'On Time' Exhibit to Begin in November
Timex keeps exhibition ticking at Smithsonian
The National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, DC, will kick off its "On Time"
permanent exhibit Nov. 18.
As noted in our January issue (page 65) the exhibit will feature
hundreds of clocks, watches and other timekeepers (see example
in box). The exhibit, exclusively supported by Timex, explores
timekeeping and its increasing importance in everyday life in
the U.S. Traditional timepieces will be interlaced with items
from daily life used to tell time.
Included among the hundreds of items is the first quartz watch
and first prototype quartz movement. Look also for a collection
of U.S. made timepieces from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Contact the Smithsonian Institution, (202) 357 2379, or
its public affairs office, (202) 357 3129, www.si.edu/lemelson/Quartz.
by Michael Thompson
Timely Facts:The Battery
Miniature batteries were developed during World War II by
Samuel Ruben and manufactured by P.R. Mallory (this pair later
formed the Mallory Battery Co.). But these batteries were neither
leak proof nor long lasting enough for use in watches.
A team of researchers at Hamilton Watch Co. first tried to
develop a battery for watches. After initial setbacks, Hamilton
joined forces with National Carbon Co. (later Union Carbide)
in 1954 to develop a battery for Hamilton's first electric watch,
||This Hamilton Ventura, circa 1957, used the first
commercial watch batteries. It's part of the Smithsonian's "On
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