Find out a little about the history of pocket watches, and pocket watch
An excellent article about the history of the watch by Alan Costa. It
covers watches from before 1600 to the present.
Watches by Machinery
An article written in the July 1869 issue of Harper's New
Monthly Magazine about a new Elgin watch company factory.
- Railroad Watches
Railroad watch standards were mandated after a train collision caused by
inaccurate watches. The following sites have details about why railroad
watches were developed, and what standards they had to live up
to. Generally railroad watches are of very high quality and accuracy,
which increases their collectable value.
Watch Company FAQ
- Frequently asked questions about Waltham Watches and the Waltham Watch
the Waltham company
- Pocket Watches up
The first half of an excellent history of the pocket watch. Watches of
this period were basically custom-built one-of-a-kind items.
After approx. 1850
The second part of the Pocket Watch history. In this era most pocket
watches were mass produced on an industrial scale using assembly lines.
- Winding the
The poem credited for tall-case clocks being known as grandfather clocks.
- IV vs
IIII on Roman dials
Several theories as to why clocks and watches with roman numerals usually
use "IIII" for 4
instead of "IV". My personal theory is that the classical Romans
used "IIII" on their sundials and that got carried forward, even
after the Roman's changed to using "IV" in their number system.
- The Origins of
Hours and Minutes
Information about why we have 24 hours in a day, and 60 minutes in an
In addition, my "Farside Millennium Off the Wall Calendar" entry for
Wed. Feb. 9, 2000 says that in "1330 the equal hour is established,
dividing the day into 24 equal parts that remain constant regardless of
seasons or position on the globe. It is created by monks who need to know
what time to start their morning prayers".
On a related note, the same calendar's entry for Friday Feb. 4 says that
in 1299 the first mechanical clock appears in Europe. Who would have
thought Gary Larson would be such a source of horology knowledge ...
- Why is Clockwise
This is an article discussing why clock hands move the way they do, and
not the other way. My theory is that in the northern hemisphere, that's
the direction the shadow moves around the centre marker on a sundial.
- Ships Clock Bell
Information about what time the bell strikes on ship's clocks indicate.