The history of the wristwatch dates back to its invention in 1812, when Abraham Louis Breguet created the first one commissioned by the Queen of Naples and sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, Caroline. However, it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that it became popular among women. Men’s wristwatches appeared in the world of aviation from the hand of Louis Cartier, which premiered for pilot Alberto Sants-Dumont.
Since then, great progress has been made in its development and operation, but from the start there has been some doubt about the hand on which the watch is placed. It is on this aspect that we will speak throughout this article.
In which hand is the clock placed?
Although most of us do this automatically, sometimes we can ask ourselves whether there is a social norm as to where the watch should be worn.
Most people wear it on the left wrist, but that’s because most of the population is right-handed. And it is in fact and traditionally that the clock has been placed opposite the dominant one. So, while right-handed people wear it on the left wrist while left-handed people wear it on the right.
Why is that?
The reasons for placing the clock on the opposite hand are eminently practical. First of all, we must keep in mind that this allows at the functional level what we do with the dominant hand don’t be affected if we wanted to watch the time.
For example, when gripping the watch and its bracelet could annoy the user, which is not the case with the non-dominant hand. Another aspect to keep in mind is that you have to stop performing actions with the dominant hand to check the time. this could have fatal consequences in certain contexts, As in the field of origin of the first men’s watches: aviation.
Additionally, we consistently use the dominant hand in most actions that require the use of hands which, if you wear the watch in that hand, would expose the watch to bumps, friction, scratches, and various fractures. the hand. the dominant glides on surfaces of a different type.
It should also be noted that the first wristwatches you had to give them rope several times a day, Something that would require the use of the dominant hand to be able to do this easily.
An explanation with more than one urban legend
While this may seem like a minor problem, the truth is that even in the 20th century there are records of reflection on this topic. Besides the explanations mentioned above, some false explanations have also arisen as a result of ignorance that one might even consider urban legends.
One of the best known in this regard refers to the fact that the reason for this was that the clocks were placed on the left hand (in the case of right-handed people) because this is the wrist in which the pulse is usually measured.
The popular belief when automatic clocks first began to exist (that is, those that left them in need of receiving a rope) was that clocks were powered to function by movements or the energy transmitted by the rhythm. heart rate that manifests in that wrist (although in fact the pulse exists on both wrists and the operation of watches has nothing to do with the pulse).
Why is it sometimes put on the other wrist?
While putting the watch on the non-dominant hand is the traditional one and it makes practical sense, it does not imply that you cannot or be frowned upon for wearing it on the dominant hand. Ultimately, each of us will be placed where we want and will continue to perform our equal function.
In fact, sometimes to be a showy accessory and a symbol of power and wealth (if branded), they are sometimes deliberately placed on the dominant wrist. It can be a way to stand out or try to differentiate yourself from the traditional in a symbolic way..
Another reason it usually wears the cast is for aesthetics or design, there are watches that are designed to be worn on a particular doll (something visible by the orientation of the crown). In principle, the crown should come out of the sleeve, be visible.
However, we can see how, for example, although today left-handers have elaborate clocks given their manual dominance, at first the left-handed being was frowned upon and even tried to “correct” himself. account that this was not majority manual domination. In this way many people can wear the watch in their dominant hand as an heirloom or custom of that time, Not as far as it looks.
A final, more curious reason has functional significance: Since it is usually placed on the non-dominant hand, setting the clock on the dominant allows you to use your vision to remind us of an important fact. For example, it can serve as a reminder that you need to go fix the watch or put a battery in it, or remind us that we have an appointment at some point.