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10 Surprising Watches That Changed the Industry Forever

From technological firsts to designs that broke the mold, these watches altered the course of the watch industry.

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Innovation in the watch world is mostly defined by incremental progress. But every once in a while, significant and surprising leaps occur that, at least in retrospect, alter the trajectory of watchmaking. We regularly shed light on these sometimes overlooked landmarks in watchmaking through columns like Watches You Should Know. Here are some of our favorite stories about watches that represent milestones, and you better believe each has a hell of a story to tell.

How Rolex and the Date Window Changed the Face of Watches

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The First Watch Worn On the Moon? Duh

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This Was the First Electric-Powered Watch, and It Still Looks Futuristic

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Double First: The First Pilot's Watch Was Also the First Purpose-Built Mens Wristwatch

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Ceramic Watches Are Now All the Rage, but This One Led the Way

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The First Solar-Powered Watch Was Far Ahead of Its Time

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How the ‘Freak’ Introduced Silicon to Mechanical Watchmaking

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Titanium Was for Airplanes Until This Watch Came Along

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Today's Bronze Watches Owe Their Popularity to One Famous Designer's Ingenuity

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The Man Who Designed the Porsche 911 Also Made the First-Ever All-Black Watch

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