As a valuer and an unapologetic watch ‘nut’ I often despair when people say they can’t see the logic of owning and collecting fine timepieces because they ‘only tell the time’. My stock answer usually is that if that was true of all things then everyone would drive Nissan Micras because the only function of an automobile is to get you from A to B!
But I digress (as I often do). In order to illustrate how important watch and clockmaking is I thought I’d share with you all the story of John Harrison and his marine chronometers. This mans ability to produce a compact and accurate timepiece is probably responsible for saving thousands of sailors lives and allowed Britain to become the formost sea power in the world.