One of the most famous clocks in the world, the Shepherd Gate Clock stands outside the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. This excellent crowdfunded watch project aims to put a replica of it on your wrist.
From the GTG Watch Kickstarter campaign:
In the year 1849, the engineer Charles Shepherd Junior (1830–1905) patented a system for controlling a network of master and slave clocks using an electric way, the galvanism. Shepherd installed the public clocks for the Great Exhibition in May 1851. By August 1852, he had built and installed the network of clocks and cables in the Royal Observatory, in Greenwich, London.
The Gate Clock originally indicated astronomical time, in which the counting of the 24 hours of each day starts at noon. The clock was changed in the 20th century to indicate Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), in which the counting of the 24 hours of each day starts at midnight. Currently, the Gate Clock continues to show Greenwich Mean Time, and it does not show daylight saving time.
A few meters behind the clock, pass the Greenwich Prime Meridian Line, based at the Royal Observatory. This meridian was established in London by Sir George Airy in 1851. By 1884, over two-thirds of all ships and tonnage used it as the reference meridian on their charts and maps.
In October of that year, during the International Meridian Conference, this meridian was selected as the Official Prime Meridian of the world.The Greenwich Prime Meridian is still now the worldwide Time zone reference.
That makes this project easily one the most interesting this year for a history nerd like me! I’m particularly pleased that they haven’t gone the cheap cash in route and have put an automatic movement in this watch instead of a quartz which would have been a lot easier. A mechanical movement is only fitting for such a historical clock.
Two movements versions are available, a 24H with seconds sub-dial that mirrors the actual dial design of the Shepherd Gate Clock and a 12H with seconds sub-dial that has a more familiar watch dial scale. Both versions have a fairly unique crown placement at 6 o’clock.
Both movement versions are available in one of 2 dial finishes, galvanic or glossy and a staggering 10 different strap options, with a couple more as stretch goals.
Pledges start from £120 for the 12h Glossy Dial version and go up to £160 for the 24h Galvanic Dial. Available right now on Kickstarter.