HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: When Were Watches First Invented You Asked UsYou Asked Us: When Were Watches First Invented Disputed definitions and mysterious history abound… by Rob Nudds May 22, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: When Were Watches First InventedAs is becoming something of a trope, I’d like to start this edition of You Asked Us with another question entirely. Before we can answer “When were watches first invented”, we must first address the somewhat broader question of “What is a watch?”
I’m sure you have a pretty good image in your head. I did too. And then I really started to think about it. How does one really draw a line between watches and clocks? On the surface there are a few simple suggestions that seem to hold weight, but ultimately fall down thanks to exceptional outliers spoiling the party for everyone else.
A clean definitionMany sources will define a watch as a portable timepiece. This definition is insufficient, simply because portable clocks also patently exis..