Astronomical Watch by George Margetts, 1750-1810

Made:
1750-1810 in London
maker:
George Margetts

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Astronomical watch by George Margetts No. 3043 inpair case. Overhead view of whole object ion grey background
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Astronomical watch by George Margetts No. 3043 inpair case. Detail view of face against grey background
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Astronomical watch by George Margetts No. 3043 inpair case. Overhead detail of movement against grey background
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Astronomical watch by George Margetts No. 3043 inpair case. Overhead view of whole object against grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Astronomical watch by George Margetts No. 3043 inpair case. Overhead detail of movement against grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
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Astronomical watch by George Margetts No.3043 in pair case, 1750-1810

A miniature version of the large astronomical clocks typically installed in churches across Europe, this exquisite watch does more than tell the time. It shows the phase of the Moon and the position of the Sun among the constellations of the Zodiac. It also shows which constellations will be visible above the horizon at night, gives the tide times at ports around Britain's coastline, and could even predict lunar and solar eclipses.

Details

Category:
Time Measurement
Object Number:
1963-165
Materials:
astronomical, brass (copper, zinc alloy), chronological, enamel, escapement, glass, horizontal, regulating, springs (elastic objects), timer
type:
astronomical watch
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • timepiece
  • watch
credit:
Mr. Ricardo de Varennes
status:
Permanent collection

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