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I would maybe say the Harrison H5. If you don't know the history of this pocket watch you must read about it. I was fortunate enough to see it in person in London and learned about the prototypes and the circumstances around its inception at the Greenwich Observatory which is also in London. The GMT line goes right through the observatory. Maybe Big Ben is #2?


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Big Ben without a doubt is the most famous timepiece in the world. If you are talking about a specific watch...I'd probably say the Timex Ironman, although if you are talking about just a generic brand name I'd say Timex or Rolex.
 

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BB would probably be the most visible over here.
 

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I don't mean brand. I mean which exact specific time piece.


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To be picky about it, Big Ben is the Great Bell in the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower in Westminster. I would agree that the Great Clock is likely the most famous one in the world.
 

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I don't mean brand. I mean which exact specific time piece.


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I'd probably opt for the ubiquitous Timex Ironman. Everybody has heard of the Ironman. While everybody has heard of "Rolex" I doubt anyone outside the watch community would be able to name a specific model. That's my best guess anyway.
 

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To be picky about it, Big Ben is the Great Bell in the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower in Westminster. I would agree that the Great Clock is likely the most famous one in the world.
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I would maybe say the Harrison H5. If you don't know the history of this pocket watch you must read about it. I was fortunate enough to see it in person in London and learned about the prototypes and the circumstances around its inception at the Greenwich Observatory which is also in London. The GMT line goes right through the observatory. Maybe Big Ben is #2?
Famous? No, but it should be. Historically significant? Absolutely, that timepiece changed the world.
 

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I should probably let you know that Big Ben is a bell, not a clock.

EDIT: Ray beat me to it.

To be picky about it, Big Ben is the Great Bell in the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower in Westminster. I would agree that the Great Clock is likely the most famous one in the world.

 

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It HAS to be the clock that we ignorant folk call Big Ben.
 
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+1 for the clock in the Houses of Parliment (was going to call it Big Ben but I cleverly read the preceding comments).

While I have heard of John Harrsion, I didn't know the name of his first timepiece, and I suspect many others don't either.
 

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My answer was Big Ben....Harrison is unknown to me.
probably the H4 more so than the H5 - however i would really recommend that those who haven't read the background to John Harrison and his son in the 18th century and there amazing journey to develop and perfect the Marine Chronometer and what they had to overcome - absolutely fascinating story - imagine in the early 1700's building a clock that travelled the high seas in a box and was something like five seconds out on its return after five or six weeks
 

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I would maybe say the Harrison H5. If you don't know the history of this pocket watch you must read about it.
If it's "famous", we would all know about it already.

Big Ben.

If the topic is opened up to models of watches and not just individual timepieces, I'd keep Big Ben at #1 and put the Rolex Datejust at #2.
 

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If it's "famous", we would all know about it already.

Big Ben.

If the topic is opened up to models of watches and not just individual timepieces, I'd keep Big Ben at #1 and put the Rolex Datejust at #2.
i agree that famous is relative -Big Ben is more famous but basically just a clock on a famous landmark - i think maybe if the question was 'which is the most important clock ' in the world we would have a more interesting debate
 

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i agree that famous is relative -Big Ben is more famous but basically just a clock on a famous landmark - i think maybe if the question was 'which is the most important clock ' in the world we would have a more interesting debate
Right, and in that case, I'd pick whatever clock it was (might've been mentioned already) that worked on ships and allowed precision navigation that had previously been impossible. That capability indeed changed the world.
 

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probably the H4 more so than the H5 - however i would really recommend that those who haven't read the background to John Harrison and his son in the 18th century and there amazing journey to develop and perfect the Marine Chronometer and what they had to overcome - absolutely fascinating story - imagine in the early 1700's building a clock that travelled the high seas in a box and was something like five seconds out on its return after five or six weeks
5 seconds in six weeks! They should've gone with a quartz movement instead. ;-)
 
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