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While it is interesting that anyone could (or would) make a functioning wrist watch out of wood, I'm reminded (given the poor power reserve, and the pathetic accuracy) of the tagline for a "Road & Track" review of a BMW turbodiesel some decades ago: "They've found the answer to the question nobody's asking."

An interesting curiosity, but not "one-upping John Harrison" IMO.

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Some seriously harsh critics here! Personally, I think it's amazing that he could get them even within 5 minutes per day. For woodwork, that's some pretty impressive precision. Let's do the math:

5 minutes per day = 5 minutes per 24 hours. Rounding, that's 1 minute every 5 hours. Sixty seconds for every 5 X 60 X 60 seconds. Simple math makes that 1 second for every 5 X 60 seconds, or 1 second for every 300 seconds. Certainly not the standard we are used to, but given the method of production I'm impressed. Say you wore one to work and set it when you arrived at the office. Assuming a nine hour day including lunch, by the time the work day was over the watch would be roughly two minutes off. I could live with that.

Another way to look at it is 12 seconds per hour. 12 X 9 = 108 seconds in a work day.
 

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Some seriously harsh critics here! Personally, I think it's amazing that he could get them even within 5 minutes per day. For woodwork, that's some pretty impressive precision. Let's do the math:

5 minutes per day = 5 minutes per 24 hours. Rounding, that's 1 minute every 5 hours. Sixty seconds for every 5 X 60 X 60 seconds. Simple math makes that 1 second for every 5 X 60 seconds, or 1 second for every 300 seconds. Certainly not the standard we are used to, but given the method of production I'm impressed. Say you wore one to work and set it when you arrived at the office. Assuming a nine hour day including lunch, by the time the work day was over the watch would be roughly two minutes off. I could live with that.

Another way to look at it is 12 seconds per hour. 12 X 9 = 108 seconds in a work day.
If I wanted a nice piece of micro wood carving then it would fit the bill. If I want something with a semblance of accuracy (in horological terms) I would buy something else.
 

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interesting comments about the poor accuracy of the wood watches given we treasure mechanical watches for their art over a circuit board features. as we all know mechanicals are not even close to a quartz watch or an atomic watch in accuracy yet each day we strap on a piece of art rather than the most accurate watch we can buy--and one that would cost us a whole lot less money.
 

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interesting comments about the poor accuracy of the wood watches given we treasure mechanical watches for their art over a circuit board features. as we all know mechanicals are not even close to a quartz watch or an atomic watch in accuracy yet each day we strap on a piece of art rather than the most accurate watch we can buy--and one that would cost us a whole lot less money.
I think that's right (I'm no accuracy freak) but we all have a 'tolerance' that we are prepared to accept. I think 5 minutes is far too much so whilst I appreciate it might be crafted beautifully I wouldn't call it a 'good' mechanical watch.
 
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