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Date: 1610-1620
Medium: Gilt metal, amethyst
Dimensions:
50.8 x 25.4 x 33.8 mm
Markings: Movement: "Jϋrgen Tihle (?) Hamburg" (Germany)
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Thomas R. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 277
Label Text
The oval shape was the dominant watch shape in the mid-sixteenth century. By the end of the century other geometrically shaped watches--square, hexagonal, trapezoidal, and circular--became fashionable. Octagonally shaped watches began to appear around 1575. Although normally made of brass or silver, some watchcases were made from hollowed-out and faceted rock crystal or amethyst.