The 2mm Kolibri was the smallest commercially available centerfire cartridge, patented in 1910 and introduced in 1914 by Franz Pfannl, an Austrian watchmaker. The name Kolibri is German for 'Hummingbird'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2mm…
By 1983, the β€œQuartz Crisis” had decimated the Swiss watchmaking economy, which had 1,600 watchmakers in 1970 and eventually fell to 600. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
19th century Swiss watchmakers used to copy American watches and make 'superfakes' of American brands techcrunch.com/2017/12/03…
In 2015 smartwatch maker Pebble declined a $740m offer from watchmaker Citizen, a year later they sold the company to Fitbit in region of $23m-$40m. techvibes.com/2016/12/01/…
Today I learned of the Quartz Crisis in watch making. The advent of Seiko's quartz watch movements had a massive effect on the Swiss mechanical watch manufacturing industry. The number of Swiss watchmakers dropped from 1,600 to 600 in a 13 year span. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
A watchmaker 240 years ago invented robot that could write, and the parts could be interchanged to say whatever you want. chonday.com/Videos/the-wr…
Swiss Watch Maker ETA offers 3000 hours of watchmaking instruction, leading to a career as a professional watchmaker, tuition free. nghayekwatchmakingschool.…
There was a watchmaker from Colorado named Gene Clark who worked alone and would make every part of the watches he created. He even smelted his own gold in order to get the color just right. sothebys.com/en/auctions/…
Thomas Crapper is often credited with the invention of the flush toilet. But the honor actually belongs to a watchmaker named Alexander Cummings. theweek.com/articles/5801…
Grammy nominee and former lead guitarist for Anthrax, Dan Spitz, retired to become "...one of the best watchmakers in the world." hodinkee.com/interview-me…
Movado, the watchmaker, has a lot of their watch models named with the constructed language Esperanto, because their name means movement in that language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
Mars rover missions are based on local solar time on Mars. Engineers on the Mars Spirit mission commissioned a local watchmaker to create a watch with 24 hour, 39 minute days. marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/s…
The Swiss fell to a paradigm shift when a Swiss man invented the Quartz watch. The watch was rejected by the Swiss and the design was sold to the Japanese. The Swiss were no longer the #1 watch industry of the world and 100s of Swiss watchmakers lost their jobs, known as the Quartz Crisis. glennlimthots.wordpress.c…
In 1989, Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe created "the most complicated watch in the world." Made of 18K gold, the watch has 24 hands, 1,728 components and includes features such as a star chart and thermometer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Robert Hubert, a French watchmaker, was hanged on the charge of starting the Great Fire of London in 1666. Hubert falsely confessed to have thrown a fire grenade through the window of a bakery, which in fact had no windows, even though he arrived in England two days after the fire had started. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The original concept for the Smart Car was a joint venture between the swiss watchmaker Swatch and Mercedes Benz hence the name "Smart" which is an initialisation of "Swatch Mercedes ART". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
In the 1770s, Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz built a programmable robot capable of writing full sentences, making it possibly the oldest computer. thisiscolossal.com/2013/1…
French Polymath, Pierre Beaumarchais, was at various times in his life, a watchmaker, inventor, playwright, musician, diplomat, spy, publisher, horticulturist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and revolutionary (both French and American). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The first humanoid robots were created by three watchmakers in NeuchΓ’tel, Switzerland, in 1768. Two boys and a girl: One was programmed to print texts, one could draw 4 different drawings and one could play instruments. More info in comments! blog.modernmechanix.com/r…
A functioning automaton named The Writer from 1774 inspired the principal character of Scorcese's Hugo. The inventor was a world-renowned Swiss watchmaker. twistedsifter.com/2013/11…
A Austrian watchmaker once made a handgun which took 2mm sized bullets, the Kolibri Pistol. It's now considered a collector's item. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_m…
Dan Spitz, the ex lead guitarist of Anthrax is now a master watchmaker. hodinkee.com/interview-me…
Abraham Lincoln's watch had secret messages which was engraved by the watchmakers during repairing. mashable.com/2014/10/23/a…
A watchmaker built a mechanical 24.65 hour clock to help Nasa scientists keep track of their distant rovers. ajainternational.com/news…
A watchmaker, 240 years ago, invented a robot that could write, and the letters could be interchanged to whatever you wanted. youtube.com/watch?v=FUa7o…
The scapegoat for the Great Fire of London in 1666 was a simple-minded French watchmaker charged as an agent of the pope, who didn't arrive until 2 days after the fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of Pierre Beaumarchais. A French watchmaker, musician, fugitive, and spy who created a shadow company under the order of Louis XVI to secretly supply the colonists with munitions during the American Revolution. Oh and he also wrote the Figaro plays. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…

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