The Legacy of John Arnold
Born in Cornwall, England in 1736, John Arnold was a watchmaking legend in his own time.
After his first apprenticeship, Arnold opened a workshop in London. One of his first clients was William McGuire, a renowned watch connoisseur, who tasked Arnold with the daunting repair of his repeating watch. After he successfully restored McGuire’s watch, Arnold nearly immediately gained recognition as a talented watchmaker.
In 1764, Arnold presented the smallest repeating watch to King George III. With this marvel—presented to the royal court, no less—Arnold’s renown as one of the day’s most innovative watchmakers soared. Arnold is also credited with developing the very first chronometer, a distinct title reserved for exceptionally precise timepieces and a designation still used today.