National Watch Day

National Watch Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the 19th of June every year and commemorates a piece of technology that’s been around for hundreds of years. Although the modern wristwatch might have slipped in popularity over the last few years thanks to the rise of smartphones, many people still consider the perfect wristwatch to be a symbol of culture, sophistication, and taste. And that’s why many people continue to celebrate this holiday—even to this day. 

The History Of Watch Day

National Watch Day was created in 2017 by Nordstrom as a way to promote its watch line. With the rise of smartwatches and smartphones, the need for wearing a watch has diminished over the past few years, so this holiday was the perfect way to raise the profile of modern wristwatches and hopefully get consumers excited about wearing them.

The History Of The Watch

Watches first appeared in 16th century Europe and naturally evolved from spring-driven clocks that were first invented during the 15th century. These watches were mechanical devices and continued to be so until the 20th century when the quartz watch was invented in the 1960s. Quartz watches were electric watches that used a vibrating quartz crystal to keep time. This watch would become extremely popular during the 1980s and many mechanical watches were pushed from the market as a result.

By the way, the watch is called a watch because they were often used by town watchmen. Watchmen would use them to keep track of their shifts, and the name eventually stuck. Sailors during the 17th century used to call their duty shifts watches as well, so it was natural to use the term to apply it to these small time-keeping devices. 

Fun Facts About Watches

Below are some facts that we’ve discovered about the common watch and about clocks in general. Hopefully, everyone who reads this will find the following facts as interesting as we did.

  • The Ancient Egyptians invented the first sundial.
  • The Sumerians, on the other hand, were the first to record time. 
  • The Strela watch was the first watch to go into space. It was worn by Russian cosmonauts. 
  • Rolex made a special deep-sea watch that was taken 11,000 meters down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Celebrating National Watch Day

National Watch Day can be celebrated by buying yourself a watch or buying someone you love or respect a watch. Watches make great gifts and can be given not only for this holiday, but can also be given for graduations, birthdays, or anniversaries. And while you’re celebrating this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalWatchDay to make sure that everyone knows that you’re celebrating it in a timely fashion

When is it?
This year (2023)
June 19 Monday
Next year (2024)
June 19 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
June 19 Sunday
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