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Calendar Watch

Date: c. 1790
Medium: Gold, enamel, silver, steel
Dimensions:
76.2 x 57.2 x 19.1 mm
Markings: Movement: "168" Case: cm incuse "A(?)TB(?)" (conjoined, heart adjacent), "neuchatel chevron, 18K, 4713,168"
Inscribed: Case (exterior): "J.P. Cuthbert" (owner's name)
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Thomas R. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 362
Label Text
At the end of the eighteenth century, watches with subsidiary dials indicating the date, day of the week, time, and seconds demonstrated the growing interest in precision timekeeping. Most of these watches, known as calendar watches, required resetting at the end of each month with fewer than thirty-one days.


Text Entries
At the end of the eighteenth century, watches with subsidiary rings that informed the viewer of the date, day of the week, time, and seconds displayed the growing cultural interest in timekeeping precision. Known as calendar watches, most of them needed to be reset at the end of months with fewer than thirty-one days. On this watch, blue gilt-edged rings frame three dials of equal size arranged uniformly over the main dial. The dial on the upper left provides the date; the one on the upper right indicates the day of the week in French words as well as in symbols; and the bottom dial shows the time in Arabic chapters. A large second hand pivots at the center. The case is smooth gold engraved with the owner’s name, J. P. Cuthbert.