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Image: Twenty-four hour watch used by MacMillan

Twenty-four hour watch used by MacMillan
United States scientific equipment

ca. 1908
3 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 5/8 in. (9 x 6 x 2 cm)

Waltham Watch Co. (Waltham, MA, 1885 - 1957)

Object Type: scientific equipment
Creation Places: North America, United States, Massachusetts
Medium and Support: metal
Credit Line: Gift of Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1976.1.1
Used by Donald MacMillan on the North Pole and Crocker Land Expeditions, as well as later expeditions, a twenty-four hour watch is invaluable in the Arctic to tell day from night, since the sun stays up for months at a time. It is also essential to determine longitude, used with a sextant.

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Location Latitude: 42.376485, Longitude: -71.235611

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