Today, there are many types and styles of watches that do so much more than simply tell time. Depending on the individual, some may choose to wear a watch for fashion reasons, fitness, and more. However, soldiers are wearing watches for more crucial purposes. Wristwatches were created by the end of the nineteenth century, it is unclear how and where exactly wristwatches became popular. It is believed that they have become popular first by the military. In the latter part of the 1800s when men were more known to sport pocket watches, it was impractical for them to have to dig in their pocket to find their watches during war times. Meeting up with other soldiers and performing certain military duties that were time sensitive required having better and more immediate access to their watches. It was decided that strapping the watch to the wrist would be the most practical way for the men to have access to their timekeepers.
In the United States, a wristwatch had to be MIL-SPEC certified first, to be officially considered a military watch. This is because of the crucial specifications required. However, the United States is not the only country to have specific guidelines when it comes to approving these types of watches for the military. Britain utilized a broad arrow engraving on the face and the back of the case. This engraving meant that the watch met the necessary standards. Germany branded their qualified watches with the letter DH to show these watches passed their specified requirements. Even though there were many types of wristwatches available, it was crucial to have these types of watches that were serving such an important purpose to be required to pass certain specifications.
Wristwatches have come a long way from praising the ability to stop the second hand, which made it possible to sync the watch with fellow soldiers for tactical operations many years ago. However, this was still a major enhancement for wristwatches at that time. Over the years, many advancements were made to these watches from illumination features, making it possible to tell time in the dark, to providing a more rugged and durable design, making them much harder to break in the field. Today, many of these wristwatches include GPS features, calendars, weather information and more, giving soldiers the edge they need for survival in many life or death situations.