Watches with special scales designed to be used for measuring marching speeds were used by various different infantries. In France, watches were used by the army to measure the marching speeds of the army's infantry of the Consulat and 1st Empire. Various marching speeds were used, with 75 being the 'cadence normale' or standard marching speed using during parades. The present watch is calibrated to '76' and it is known that, for example, the Prussian Army used 76 paces per minute as one of their standard marching speeds (see: Joachim Mauss, A 'Compteur Militaire' Pocket Watch' Antiquarian Horology, Winter 1987, p.145).
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