We live in a world where we are always in a hurry and meeting schedules is a must in almost every profession. Arriving late takes bad, including in interpersonal relationships and, because of this, almost all people like to wear a good watch. In addition to helping in punctuality, over time, they have become icons of style and fashion, reaching high levels of value and becoming object of desire of many people. But it has not always been like this: humanity has marked hours in various ways to get to what we have today. Want to find out how they did it? Read and follow the text and know the various types of watches already invented.
It is possibly the oldest way mankind has found to mark the hours: using the shadow of an object projected by the sun. It is supposed that in even more remote times, man already gauged the passage of the day based on the length of his own shadow, which grew until noon and then declined. However, the earliest truly effective sun clock is dated back to the year 1500 BC in Egypt. Made in stone and T-shaped, whose position of shadow at the top indicated the time.
Also called a clepsydra, the water clock was one of the earliest systems created by mankind to measure the passage of time. It consisted of two vessels at distinct levels, one upper with liquid and the other lower, empty at the beginning. Through an opening in the top vessel, the liquid was passed to the bottom and this was measured with a scale. The oldest dating from 500 BC, also from Egypt.
The sand clock, also known as hourglass, is a very old way too to measure hours. They are two transparent cones or cones that communicate through a hole that allows the passage of a small amount of sand. The time elapsed for this passage corresponds to a predetermined period of hours. Much used in ships, churches and even in the initial use of telephones, to measure the duration of calls.
Originating in the city of Nuremberg, Germany, around the year 1500, the pocket watch is also known as “Nuremberg Egg”. Made of iron, it was moved by rope and constituted by a complex mechanism. It has allowed us to measure time more accurately and is considered very important for various experiments and inventions, especially in Europe. They were regarded as true jewels and a symbol of the aristocracy.
Arisen in the nineteenth century, with paternity discussed between the Brazilian Santos Dumont and the company Patek Philippe, were at first feminine props and usually made to order. In fact, it was up to the father of aviation to popularize him, especially in the male world. Soldiers in the First World War needed a way to see the hours and further disseminated their use.
This type of watch uses electronic means to control the hours. It has the power usually supplied by a battery and the hours appear on a display. They are small and very cheap, although they are not considered elegant. They are present in several devices like microwaves, radios and cellular.
These are the types of watches that have made and are still part of the history of the human being. Checking the hours has always been a necessity, which nowadays is attended with more precision than ever. That is, there are no more excuses to arrive late! Is that you? Have you been punctual?