What is a GMT Watch? GMT Watches Explained

GMT watches have a long and interesting history. To truly understand where GMT came from, we need to go back to how Longitude was discovered, how the Greenwich Meridian became a way to measure time and how time could then be measured against the Greenwich meridian (GMT). Understanding Latitude and Finding Longitude Until the 17th

How One Clock Saved Countless Lives And Made Long Voyages Possible: The Marine Chronometer & The Longitude Problem

Like many other inventions in history, the marine chronometer was also born from a disaster. On October 22, 1707, not far from the southwestern tip of Great Britain, a fleet of the Royal Navy got caught in the midst of a storm. Because of the sailors’ lack of ability to determine their longitude, they were

Mechanical Vs. Quartz Watch Movement: How Do They Work

As mentioned on our previous post, mechanical movement preceded quartz technology by almost a thousand years. Unlike quartz or digital watches, which require a battery to run, mechanical movement harnesses the energy stored in a repeatedly-wound spring. There are two types of mechanical watches, manual and automatic. In this post we’ll explain in plain words

How To Choose A Tactical Watch: Must-Have Features & Purchasing Tips

Tactical watches are wrist watches which are designed to meet the unique needs of security forces and extreme sports enthusiasts. Although there is no such thing as a “perfect” tactical watch, since different people have different needs, some qualities are critical. In this post we will go over the most important features you need to

What Is Time: Time Dilation, Black Holes & The Big Bang

What Is Time Part II In our previous chapter, we looked at Einstein’s theory, regarding the way which mass bends space. We talked about why a ray of light can appear to us, here on earth, as if it travels in a straight line, while it actually travels in a curve. We explained that according

What is time, anyway?

Part I: The Theory of Everything For most of recorded history, mankind assumed that time wasn’t a thing. We believed it to be what we perceived – a seamless, uninterrupted flow of events. And then, on the summer of 1922, following what might be the greatest discovery ever made, everything humanity thought it knew about

The History of Timekeeping: Wrist Watches

The History of Timekeeping: The Era of Wrist Watches In our previous episode, we traveled back in time to look at some of mankind’s most ingenious inventions that made timekeeping possible. We began by examining 5,000 years old Egyptian sundials and water clocks, continued to the assembly of the first mechanical clock that was invented

The History of Timekeeping: Clocks

 The History of Timekeeping Part II: The Evolution of Clocks This is the 2nd post in a series of posts that are set to explore the history of timekeeping. In our first chapter we covered the earliest attempts of mankind to keep track of the date. However, while highly sophisticated calendars already existed 5-6 thousands years

The History of Timekeeping: Calendars

  The History of Timekeeping Part I: The Birth of Calendars We’re still not sure exactly what time is. We know it can be “bended”, eluded and some even go as far as to believe it can be traveled. While these theories get the attention of modern day researchers, throughout history, the main challenge researchers