[Horology 101] In the “right” direction

Ever wondered why clocks and watches run in the direction of “clockwise”?

Some of the earliest timepieces were sundials. In the northern hemisphere, the shadow of the dial traces clockwise as the sun moves through the sky, so when clocks were being developed, their hands were made to turn in the same direction.

That said, sundials work counterclockwise below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, and we would be reading our watches differently today if the watch and clock-makers had used them as an example!

By |2018-09-27T03:59:13+00:00September 27th, 2018|News|0 Comments