Samuel Watson (horologist)

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Samuel Watson (fl. c.1687-c.1710),[1] was a horologist (clock and watch maker) who invented the 5 minute repeater,[2] and made the first stopwatch.[1] He made a clock for King Charles II[3] and was an associate of Isaac Newton.[1]


In 1695 Samuel Watson made the Physicians Pulse watch which was the first watch with a lever that stopped the second hand.[4] In 1710 Samuel Watson invented the 5 minute repeater.[2]

Royal connection[edit]

One of his astronomical clocks can be seen in the library of Windsor castle.[1] The original case for that clock may be at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.[3]

In 1686 he was sheriff of Coventry, before moving to Long Acre, London in 1690/91.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Historical Practices of Pulse Diagnosis". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Timeline of a wristwatch". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Samuel Watson". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Clocks as fashion statements". Retrieved 4 October 2011.