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WATCH, police. To watch is, properly speaking, to stand sentry and attend guard during the night time: certain officers called watchmen are appointed in most of the United States, whose duty it is to arrest all persons who are violating the law, or breaking the peace. (q.v.) Vide 1 Bl. Com. 356; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 14, 20.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Of all the digital watches I've seen, none are truly elegant timepieces.
They also predicted a great future for pocket calculators in 1971, digital watches in 1972, barcode readers in 1983, the phone card in 1981 and the personal stereo in 1980.
Some readers will remember when calculators, computers and digital watches were new products.
A new way to make electronic displays--like the ones in digital watches, cell phones, and laptop computers--may lead to changeable screens that can be painted onto walls and fabric.
LED technology has been around for 30 years or so, in digital watches, luminous advertising and computer and hi-fi indicators.
Time: calendar, shadow clocks, digital watches, time zones
"The 1970s was a turning point for local watchmakers, and I benefited from this transformation as I was the only one who knew how to repair digital watches," he said.
"Casio has always been at the forefront of technology by launching world's first touchscreen watch, the first weather predicting watch, first databank watches and first digital watches, so it's very natural for us to progress into smartwatches," Koji Naka, managing director of Casio Middle East, told Gulf News.
The first digital watch was the Hamilton Pulsar P1 of 1972, but the first truly smart watch capable of doing more than telling the date and time didn't arrive until the early 1980s, when Japanese watchmaker Seiko began to experiment with ways of storing data on digital watches.