A watch is a small timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person.
It is designed to keep working despite the motions caused by the person's activities.
1930s – the Officine Panerai It is now universally accepted that the first ever pure diving watch were the Panerais used by the Italians in the early days of the war.
What is not so well known is that they were essentially Rolex model 3646 with a special dial made by Panerai.
In a letter to its retailers dated from the 1950s, the manufacture had indeed indicated that it never released more than 24 examples with the same design, which explains the countless variations of indexes and handset shapes that can be found for the very same reference.Today most inexpensive and medium-priced watches, used mainly for timekeeping, have quartz movements.Expensive collectible watches, valued more for their elaborate craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal and glamorous design than for simple timekeeping, often have traditional mechanical movements, even though they are less accurate and more expensive than electronic ones.The prime impetus for the development of the diver’s watch was (and has continued to be) the needs of combat swimmers in the armed forces of the developed world’s nations.In this article, I will take watches from every decade from the 1930s up until the 1980s and show how the needs of combat swimmers forced the development of watches we now consider iconic.