A Watch ‘Made in Britain.’ But Does That Make It British?

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A Watch ‘Made in Britain.’ But Does That Make It British?

Postby koimaster » November 29th 2016, 10:53am

There is a definite reawakening of the horological spirit in the British Isles, but what is being revived? And why now?

From roughly the middle of the 17th century to the early 19th century, Britain—or more correctly, England—was a watchmaking superpower. This dominance was not because of the number of timepieces produced, but because of the quality and elegance of the watches being turned out. Indeed, during this long heyday, there were reports of Swiss makers marking their watches “Made in London” because of the greater desirability of the British product, especially in China, an important market in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Along with the quality, another feature of the British golden age was its inventiveness. Thomas Tompion started using a spiral balance wheel in 1675. Five years later, Daniel Quare invented the minute repeater. The invention of the anchor escapement came in 1750, with Thomas Mudge. Then John Harrison produced the first marine chronometer, acknowledged as such by King George III himself in 1772.

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Re: A Watch ‘Made in Britain.’ But Does That Make It British

Postby foghorn » November 29th 2016, 11:37am

We have a member here who is an expert on British watches and also quite the fan of a certain brand. Perhaps he will add to this thread :mrgreen:

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