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    john harrison

    ive noticed on alot of furms where peopls discus the best, important, significant or favorite watch makers that no one ever seems to pic john harrison . im a big JH admirer and think that his contribution to chronometers is vastly significant and important . and helped solved a problem we just take for granted now . i mean i have a few watches my favs my citizen skyhawk that is real accurate and i also brought my dad a cheap watch of fleabay that is just as accurate . its hard to think at one time you could not find that, and clever people such as isaac newton said it was impossible to make a accurate timekeeper.



    no sarcasm or derogatory comments pls
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    Re: john harrison

    Yes we have heard of him and this sort of thing is best discussed in the Vintage forum.

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    J. Harrison is one of th most important Englishman ever born. Without his inventions the world would not look like it does today.
    the problem discussing him is that he lived such a long time go, and none of us owns a timepiece by him!
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    Re: john harrison

    lol be pretty cool if some one did . like the h6 lol

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    Museum pieces. I am not sure if all of them sill exist and are accounted for?

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    Re: john harrison

    Plenty of John Harrisons exist although not THE Harrison. My Harrison which is really a Swiss resale through a good Liverpool lever HARRISON watchmaker after 1800 was not very much appreciated.

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    Harrison's main contribution to horology is, in my opinion, not his timepieces as they were technological dead ends, but his demonstration with H1 and H4 that highly accurate timekeepers with very low consistent daily rates can be used to precisely determine the longitude. H4 is probably the most accurate verge fusee watch ever made. When I say that they were technological dead ends I mean they were not the wave of the future as the marine chronometer using the detent escapement of LeRoy, Berthold, Arnold and Earnshaw became the standard for navigation until the quartz movement replaced them. Dana Sobel's book on Harrison is a good read.

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    yer ive read a book on john harrison and horology but funny enough ive never read dana sobels longitude lol. i have recently ordered it though

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    Re: john harrison

    I am John Harrison... on Facebook at least
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    John Harrison was the man.

    A carpenter to trade, he started in horology by building wooden clocks with wooden wheels...
    yet they kept time to within a few secs a year.
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