Maritime chronometers are rare and precious items, crafted with care and precision, to provide an accurate means of measuring time and determining longitude at sea. Developed in the eighteenth century, these beautiful instruments were produced for the next two hundred years to the same design, and played a significant role in the growth of maritime trade, ultimately helping to shape the world as we know it today.
John Cronin studied horology at Bradford Technical College, where he was awarded a gold medal and a British Horological Institute prize for the national exams, before being elected to Fellowship of the Institute. John was the winner of the 1994 Artist Craftsman competition of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and is now closely involved with ICON [the Institute of Conservation]. He is one of just ten horologists who have gained accreditation with the institute as professional conservators, and is the ony member specializing in chronometer work. Resident - Cambridgeshire