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    A Brief History Of Timekeeping.

    The human race has used devices to measure time for thousands of years. The intricate and complex systems we see in modern watches are a result of the humble methods our predecessors discovered. Around the time of 2000BC, the Egyptians relied on shadow obelisks and water clocks, these ideas were later adopted by the Greeks, who used their knowledge of geometry and mathematics to create a more accurate method of timekeeping.

    Source : https://www.timecenter.com/articles/when-time-began-the-history-and-science-of-sundials/

    The first universal sun-dial was thought to be designed by the Greek astronomer and mathematician Theodosius of Bithynia, it was an invention that was derived from early Babylonian methods of timekeeping, and became the fundamental basis for how we measure time today.

    Around 200 years later, this was adopted and further developed by the Romans. This led to the construction of the 'Solarium Augusti', a monument and sun-dial which stood in the centre of the Campus Martius, the heart of Rome. 

    Source: http://khs11cityofrome.weebly.com/campus-martius.html

    Throughout most of the middle ages, the technological advancement of civilization was halted by other issues, and it wasn't until the 14th century that mechanical clocks were introduced.These were first seen in the large towers of Italian cities, they were public clocks which were driven by weight and regulated by primitive verge-and-foliot mechanisms, these were much less reliable than the systems we use today. 

    One of the most important landmarks for time-keeping was the German locksmith Peter Henlein's invention of the spring powered clock. This system was considerably lighter, and could be developed on a much more compact scale. They only had hour hands, and the spring system meant that the clock would slow down with age, but despite this, they became hugely popular with wealthy individuals, their size allowed them to be placed on a table or shelf as opposed to being hung from a wall.

    Galileo Galilei is often credited with the invention of the pendulum clock, however, this design was not put into development until many years after his death. A dutch scientist, Christian Huygens, built the first pendulum clock in 1656, it was capable of keeping time with an error gap of just one minute a day.

    The 1920s brought a new age of accurate time-keeping to the public sector. Walter Guyton Cady discovered that silicon dioxide, more commonly known as quartz, could be used to resonate an electro-magnetic source at a stable rate. While originally intended for radio, Warren Marrison and J.W. Horton at Bell Telephone Laboratories adopted this method, and designed the first quartz clock in 1927.

    It wasn't until the 1960s that the first steps were taken towards the mass-manufacture of quartz wrist watches. Seiko developed the Seiko Crystal Chronometer QC-951, which was a portable clock used for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. This was followed by the Seiko Quartz Astron, the world's first quartz wrist watch, which was released on the 25th December 1969.

    While mechanical watches are still considered to be the pinnacle of design and craftmanship, Quartz has become the 21st century industry standard for portable time-keeping. It is accurate, easy to maintain and portable.

    Quick Release Wrist Straps, Expand Your Style.

    One of Blenheim Londons key elements is the innovative watch straps we use. The 'quick-release system' make it easier than ever to tweak and update your look for any occasion, giving you the freedom to express your own style.


     All of our watches support this feature, and we also offer a wide range of straps. Its the perfect way to expand your collection and create a new outfit at an affordable price.


    An Introduction To Blenheim London

    Blenheim London started in May 2015. After 4 successful crowdfunding campaigns, which funded over £33,000, the business has grown into an established and valued brand.


    A solid and growing customer base has been established through the website, and our watches have been recognised across the globe. We see this as a reflection of the developing interest in an original and truly British design.


    We are constantly striving for perfection throughout the creative process of producing our watches which transmit an inherent British identity. Our intention is to uphold a minimalist design with select distinct features, while ensuring each watch is perfectly streamlined on the wrist.

    Each watch has being manufactured with premium Swiss-made components, this helps us to deliver innovative and stylish products which will stand the test of time.