.