The 20th century is the century of the wristwatch. Its exterior reflects the spirit of the times, from the "Roaring Twenties" to the trendy, motley-coloured plastic watch. For a long time, it would tick away with a mechanical movement as its heart. Then, quartz technology took over in the 1970's. Mechanical wristwatches thus became high-priced luxury products.

Advertisement for Lip wristwatches. Lip, Besançon (France) c. 1950 (Archive German Clock Museum)[Close][Open]
Leather strap for pocket watch. Unknown maker, c. 1910 (Inv. 49-3385)[Close][Open]
Lady's wristwatch. Benrus Watch Co., USA/Switzerland c. 1925 (Inv. 47-2927)[Close][Open]
Wristwatch "Prince Duo Dial". Rolex, Geneva c. 1930 (Inv. 47-2794)[Close][Open]
Wristwatch with automatic winding mechanism. Harwood, Switzerland c. 1930 (Inv. 47-3543)[Close][Open]
Wristwatch with alarm "Memovox automatic". Jaeger-LeCoultre, Switzerland c. 1960 (Inv. 1998-016)[Close][Open]
Wristwatch "Accutron“ with tuning fork movement. Bulova, USA/Switzerland from 1960 (Inv. 47-3408)[Close][Open]
Wristwatch "Spaceman automatic", Choisi S.A., Switzerland c. 1970 (Inv. 2003-099)[Close][Open]
Wristwatch "Time Computer" with calculator. Pulsar, USA c. 1975 (Inv. 2003-091)[Close][Open]
Wristwatch "Swatch Skin Amarillo", Swatch, Biel (Switzerland) 1996 (Inv. 1998-002)[Close][Open]