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7 Interesting Facts About Pocket Watches

by Ayesha Ghazanfar on Dec 22, 2020

Interesting Facts About Pocket Watches

Pocket Watch Facts

Do you know that:

  1. The Nuremberg Egg is Peter Henlein's first mechanical pocket watch. The reason for such a popular name for the accessory is still unknown because Peter's invention did not look like an egg at all.

  2. During the 1st World War, men started wearing wristwatches. Previously men wore pocket watches, and women wore wristwatches.

  3. The Leroy pocket watch, created in 1900, is the most complex movement in the world. This model showed not only time but also 13 other data. For example, the accessory displayed the days in the calendar for a hundred years, the state of the spring, and even the degree of environmental noise.

  4. "Salad bowl" is a pocket watch of a round shape with an oval cross-section. In the early 17th century, the "salad bowls" of the Blois enamel school were popular. Models were painted with paints on white enamel. Mostly they painted spiritual subjects or flowers.

  5. In the 17th century, you could easily have met someone with several pocket watches at the same time. No, he didn't sell them. It was just that at that time, it was considered a special fashion and an indicator of good taste to wear several different items and not just one model. It was prestigious to wear a pair of pocket watches, a ring watch, and a watch medallion at the same time.

  6. The most expensive pocket watch sold for $ 11,002,500. This is an exclusive Patek Philippe Henry Graves Super complication, which took 5 years to create! The instance is created from 900 parts and is equipped with 24 functions. The highlight of the sample is the dial, adorned with a starry sky, which looks exactly like from the window of the client's house Henry Graves in New York.

  7. The most unusual pocket watch is considered to be the work of Valery Danevich made of wood. It is a skeleton that consists of 48 parts made of birch, hornbeam, and bamboo. The balance and other springs are made of metal. The clock is wound from the key and gives a deviation of 3-4 minutes for 20 hours.

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