Wednesday Hump Day Fun Fact # 42 !!!

Posted by Daubin Barshtak on February 05, 2014.

In the lead up to the First World War a pioneer of aviation technology also played a role in helping to popularize the use of wristwatches. Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932 - pictured) made several contributions to the field of aircraft design in the early stages of aviation technology. Santos-Dumont’s final monoplane designs were called the Demoiselle series. When travelling in the Demoiselle, Santos-Dumont needed to measure the time intervals. In 1904, Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier about the difficulty of checking his pocket watch to time his performance during flight. Santos-Dumont then asked Cartier to come up with an alternative time tool that would allow him to keep both hands on the controls of his aircraft. The result was a watch with a leather band and a small buckle, to be worn on the wrist.


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