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All you need to know about Steven Hale and the world of watches

Discover 500 years of timekeeping

It’s not often you get to look at watches from the private collection of master watchmakers Maison Vacheron Constantin. From 27th October to 13th December a selection of 12 rarely seen historic timepieces are on display at the History of Science Museum in Oxford.

‘The Heartbeat of the City’ - 500 years of personal time

This fantastic exhibition looks like a great day out. Learn the personal history of 24 unique watches including:

  • Deck watch used on HMS Belfast during the D-Day landings
  • Wristwatch worn by British mountaineer George Sutton during his 1954-1955 expedition to South Georgia
  • “Bull’s Eye pocket watch worn by a Napoleonic Prince.

Outside the entrance in the Sheldonian Yard, you'll see a scaled replica of one of the most cunning mechanical devices ever produced: the lever watch escapement.

Take the Time Trail

Inside the Museum, discover how humans from antiquity to the early modern world have told the time, travelled the globe, and explored the skies. Investigate:

  • the world's finest collection of astrolabes
  • sundials — including a rare Roman portable dial
  • early clocks and watches, including an early pendulum clock from the 1600s CE by England's first clockmaker, Thomas Tompion
  • the Beeson Room, with Cyril Beeson's historic collection of Oxfordshire clocks.

Find out more about this great exhibition. If you love timepieces as much as we do, it’s not to be missed. Book your FREE ticket at

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