Encyclopedia Britannica states that watches are portable devices that function for timekeeping. Watches were originally designed to be kept in the pocket. However, they have evolved over time to be worn on the wrist with a band. Some brands of watches have also risen and reinvented themselves to be one of the most desired, with brands such as TagHeuer and Seiko being renowned for their high-quality watches, wonderfully made, aesthetic design, and sleek function alongside their steep prices.
Other great options include Seiko. There is plenty of good Seiko watch price in the Philippines.
Here are the top 10 watch trivia that will surely tickle watch lovers’ fancy worldwide!
A DJ got his son a Rolex
DJ Khaled got his son a custom-made Rolex that fit perfectly and snugly on his tiny wrist. The famed DJ had posted a video on his Instagram account depicting him in the process of buying his son a watch. According to the counter employee, the watch cost $34,000. Before producing the watch, the child’s wrist had been measured so that the watch could fit him perfectly.
The DJ’s son, Asadh, now enjoys a bright presence on his Instagram. Aside from Rolex, he sports luxury brands such as Yeezys, Jordans, and other high-end brands. He also regularly rubs shoulders with his father’s famous friends in the music industry. These friends include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber.
Rolex is Not a Swiss Brand
While the watch brand Rolex is now based in Switzerland, the renowned brand was not founded there. Rather, Rolex was founded in England by German watch distributor Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Its first name and incarnation in England were dubbed ‘Wilsdorf and Davis.’ Its founding fathers had desired a name that was short and easy to remember and pronounce, hence the name.
The United States and the Soviet Union sowed many achievements in space and earth. One of the Soviet Union’s victories was the flying of the first man in space. The first man in space turned out to be Yuri Gagarin, who was from the Soviet Union. The watch he wore when he went to space was the Sturmanskie. He had left earth and went to space on the 12th of April 1961 from Baikonur Cosmodrome (now known as Kazakhstan). The watch had been a graduation gift from the time he had graduated from the renowned Chkalov Air Force Pilot School in Orenberg.
Popularity in WWI
During the earlier 20th century, women preferred to wear their watches on their wrists. Meanwhile, men wore their watches under their wrists because it was easier to check the time.
Producing watches was a handy skill that could save lives during World War II. In the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, there was a watch workshop. The workshop focused on repairing the watches taken from when the Jews arrived in the camp. The repaired watches would then be given to German soldiers and others active in the war effort.
A total of 160 Jewish watchmakers were sent in from different concentration camps. Compared to their fellow laborers, the watchmakers received significantly better treatment. Moreover, due to their high demand (and horological skillset), the watchmakers could escape death as the war raged on.
The Most Complicated Watch
Phillip Patek may have created the most complicated watch in watchmaking history. The Patek Philippe Caliber 89 is the world’s most complicated mechanical pocket watch. The watch was originally crafted in 1989. It had taken over five years of development. After the years of development, production took four years. The watch’s features include 8-carat gold and have 24 hands, 1,728 components in total, 33 special features, and a thermometer and star chart.
The Watch During the Queen’s Coronation
Queen Elizabeth II’s featured watch was a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 timepiece during her coronation. During her coronation, the timepiece was noted for its tiny mechanical movement. It had the smallest mechanical movement in the world for its time.
The King Who Stole the Prime Minister’s Watch
King Farouk of Egypt was noted in history as a kleptomaniac. There has been gossip that he had asked a professional thief how to improve his skills in pickpocketing. In 1942, Winston Churchill went to Egypt on a state visit.
Bill Clinton’s first watch choice during his first presidential campaign was a Timex Ironman Triathlon piece. As a result, Swiss watch brands campaigned against him. Omega notably ran an advertisement suggesting that Clinton should use something more appropriate instead of a Timex. With Clinton later acquiring Cartier, Panerai, Franck Muller, Roger Dubuis, and A. Lange & Söhne, it’s clear he took the advice to heart.
Luther Abrams is quite a jack of all trades type of guy. He loves exploring new things and cultivating his knowledge every now and then. Today, he grows more and more interested in jewelry and watches and even writes about such things in his free time.