He is considered the father of English watchmaking and influenced watchmaker sizes such as George Graham and Robert Hooke. Today, 300 years ago (30th November 1713), Thomas Tompion died, changing his watchmaking tradition with his innovations in the second half of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. His greatest merit was probably the invention of the forerunner to the later improved by George Graham, which meant a true revolution for the mechanics of the pocket watch. Tompion’s invention was called Sautrog’s inhibition because the cylinder reminded with its incision at the elongated drinking water tank intended for livestock. Despite a high maintenance demand, cylinder inhibitions were very popular due to their compactness and above all a great technical challenge.
Besides “Sautroghemmung”, the “Father of English Clockmaking” was responsible for numerous other breakthrough innovations (mit-). In collaborations with famous watchmakers – such as Thomas Hooke, Edvard Banger and
George Graham – he performed numerous other merits. For example, he brought the spiral-shaped balance spring back to the island, developed it further with a special back-regulation, and also participated in the invention of the repetition mechanism.
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