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The Navigator - Comitti Mantel Clock, with Mahogany base

Comitti of London
S5016G

The Navigator is based on the world's first marine chronometer created by John Harrison (1693 - 1776). Harrison's marine timepieces solved the greatest technical problem of the 18th century; how to calculate your longitude position when navigating the high seas, and can be viewed at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

By setting their timepieces at noon when leaving a home port and observing the time difference at noon on the following days of their journey, mariners could accurately calculate the distance they had travelled. This extraordinary achievement gave the navies of Great Britain an enormous advantage in the quest for trade and Empire.

The clock became known as the "Grasshopper" due to the hopping action of the escapement mechanism, the action of the two inter-linked balances compensating for the motion of a ship. The Comitti movement is hand made from solid brass and gold plated. The dials have an enamel finish and the time is indicated by fine Breguet hands. The seconds are indicated by the scale above the clock face. The solid mahogany base with key drawer is decorated with fine curl veneers and hand rubbed with wax to achieve a fine patina. The movement is protected by a crystal glass canopy.

Each clock is supplied with a copy of Dava Sobel's book Longitude that reveals the story of John Harrison's life.

 

21" H x 13.5" W x 10" D

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