12 Feb '13, 10pm

Why a $10 Casio Keeps Better Time Than a $10,000 Rolex

Andrew Tarantola View Profile Email Twitter Google Plus RSS That self-winding perpetual-movement monstrosity strapped to your forearm is accurate across a hemisphere's worth of time zones. But no matter how extravagantly handcrafted or precisely engineered your Rolex is, it'll never be as accurate as a cheap digital gas station watch. Here's why. The earliest known pocket watch was devised by German locksmith Peter Henlein around 1505. These small, globe-shaped mechanical brass clocks, known as "taschenuhr," were worn as accessories and trinkets by the upper class, much as Chihuahuas are employed today. Besides acting as Plague-era bling, these wearable clocks marked the first use of spiral mainsprings, metal torsion ribbons that store the potential energy that drives a timepiece. The energy stores in a mainspring keep a watch ticking, but they're not limitless. Eventually...

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