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Comitti of London
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.
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.
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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