wrist·​watch | \ ˈrist-ˌwäch How to pronounce wristwatch (audio) \

Definition of wristwatch

: a small watch that is attached to a bracelet or strap and is worn around the wrist

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The most expensive wristwatch ever sold was another Rolex Daytona that belonged to Paul Newman, which sold at auction last year for $17.8 million. Emily Price, Fortune, "One-of-a-Kind Rolex Sells For $5.9 Million," 9 May 2018 Getting into the complicated wristwatch game is not for the faint of heart. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, "The Newest Trend in Serious Watch Collecting? Women," 21 Sep. 2018 Shoppers tend to forgo big-ticket purchases such as $100,000 Vacheron Constantin wristwatches before handbags, meaning the Swiss group will be hit first in a downturn. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Cartier Owner Takes Shine Off China’s Luxury Boom," 9 Nov. 2018 On a table covered in peeling wood grain paper, this woman laid out a delicious assortment: a little Cartier Tank and a Chanel J12 wristwatch in white or black ceramic, placed gingerly onto a roll of black velvet. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Is It Real—And Does It Matter? How Korea’s Counterfeit Culture Shaped My Style," 27 Aug. 2018 And General Magic employees talked about things like wristwatch computers and mobile touch-operating systems. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "General Magic—how tech superfriends assembled, dreamt up smartphones, and failed," 12 Aug. 2018 But had the Mossad, as Mr. Netanyahu implied, carried out a secret operation to recover a wristwatch? Ronen Bergman, New York Times, "Israel’s Secret Operation to Recover the Watch of a Legendary Spy," 5 July 2018 Boat-makers have embraced new technology, from docking a boat with a joystick to creating a wake-surf wave from a wristwatch. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mercury Marine buys Menomonee Falls company in $910 million deal," 29 June 2018 Initial Thoughts The Type 390 is a tourbillon wristwatch with a very unusual tubular movement – the arrangement is very much unlike the Type 370, however. Bloomberg.com, "A $300,000 Watch for Your $3.26 Million Sports Car," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wristwatch

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wristwatch was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of wristwatch

: a watch that you wear on a strap or band around your wrist


wrist·​watch | \ ˈrist-ˌwäch How to pronounce wristwatch (audio) \

Kids Definition of wristwatch

: a watch attached to a bracelet or strap and worn on the wrist

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