On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister finally smashed the four-minute mark for mile times. The runner’s record breaking laps were recorded by this watch as well as just a few more to confirm the record-setting pace in history books.

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The official website of The British Monarchy has posted an open position for Horological Conservator and is now accepting applications until October 13th. While some sources may belittle the position by labeling it the royal “clock winder,” the job appears to be much more complicated than that. Details of the listing are below.


There are over 1000 clocks and instruments (barometers, thermometers, etc.) that must be maintained, set, and repaired at Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences. The Horological Conservator must have a combination of historical knowledge and mechanical skill with the ability to fabricate parts for centuries-old clocks that require repairs.


The position pays 31,200 GBP, which is $50,163 at the time of publishing. Apparently, this same position was posted on the website around this time last year, so whoever took the position previously did not stay very long. You can find the official listing here.