Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 15:50 UTC
Apple "According to Chinese gadget news site Tech.163, Apple may be in the process of developing its own smart watch that connects to your Apple devices via Bluetooth. Based on the report, Intel will be working with Apple to create the smart watch, with a 1.5-inch PMOLED display made by RiTDisplays with ITO-coated glass." It must be the holiday lull. I'm this close to putting this in the joke category.
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RE[6]: Good idea, wrong producer
by MOS6510 on Fri 28th Dec 2012 12:51 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Good idea, wrong producer"
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Pocket watches are not common in modern times, having been superseded by wristwatches. Up until the start of the 20th century, though, the pocket watch was predominant and the wristwatch was considered feminine and unmanly. In men's fashions, pocket watches began to be superseded by wristwatches around the time of World War I, when officers in the field began to appreciate that a watch worn on the wrist was more easily accessed than one kept in a pocket. A watch of transitional design, combining features of pocket watches and modern wristwatches, was called trench watch or "wristlet". However, pocket watches continued to be widely used in railroading even as their popularity declined elsewhere.
The use of pocket watches in a professional environment came to an ultimate end in approximately 1943. The Royal Navy of the British military distributed to their sailors Waltham pocket watches, which were 9 jewel movements, with black dials, and numbers coated with radium for visibility in the dark, in anticipation of the eventual D-Day invasion. The same Walthams were ordered by the Canadian military as well. Hanhart was a brand which was used by the Germans, although the German U-Boat captains (and their allied counterparts) were more likely to use stopwatches for timing torpedo runs

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Laurence Member since:

Yeah, I'm familiar with pocket watches as one of my closest mates collects them. ;)

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MOS6510 Member since:

Then you have a very cool mate.

The most amazing are these 19th century pocket watches. It's a blend between art, technology, history and for that time (no pun intended) perhaps a touch of science fiction. It's also a period where things were made to last, not to expire like stuff is now.

It's hard, well impossible more likely, to image what a pocket watch did to someone living in a society that isn't so time driven as ours is now. I guess people often asked you what time it was. Nobody does that anymore now.

In fact, it's very hard not to know what time it is these days. But it was back then and if you had a pocket watch you did know.

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