Talking watch (1890s)

“To get up anything new in the way of watches seems difficult. The precision of the present construction leaves little margin to progress, and the indications that it has been possible to give these small instruments are som numerous and interfere so little with the perfect running of them that we might consider perfection as having been nearly reached in watchmaking. Mr. Sivan, a French watchmaker, established in Geneva, has, nevertheless, succeeded in stepping outside of the beaten track in devising a chronometer that speaks the hours, instead of striking them, through an ingenious application of the phonograph” (Scientific American, 1894).

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