Watch Anti-Shock Settings

The balance wheel pivots are the thinnest in the watch, as they are the lowest torque. However they also carry what is often the heaviest wheel and so therefore are very vulnerable to break if the watch receives a shock. For pocket watches and clocks this was not a huge problem as they were generally …

Example of a British Watch and Clockmakers Company watch

The British Watch and Clockmaking Company

In 1800 Britain produced around half of the world’s watches, however by 1840 for every one English watch sold the Swiss were able to sell ten. In an attempt to remedy this situation, in 1842 the British Watch and Clockmaking Company was founded at 75 Dean Street in Soho, with the aim of mass producing …

History of Watches

History of Watches

Horology has been at the forefront of scientific discovery since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Below is a list of the most notable discoveries and achievements. Date Invention Inventor Nationality possibly 3rd C. BC Toothed Wheel possibly Archimedes (c.287 BC–c.212 BC)  Ancient Greek 14th C. Verge Escapement Unknown Unknown (possibly Britain) c.1430 Mainspring Unknown Unknown (possibly …