Did you know that up until the early 20th century, it was mostly women who wore a wristwatch? The concept of wearing watches on the wrist dates back to the earliest 16th Century version that was crafted by Robert Dudley in 1571 and given to Elizabeth I of England as an arm watch. Men mostly carried pocket watches, simply because that way the style back then.

Wars give birth to many innovations and wristwatch for men was one of them. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, military men started first wearing wristwatches. It became obvious that synchronizing strategic attacks in the midst of a serious battle became impossible to time using the pocket watch. Imagine fumbling with one while a bullet whizzes past your ear. Say the ear we say.

The first generation electric-powered watches made their debut in the 1950s and when the quartz watch made its debut in 1969, it marked a revolutionary improvement in watch technology. Recapped here, is an illustrative tribute some of the finest wrist watches of our time – as seen through the eyes of designer Matt Johnston. Take a look and enjoy!

Hawker Harrier II by AVI-8


The Fitz by Gown & Oars


F-91W by Casio


Concept: Polygon by Ronald Hagenstein


Extra Normal by Normal


BN0032 by Braun


No.1 by Form Us With Love


Timex Weekender by Timex