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    From the sundials of ancient Egypt to the smart watches of today, people have been keeping time for thousands of years. Personal timepieces date back to the 17th century, when engineers translated the mechanisms of larger spring clocks into smaller parts and encased them in a much smaller frame.

    By the early 1900s, wrist watches were fashionable mainly among women, and people often referred to them as bracelet watches. The pocket watch—carried almost exclusively by men—wasn't unheard of, but most people who sported personal timepieces wore pendant watches.

    During World War I, soldiers began to wear watches on their wrists for practical reasons, and men's wrist watches quickly took the place of pocket watches as a stylish addition to a formal or business ensemble. Jewelers and watchmakers everywhere designed timepieces in an array of styles and a wide selection of watch bands to suit the tastes of anyone who chose to adorn themselves with an elegant timekeeping device.

    Today, there are wrist watches made for lifestyles of all stripes. If you're an athlete, a durable sports watch will hold up to the rigors of rough and rugged physical competition. Perhaps you're an aficionado of classic timepieces, making a vintage wrist watch a fantastic addition to your accessories collection.

    For the modern go-getter that prefers to see the time laid out in an easy, at-a-glance manner, a digital wrist watch is an excellent choice. Many come with a variety of helpful functions, from stopwatch capabilities and alarms to wi-fi access that allows you to view the weather while also reminding you of an upcoming appointment.

    Whether you’re gearing up for exercise or slipping a watch on for a polished addition to your outfit, there’s no right or wrong way to wear one. Choose a timepiece that you love and make it part of your signature style.

    When determining what wrist to wear a watch on, it’s a matter of personal comfort, but most watches are designed to work best when worn on the left wrist. Watch makers place buttons and dials so the wearer can most easily access them using the right hand.

    While many watches are designed to be worn on the left wrist, some left-handed people choose to place theirs on their right wrist so they can push the buttons and work the dials with their dominant hand. Some athletes wear their watch against the bottom of their wrist when practicing contact sports, because the watch has less exposure to impact when it’s facing downwards.