Re: Captain John's Chronometer and Barometer

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Posted by Peter Ceresole on December 11, 2008 at 03:38:18 user PeterC.

In Reply to: Re: Captain John's Chronometer and Barometer posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett on December 11, 2008 at 23:26:01:

Not something he would have done with a wristwatch.

On the contrary; unless he had a wrist watch with a metallic strap, which would be vanishingly unlikely at that time, then the buckle would easily slip onto a small hook (or simply a nail) and the watch would hang in an eminently readable position.

It doesn't seem to me that there is any reference that settles this one way or the other. My preference is based simply on the probability that a boy's first watch, in 1930, would most likely be a wristwatch.

This is one of those things that depends on the nature of the times, how people lived their everyday lives. Obvious in 1930, but incredibly difficult to pin down from this distance. The past really is another country, and it's not surprising that AR didn't go into that kind of detail.

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