Fun Fact March 9, 2022.

Pocket or wrist, digital or analog, manual or self winding.  Today we watch the watch.  Ideas for these Fun Facts come from a variety of places.  This one is from my youngest son, Levi.  He asked me why is a watch called a watch and I didn’t know, but now I do and soon, so will you.  Watches were developed in the 17th century and were a smaller version of the spring powered clocks.  They were not very accurate until around 1657 when a balance spring was added.  As a matter of fact, the minute hand wasn’t added to watches until 1680 because they were so inaccurate.  With the balance spring the watch would loose a few minutes instead of a few hours each day.  Now, why are they called a watch.  Couple of possibilities.  One account is that the word watch came from the Old English word woecce, which meant watchmen.  The town watchmen kept track of how long they were on duty by using a timepiece.  A similar account is from sailors who used a timepiece to manage their shipboard watch keeping.  Thanks for the idea Levi, keep them coming.  Listen to the podcast here;