5 Things You Didn’t Know About Watches

The watch is an item of jewellery that adorns many people’s wrists each and every day. Stylish as well as functional, vintage Rolex watches can add a touch of elegance to any outfit, as well as any other well-designed watch. There are some facts which people may not know about this classic piece, so take a look at our 5 facts that you probably didn’t know.


1 – The wristwatch was first designed for women

The first wristwatch was made by Patek Philippe of Switzerland for Countess Koscowica of Hungary, in 1868. It was tied on with ribbons and was intended to be a piece of decorative jewellery. This did not go down well with the gentlemen of the day, as they preferred pocket watches. Men’s wristwatches only became a fad during World War l, when soldiers realised how practical they were whilst carrying out newly timed artillery attacks.

2 – Diving watches are tested until they implode.

The Rolex Submariner, which was worn by Sean Connery in the bond films, and was the first watch to be water resistant down to 100m. In fact, it is still considered to be the most wearable diving watch of today. Rolex tests each Deepsea in a 1.3 tonne hyperbaric chamber. This chamber stimulates the pressure at 4,875m. It is an expensive process, as the tiniest flaw can make the watch implode.

Meanwhile, the Swiss firm Clerc, are actually strapping their next generation of diving watches to submarines. So, you should be fine wearing it in the shower!

3 – The first sports watch was worn by polo players.

Polo was always referred to as a ‘gentleman’s sport‘, however the game isn’t so gentlemanly. Players tend to get whacked by 4ft mallets and hit over the head by rock-hard balls that can ping off in any direction. Therefore, watchmaker, Jacques-David LeCoultre was challenged to design a tough watch to withstand this game. It featured an ingenious case that flipped over to protect the glass. The world’s top polo players still rely on these to time a seven-minute chukker.

4 – Watches are often pre-set to show 10:10

Why is this? Well, when displayed at that time the hand on watch resembles a smiley face. This will help to subconsciously raise the customer’s mood, which apparently makes them more inclined to make a purchase.

It has also been said that it is set to this time so the hands are not overlapping, and that they are clearly visible and won’t get in the way of watches logo.

5 – NASA has only ever approved one “moon watch”.

The modern Omega watch is almost identical to the one worn by Buzz Aldrin in 1969. Neil Armstrong actually left his behind in the lunar module! This watch is still the only one ever to be approved by NASA. The Omega was chosen as it was the only timepiece to survive NASA’s testing. Other watches had problems like melting.

What does it mean to give a watch as a gift?

Timepieces have been used as gifts for hundreds of years. We’re pretty sure that everyone reading this has, at some point in their lives, been given a watch of some description. Perhaps you’ve chosen one to give to someone for their birthday, or Christmas. But very few people know the meanings behind presenting a watch as a gift, whether it’s vintage Rolex watches, or a budget digital watch.

A vintage wrist watch on a woman like those available at Coopers Jewellery

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What Coloured Engagement Ring Should You Choose?

Engagement rings can come in all different shapes and sizes. If you are the one proposing, you may be thinking about what ring you should get. You could be looking at classic diamond engagement rings or even a white gold ring, filled with a coloured stone. However, with coloured gems there is actually a meaning behind each stone.

classic diamond engagement rings on a leather surface

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Five reasons why wearing a watch are could make you more successful

There are several reasons why wearing a watch in the professional world can be beneficial to you. As well as being extremely helpful, it is also an accessory to your style.

A successful man looking at vintage Rolex watches

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The history and origins of why our clocks go back

We might be pulling the plug on summer a fraction too soon, but we don’t think anyone would really notice, do you? So as autumn creeps in and the sun begins its daily routine of setting earlier, the age old question begins to do the rounds, “when do the clocks go back?”

Big Ben at night telling time like our Pocket Watches UK at Coopers

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