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A Brief History Of Military Watches

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While their exact origins are difficult to pinpoint, it is generally agreed that military tickers came into use by the 1880s. Officers in the British Army were known to wear wristwatches during the Anglo-Burma War of 1885. It’s also interesting to note that this period marked the first time men took to wearing wristwatches. Prior to the 1880s, only women sported them. (The world’s first wristwatch is attributed to Patek Philippe’s 1868 exemplar made for Hungarian Countess Koscowicz.)