History of Luxury Watches : A Timeline by Johnson Watch

History of Luxury Watches Infographic by Johnson Watch
History of Luxury Watches : A Timeline by Johnson Watch Co

Where it all started

It all began around 2000 BCE, when humans used Obelisks and Sundials to calculate time. In the last 4000 years, we have through substantial changes in timekeeping and for sure technology helped us a lot. Hour Glasses, Pocket Watches, Wrist Watches, Smart watches and now timepieces as objects of luxury, we’ve come a long way.

Timeline of Luxury Watches

Today watches are more than just an accessory that tells time. It serves as a testament to man’s indomitable spirit: ability to harness time and scrap it to our writs. Above

1735 : Blancpain Watches

1812 : The first “wristwatch” came in as a bracelet watch created by A.L. Breguet for Napoleon’s sister Caroline, Queen of Naples. Which was later inspiration for Reine De Naples Collection by Breguet Watches

1830 : Baume and Mercier Watches

1832 : Longines Watches

1833 : Jaeger LeCoulture Watches

1839 : Patek Philippe Geneve Watches

1847 : Cartier Watches

1848 : Omega Watches

1850 : Abraham Lincoln bought a gold pocket watch. Its case was American Made while the movement was British.

1856 : Burberry Watches

1860 : Tag Heuer Watch, Officine Panerai Watches, Chopard Watches

1865 : Zenith Watches

1868 : IWC Schaffhausen Watches

1875 : Bulova, Audemars Piguet

1881 : Seiko Watches, Bulgari Watches

1883 : Alpina Geneve

1884 : Breitling Watches

1904 : Oris

1905 : Rolex Wrist Watches were the first in world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision

1906 : Montblanc Watches

1910 : Chanel

1911 : Ebel

1921 : Gucci

1926 : Rolex Develops the Oyster Perpetual, the first waterproof watch. Ads showed the watch being submerged in an Aquarium

1930 : First ever Stop Watch developed by Breitling

1950 : Johnson Watch Co established in Connaught Place, New Delhi India

1951 : The STRUMANSKIE is the first wrist watch worn by an astronaut into outer space (Supposedly)

1957 : The first electrically powered watch developed by Hamilton Watch Company

1962 : The first analogue quartz watch prototype is developed by CEH

1963 : In a novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, James Bond is said to knock out a bad guy with a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on an expanding bracelet”

1969 : The first Analogue Quartz Watch marketed by Seiko hits the stores in time for Christmas

1969 : Buzz Aldrin, took the Omega Speedmaster as the first watch to walk on the Moon.

1970 : The first digital LCD watch developed by Optel Corporation and manufactured by Bulova and SSIH.

1972 : The first all-electric wrist watch, named after Pulsar, is developed by HMW

1973 : Pequignet

1975 : Maurice Lacroix

1976 : Raymond Weil Watches

1980 : Hublot Watches

1983 : The first LCD television watch is developed by Seiko

1988 : Frederique Constant Geneve

1992 : Bell and Ross

1995 : Nick English, co-founder of Bremont is nearly killed in an air crash. This accident claimed his father’s life, and inspired him to create the aviation-themed watch brand

1999 : Designed by Patek Philippe, the Henry Graves “Supercomplication” is sold for £ 7,181,559 ($11 Million). It’s the most expensive watch ever sold at auction. It was later re auctioned at a whooping price of $23 Million.

2000 : U-Boat

2002 : Bremont

2003 : B.R.M

2012  : Rue Du Rhone | A hunter got lost in the dense Alaskan wilderness. Fortunately, he was wearing a Breitling Emergency. The watch’s tracking beacon helped emergency personnel locate the man and save his life.

2013 : Hoptroff is developed the first self powered atomic pocket watch. It is developed with the help of US Department of Defense.

Longest Watch Manufacturing Time

18 months- This is the longest acknowledged manufacturing time, claimed by A. Lange and Sohne.The brand makes around 5000 watches a year making it very exclusive.

Most Complicated Watch in the World

Boasting 57 complications and a wide array of functions, the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 contains over 2,800 components, each one hand-decorated by one Master Watchmaker using traditional techniques. No price is officially available for the Vacheron Constantin 57206 , but it’s estimated to run in the vicinity of US$5 million

Top Grossing Watch Brand

With $4.4 Billion as annual revenue, Rolex is world’s top grossing luxury watch brand.


Collected by Johnson Watch Co

The above information is just for representation purpose and has been gathered from multiple sources. Accuracy of same isn’t guaranteed and readers are requested to recheck the facts from brands themselves.

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