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I was dropping some watches off for a client near Guildhall in the old City part of London and remembered about the museum so thought I would pop in for a look. I am amazed I didn't go sooner, but for some reason never made it in.
It is a single room full of seriously serious horology and lovely lovely pieces.

George Daniels who was a Master on the Company and received a gold medal, so no surprise to see some of his pieces and a Roger Smith watch (not in the photo)



The exhibition starts off chronologically and has some very early pieces from the days on blacksmiths



This 'dock' reads the time from the pocket watch and chimes it when it is 'docked'



A nice astronomical clock



A decimal watch with normal time displayed in the subsidiary display



One of a collection of parts from the specialist separate areas in watchmaking, displays of hairsprings available, decorated cocks, hands etc. for the person assembling the watch to choose from.




The tool box on the left is about the length of an A4 bit of paper but half the width and was an escapement makers complete tool kit.



Some beautiful early decorated watches



A selection of Earnshaws and one Arnold and Earnshaw



If you have ever read the story of the lady selling time (recommended) then this is her Arnold watch which sold time to all the famous clock and watchmakers of old.



Chronometers to include a Breguet





Some of the many keys on display



Some early wristwatches left was 1915 right was late 1890's from memory



A complete collection donated to the museum, full of some serious watches



Girard Perregaux Tourbillon



A ladies wrist watch from 1780



Lots of Breguets, but this one really took my fancy due to its wonderful symmetry



A selection of Mudge parts and complete chronometer



Harrisons famously lost/unmade watch



Harrisons own personal pocket watch



Information and drawings about H1



H5 naked! They have given the case dial and hands to the Grenwich Observatory for a Longtitude exhibition, no worries because it means you can see the usually hidden movement in all its glory. Photos do not to justice.





This is a small amount of the watches and clocks they have in the museum, which is free to visit. So well worth a visit
 

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Re: Visit to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Museum

Well worth a visit, indeed. Thank you very much for the great photo stretch - truly a remarkable place. If I get back to London some day, I'll cast a look into it.

Thanks!

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Wooow,beautiful. Look at that 3 bridge tourbillon and all others.Thanks for sharing,brick and mortar museum taste is really unique and above all.
 

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Thank you very much, I really enjoyed that.

That's a very interesting deck watch by Breguet, it has 'Roman Numerals'! I read
on another thread that 'Breguet refused to use Roman Numerals', oh well.

Stared at that Harrison H5 mechanism for 10 mins or more, phew... amazing and enjoyed
the display of early chronometer balances, enjoyed it all really.
 

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Of course I have been there, spent a whole day, I have the catalog.
Looks like its been done up too.

H5 - naked, that is a treat, when I was there it was all dressed, considering John Harrison was already about 75 when he completed H5, it is remarkable

Thanks the pictures
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That's a very interesting deck watch by Breguet, it has 'Roman Numerals'! I read
on another thread that 'Breguet refused to use Roman Numerals', oh well.
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That is my bad error.
I should have said he rarely to never used 'arabic Numerals'
I will correct the other thread.

My error.
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A must next time I'm up the big smoke.

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Re: Visit to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Museum

Oh yes! I spent half my time going 'that's amazing' and the other half thinking 'i want'
 

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Oh yes! I spent half my time going 'that's amazing' and the other half thinking 'i want'
Considering this is a group of tradesmen (a company)
They did an exceedingly great job choosing and buying pieces.
The story behind H5 is amazing.

It is a great museum in its own right.

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Thanks for sharing this, dom_, I'll have to get over there when I'm next in London, partic to see H5 naked ;-)
 

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What an amazing thread, with some brilliant photography! I can only stand in awe of such a collection, and would love to visit in the future.


Please mods, make this a "sticky". :)
 

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What an amazing thread, with some brilliant photography! I can only stand in awe of such a collection, and would love to visit in the future.


Please mods, make this a "sticky". :)
We try to keep the number of stickies low - but I'll move it to the 'links and articles' section once I'm sure its finished.:)
 
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