Remember back in the day when the only thing your watch could tell you was the time? No phone calls. No GPS. Nothing. But let鈥檚 keep in mind that when watches were in their infancy, these things were really high tech. 8,000 years ago, some brilliant person decided to make sun dials for people鈥檚 wrists, and since that first wearable, we鈥檝e been getting techier with time. Over at Mr. Porter, they tracked some of the biggest timepiece advancements in designer history.


1. Watches went from pockets to wrists. In the 17th century, pocket watches were the way to go. But in 1903, wristwatches got a major advance. Wire lugs attached the face to the strap in a whole new, sleek way. Louis Cartier鈥檚 watch is known as the world鈥檚 first to flaunt this timeless design.


2. The first waterproof watch was luxurious. These days, it鈥檚 kind of expected that your watch is waterproof, but Rolex released the first waterproof piece in 1926 鈥 it was called Oyster. To prove it, endurance swimmer Mercedes Gleitze swam the English Channel wearing a gold Rolex around her neck.


3. The pedometers in your fitness gadgets are old news. Pedometers were first counting the steps of President Thomas Jefferson in 1788, but they really picked up steam in 1965.


4. Digital watches were kind of a big deal. In 1969, Seiko unveiled their 35 SQ, which was the first-ever electronic quartz watch. People loved it so much, mechanical watches got old fast. Hamilton鈥檚 first LED watch in 1970 was priced at $2,100 鈥 sound familiar, Apple Watch buyers?


5. It鈥檚 been a long time coming. It鈥檚 hard to look at a 鈥渧intage style鈥 digital watch and think, 鈥淲ow, that鈥檚 pretty high tech,鈥 but at the time, it totally was. 30 years from now, we鈥檒l probably be telling time with wrist implants that glow from under our skin, and we鈥檒l be thinking, 鈥淎pple Watch! Who wants to have to wear their electronics? That鈥檚 so 2015.鈥

What鈥檚 one old-fashioned watch feature that you love? Let鈥檚 talk time in the comments!