History: Water Clocks

October 21st, 2011 | 2 Comments

Every time we do a segment on the history of horology, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to have modern wrist watches!  (Thanks Orient)

We’ve talked about many different forms of time-keeping that have paved the way for horology. But we have never talked about telling time with water.

The water clock is one of the first mechanisms for timekeeping. From Egypt to India to Babylon, water clocks helped revolutionize our ability to not only keep time as accurately as possible, but to help in the study of astronomy and astrology.

There were two types of water clocks, in-flow and out-flow.

The time is regulated by the water either going into a vessel or out of a vessel where it is then measured. Though they were never modernized, a few water clocks made in the 1970’s still appear on display in different parts of the world.

For more information about water clocks and a solid bibliography, click here!

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  2. By Heidi Polley on Oct 22, 2011

    Your watches are absolutely amazing!

  3. By Phil on Oct 30, 2011

    If Orient comes out with a water clock it goes on my list! I just had two Skagen’s die on me, one of the crystals leaked badly, and they were both 200+, my new Mako KILL’s them. I may have just lucked into the best automatic out there. Sorry family, I know Swiss heritage and all.

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