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Thomas Mudge

1715 - 1794

Thomas Mudge © mhe

English clockmaker and chronometer maker.

Member of the Clockmaker Company (CC.).

Free CC.1738.

Livery CC.1766.

Disciple of Georges Graham.

Moved to London (1751) then Plymouth (1771).

Clockmaker to George III (nominated in 1776).

The first to use rubies for palettes and roller pin.

Key dates

1750

Production of an exceptional watch for King George III, including two inventions: Invention of a system to compensate for temperature variations in watches. Invention of the anchor escapement.

1759

He dedicated his work to producing three marine chronometers. The first was completed in 1774, the two others in 1779.

Invention of a constant force escapement for marine chronometers. Particularly complicated and delicate to make, it would never be produced commercially.

From 1771

He dedicated his work to producing three marine chronometers. The first was completed in 1774, the two others in 1779.

Invention of a constant force escapement for marine chronometers. Particularly complicated and delicate to make, it would never be produced commercially.