Notable Historical Facts
These pocket watches were incredibly big, which is why people wore them around neck. There are rumors that in the famous painting of Henry VIII, the medallion on his neck is a big pocket watch, which he owned, and not a medalion how most people think.Leonardo da Vinci draw a sketch of a fusee for a clock. The system used in his sketch was later used in watch industry.In 1583 Galileo Galilei realized that how often does a pendulum swing depends on its length.Breguet was the most preferred watch of the Russian Tsars. Breguet was also worn by Napoleon at Waterloo.In 1795 Breguet was the one to invent the tourbillon – which till nowadays represents a great horological achievement. Some historians say that the first to invent watches were people from Egypt and Mesopotamia. The period was 1500 BC. They developed a mechanical way of estimating time by the flow of running water. The first accurate clocks were created by Italian monks almost 3000 years later, i. e. around 1524 AD. They developed more or less precise clock to know when they have to pray. Clocks told time using acoustical indicators, there were no hands to show time.The first pocket watches were invented in Tudor, England, in the 16th century.