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Watches today often combine multiple technologies. They may include a camera, a computer, a timer, and some type of telecommunication capability, all in one device. They may be timed via an electronic quartz movement or a radio broadcast. Batteries, solar power, or even the arm temperature of the wearer can power a watch. Many watches are waterproof or at least water-resistant. And, yes, the original mechanical spring design still exists.
At one time, men often carried fob or pocket watches, while women wore watches on a neck chain or attached to a bracelet or brooch. Wristwatches took a while to become popular for men, but they were eventually issued to military personnel and became standard wear for them. With all the technology and usages, watches are designed in a myriad of configurations. They are specialized for pilots or astronauts, military marine users or recreational scuba divers, and for all kinds of professional and amateur sports activities. There's a team watch for players in every sport and a classy watch design for every fashion model!
For more information about the watchmaking industry, visit the American Watchmakers and Clockmakers Institute website.
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