#1 The term “Happy Time” is a marketing technique used by watch sellers. The watches are set to show the time as 10 minutes past 10 o’clock or 10 minutes to two o’clock to make it appear as if it is smiling, making buyers feel good.
#2 The most famous pocket watch of all has a portrait of King Henry VIII on it.
#3 With the invention of the watch mainspring in the early 15th century, it helped watches evolve to what they are today. It is a little spiral metal ribbon that allows portable clocks to be built, and eventually assisted the transformation of normal clocks into the first pocket watches.
#4 During WW1, wristwatches became incredibly important and popular as the men wore the timepieces on their wrists rather than on a chain around their neck as it was easier to check the time without moving their hand whereas women wore wristwatches for fashion in the early 20th Century.
#5 Both American and Russian astronauts wore Omega Speedmaster watches on their missions to space (the mission to the moon and the Apollo-Soyuz craft meeting), making this watch a favourite among astronauts!
#6 Watches come in many colours, but the most commonly used and gifted watch colour is black.
#7 This 1972 Pulsar P1 by Hamilton USA was the first LED watch ever sold to the public and was inspired by the 1968 sci-fi movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”. According to sources, only 400 pieces were ever made and had to be recalled, therefore getting your hands on an item like this is quite unique.
#8 The Patek Philippe Caliber 89 is the world’s most complicated mechanical pocket watch. Crafted in 1989, it took over five years of research and development plus another four years just to produce. This Patek is made from 18-carat gold and has 24 hands, 1,728 components in total and 33 special features, including a thermometer and a star chart. Absolutely a work of art.