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    Second hands

    I realize that there are lots of watches without second hands but I was wondering when second hands first appeared..... on clocks, pocket-watches, wrist-watches?

    I seem to remember seeing them on pocket watches but I don't know when the pocket-watches were made!

    I also seem to remember reading somewhere that one of the objectives of early makers of escapements and pendulums was to produce a one-second impulse in the gear-train controlled by the escapement, in which case maybe second hands followed success. And they would probably have moved once per second, too, as they do on quartz watches!

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    Re: Second hands

    I don't know, but I have a pocket watch with a second hand that's about 100 years old, so at least that far back.

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