Time. Something we all base our daily schedules around. Some have too much, some don’t have enough, but have you ever actually tried to get your head around the concept of time? In this day and age, it’s not only watch-wearers who are conscientious of timings. Following the industrial revolution, people became obsessed with times and schedules and they are now prevalent on objects we use every single day, such as laptops, phones and even microwaves.
The history of pocket watches begins in the 15th century, when Henry VII was in power in England; mechanical engineering had progressed to the point where a simple spring device could be made.
The excitement of Christmas is hard to miss this time of year, as people begin their Christmas preparations and buy their Christmas presents. The precious time we get to spend with our loved ones over this festive season is probably one of the most magical presents of all, and what better way to represent time than with an exquisite antique watch? So, with our love of time and history, we decided to look at how Christmas traditions have changed throughout history, across many countries.
If you are a lover of watches and haven’t visited the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society museum in Broad Street, in Spalding, we highly recommend you take a trip to go. The museum had an open day on Sunday 9th October with a guided tour, showcasing a wide range of antique pocket watches and clocks, as well as the interesting history and stories behind the craftsmen and repairmen.
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A pocket watch, made by Robert Milne of Manchester, was awarded to mill worker John Burgess, more than a century ago, on his retirement. The pocket watch was given to him for his dedicated service to the mill.
There had been several thousand years of tradition when it comes to measuring time before we have reached the level we find ourselves at today.
Following centuries of reverting to analogue watch designs that worked through the flow of water to calculate passage of time, for example. Modern human civilisation was successful in eventually achieving ways and means in which a precise clock that accurately told the time could be made.