Pocket watches history: From exclusive luxury to Itero

The first pocket watches date back to the end of the middle ages when German inventor Peter Henlein presented his spring-loaded mechanism. Soon the manufacturers from Italy, Germany and England became the suppliers for the whole Europe. The timepieces were made out of silver, gold or brass.

At the beginning they were egg-shaped, with only one hand and without glass covers. However, they had cases that served as protection and sometimes also as decoration. They had to be wound up one or two times per day. In 1610 they got the glass cover and in 1680 the minute hand for the first time.

In the late 1600’s pocket watches were popularized by Charles II, the king of England, Scotland and Ireland. He is considered to be the first man to really wear a pocket watch in a pocket. It was an accessory to his waistcoat. The shape was flattened and curved in order to fit better into his pocket.  Pocket watches became a status symbol and they were inherited from generation to generation. 

In the middle of the 19th century mass production started and they became affordable. They ruled the market until the beginning of World war one when wrist watches started their rise. It looked like pocket watches were about to dissapear forever until lately when they became popular again. Itero Pocket Watch is the first timepiece of its kind designed to fit in a modern men’s pocket.