John Harrison's Marine Chronometers in London, United Kingdom

Due to its role in navigational matters, the importance of time to sailors in the 17th century cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, their handle on this all-important matter while at sea was tenuous at best.

It was only logical, therefore, that the British Empire saw fit to hold a contest, whereupon they would bestow a massive prize to the first clockmaker who could deliver a timepiece capable of functioning on the open ocean. Try as they might, all the biggest names in...

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