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Nuremberg 16th Century Clock Watch

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Nuremberg 16th Century Clock Watch
Nuremberg 16th Century Clock Watch
Nuremberg 16th Century Clock Watch
Nuremberg 16th Century Clock Watch
Nuremberg 16th Century Clock Watch

Francis Jewellers

Nuremberg 16th Century Clock Watch

For payment and product info call us at 250-384-7611

History refrenced by wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_watches

" The first timepieces to be worn, made in the 16th century in the German cities of Nuremberg and Augsburg, were transitional in size between clocks and watches. These 'clock-watches' were fastened to clothing or worn on a chain around the neck. They were heavy drum shaped cylindrical brass boxes several inches in diameter, engraved and ornamented. They had only an hour hand. The face was not covered with glass, but usually had a hinged brass cover, often decoratively pierced with grillwork so the time could be read without opening. The movement was made of iron or steel and held together with tapered pins and wedges, until screws began to be used after 1550. Many of the movements included striking or alarm mechanisms. They usually had to be wound twice a day. The shape later evolved into a rounded form; these were later called Nuremberg eggs. Still later in the century there was a trend for unusually shaped watches, and clock-watches shaped like books, animals, fruit, stars, flowers, insects, crosses, and even skulls (Death's head watches) were made.

These early clock-watches were not worn to tell the time. The accuracy of their verge movements was so poor, with errors of perhaps several hours per day, that they were practically useless. They were made as jewellery and novelties for the nobility, valued for their fine ornamentation, unusual shape, or intriguing mechanism, and accurate timekeeping was of very minor importance."

 

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Please find these links to videos of the movement working:

https://youtu.be/dWH114tN3zk

https://youtu.be/kZ_wbJodizY