Education – Watch Museums

February 24th, 2012 | 1 Comment

Any horology enthusiast is eager to hear the latest industry news and trends. Yet to understand where the watch industry is headed one must also understand its history. Museums are excellent resources for preserving and narrating history, and horology is no exception. There are several very well known watch museums scattered around the world that hold a wealth of knowledge as well as priceless vintage pieces.

Yet, before museums, organizations and observatories played a vital role in horological advancement. The Royal Observatory located in London England was founded in 1675. This observatory focuses on the history of navigation and astronomy because it is best known for its location on the prime meridian. The study of navigation and the movement of the stars was a vital part of understanding the movement of time, especially in the late 17th century. This knowledge paved the way for timekeeping advancements.

Here in the United States, there are two very well known watch museums. The National Watch and Clock Museum, located in Columbia Pennsylvania, is dedicated to the history, science, and art of timekeeping. There is also the American Clock & Watch Museum located in Bristol Connecticut, which focuses mainly on American made watches from the 19th and 20th century.

If you want to stretch your horology knowledge beyond the pages of history books, these museums are sure to offer a unique point of view.

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  2. By rj grant on Feb 26, 2012

    like to win a watch

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