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Ulysse Nardin
SILVER DECK WATCH WITH POWER RESERVE INDICATION AND ENAMEL DIAL  MVT 122441 CIRCA 1935 
Movement: manual winding 
Case: silver, hinged cuvette
Size: 64 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Ulysse Nardin fitted box
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Catalogue Note

For sailors, the correct time is fundamental in determining the longitude. With an accurate timepiece, a navigator can work out his exact location. In early days before the birth of marine chronometer, it was essentially impossible for sailors to know the time, traditional clocks were incredibly accurate but the pendulums of the clocks swing wildly even when the timepieces were mounted in gimbals. John Harrison, the man who spent 31 years to invent a marine chronometer, a long-sought-after device for solving the problem of calculating longitude while at sea was the man responsible for revolutionising naval navigation. 

Deck chronometers are big and precise pocket watches which synchronized with the marine chronometer. They were mostly used by the ship’s captain to tell the exact time on deck in order to locate and also brought with him offshore. They are usually immensely treasured by the captains, as the watch can make the difference between sailing safely past hazards and not knowing what is lurking beneath the surface. Thus, the conditions of deck watches, like the present lot, are usually superb for its age. 

Important Watches

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