Apple Watch? Any watch!

When Apple previewed their Apple Watch earlier this week, we loved comedian Ellen de Generes’s Tweet about it.

apple watch ellen quote twitterHow we laughed. For years we’ve all been checking the time on our phones, and now Apple want us to check our time on an Apple watch?! Ridiculous!

Or not, of course. Maybe Apple have inadvertently done the watch business a favour. It’s got us thinking about those antiquated timepieces we so rarely wear these days, at least.

The Apple Watch may be on the first (not the first) computer watches, but watches in some form have been around since the 15th Century. That is a long time!

The concept of the wristwatch goes back to the production of the very earliest watches in the 16th century. Elizabeth I of England received a wristwatch from Robert Dudley in 1571,  described as an arm watch. From the beginning, wrist watches were almost exclusively worn by women, while men used pocket-watches up until the early 20th century.

And then along came phones. Ask for the time these days and most people are likely to bring their mobile out. But there are a lot of lovely watches out there – so why not go old school and treat yourself, not to an Apple Watch, but a well, a real watch!


apple watch watches mensClockwise, from top left: Casio unisex digital watch, £25, Debenhams, gold white face watch £155, French Connection, Navy stripe watch, £11.99, New Look, Blue detail watch, £95, slim rectangle watch, £80, both French Connection, black face watch, £19.99, New Look, Rocha.John Rocha watch, £70, Debenhams, camo strap Komono watch, £60, Polynesian print strap Komono watch, £60, both JOY


Apple Watch watches ladies oneClockwise, from top left: Jewelled white face watch, £89, French Connection, Guess bracelet watch, £208.50, Debenhams, kaleidoscope watch, £55, JOY, owl pendant watch, £10, Claire’s Accessories, floral face watch, £12.99, New Look, Kat face watch, £50, JOY, square gold watch, £19.99, New Look, rose gold watch, £119, French Connection, tan wrap strap, £15, Claire’s Accessories, dog face Floozie by FrostFrench watch, £25, Debenhams