31 Oct '17, 6pm

In-Depth Why Clocks Run Clockwise (And Some Watches And Clocks T...

As to why the relative motion of the Sun in the northern hemisphere should have come to dominate clock and watch design globally, the answer is probably that mechanical clocks were first widely developed in the northern hemisphere – a simple case of history being written by the victors (or inventors, in this case. Geography is also at work; nearly 70% of the Earth's land surface area is in the northern hemisphere as well). The subject would not have come up for many early clockmakers as many early clocks did not have hands at all, but rather, struck the hours on a bell or gong. However, that clockwise motion of clock and watch hands derives from astronomical observations in the northern hemisphere, and from the development of clockmaking in northern European nations, can seem culturally chauvinistic, and there have been attempts to make anticlockwise motion of the hands a ...

Full article: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/why-clocks-run-clockwise

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