While timepieces are now worn on our wrists, women’s fashion had other ideas. During the 19th century, women wore watches around their necks. By the end of the century, it was more ‘en vogue’ to have your watch incorporated into your jewelry, like your ring. It became common to wear watches designed to be pinned on a woman’s lapel.
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This dial unit is all that remains of a quartz clock dating from about 1955. The clock was developed at the Naval Research Laboratory and installed at the U.S. Naval Observatory to monitor the accuracy of time signals sent to naval radio stations at Annapolis, San Francisco, Hawaii and Balboa in the Panama Canal Zone.