History: Astrolabes

October 6th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Time for another history lesson in time-keeping!

As a watch enthusiast or horologist, it’s important to learn and know how time-keeping has progressed throughout the ages. Today we’re covering the astrolabe (long A, like hay), Greek for star-taker.

Astrolabes have been around for a couple thousand years.  They had many uses, including surveying, determining the local time, and locating/predicting the positions of the sun, moon, and planets.

An astrolabe shows how objects are positioned in the sky based on a specific time.  Typically, a 6 inch round brass canvas was used to draw a picture of the sky on the face, with markings that made it easy to find positions in the sky.  By turning various components on the astrolabe to a certain date or time, you could generate a copy of what they sky would look like at that time.

This tool was very valuable as an astronomical instrument for generations.  Of course, it’s been replaced by more effective means of time-telling, like your favorite Orient watch!

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  2. By Alexander Alzona on Oct 6, 2011

    I love the various styles that you have

  3. By Bernard Watta on Oct 7, 2011

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    They are the quality and style leaders for
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  4. By Bernard Watta on Oct 7, 2011

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