As long as there have been sporting events, there has been someone who has wanted to time them. In fact, sports watches have played such an important role in the history of modern timekeeping that many manufacturers owe their current success to the timepieces they developed to meet the needs of sportsmen.
The chronograph was specifically developed at the request of King Louis XVIII of France to accurately time horse races. The modern diving watch was developed to allow scuba divers to pursue their sport safely by timing their remaining air supply.
Today, runners, cyclists, sailors and mountaineers all depend on sports watches. To meet today’s needs, modern sports watches have evolved to incorporate a wide variety of functions, such as heart rate monitors, altimeters, barometers, compasses and GPS tracking. Modern sports chronometers feature sophisticated lap-timing capabilities and some aviation watches even allow you to compensate for wind speed. Basically, anything that a sportsman needs to measure can be measured with a modern sports watch.
Sports watches have become so popular that they have become fashion themselves. Instead of just timing races, they also set new trends. The current popularity of oversized wristwatches largely originated with the sports watch. Sportsmen and the military have always had a need for large readable dials. As these specialized watches came into widespread use, they were adopted by leading designers and became fashion statements themselves.
Today, the definition of a sports watch is much broader than it was originally. You no longer have to be a deep-sea diver or a long distance runner to enjoy the benefits of a sports watch. Modern sports watches have become an affirmation of today’s new casual lifestyle. Sports watches can be worn to work — or to a workout. They are appropriate attire at the beach, or at a business meeting.
In today’s fast-paced and increasingly casual world, the sports watch has become an essential accessory for many people. These versatile and attractive timepieces not only tell the time, they tell the world about your priorities and your lifestyle. If you aren’t already regularly wearing a sports watch, you probably will be soon.
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