Off VC Topic: Observatory Competitions

Dear Friends
I would actually like to learn more about the competitions of 100 years ago.  I read in many cases that watches win these accuracy competitions or are awarded 1st prize, 2nd prize or Gold Medals.  I cannot decipher what all ths means and I am looking for some websites or books which will help my understanding.
would be happy to see PM's on replies as I am not sure Alex allows external links.

cheers all!  Happy Watching
some introduction can be
06/11/2012 - 15:25
found here I'll have to dig up some references but generally the categories depended on the size of the movement which more often than not were just made for the trials and didn't find their way into cases
Some more info here
06/11/2012 - 16:26
Thank you Alex,  I also subsequently found some information here from Dean All this is good info for me.  More details appreciated and any books or literature would be great!
are you plannig on buying an Observatory Chronometer? :-)
06/11/2012 - 16:36
Re: are you plannig on buying an Observatory Chronometer? :-)
06/12/2012 - 03:40
Alex, You questoin implies I did not already buy one.  You think I am so sensible as to do research FIRST and then buy one?!! Happy Watching! justindependent
Quit teasing and bring forth pictures! nt
06/12/2012 - 03:46
Re: Quit teasing and bring forth pictures! nt
06/12/2012 - 04:52
All I will say is that good things come to those who wait........ including myself! While on this topic, I have not come across too many VC observatory chronometers...... I know they are out there!!!
I think it is very cool, even if its not a VC
06/13/2012 - 02:14
Observatory Chronometers are way up there for me...though I haven't found one yet. THough I know it is nowhere near the same as a 1st Class Observatory wiinner, I am quite happy with 2 Chronometre Royales and a British Deck Watch that was tested at an Observatory before going into service. Great find, and show us Pictures ASAP. Congratulations!  Dan
The pleasure
06/13/2012 - 12:14
Thanks Dan! The pleasure of our hobby is not to be caught up in defining and chasing the best.  it is in searching, anlaysiing, exploring history and the present.  The joy is that you can derive pleasure from a ultra thin or a chronometre and appreciate it in the same way as a Graves complication.  I would love to have a Chronometre Royal just like you!  in pocket watch and wrist watch!  The good thing is this can be a long lasting hobby, and history doesnt change, so we have time to prusue our interests. happy watching justindependent
LOL Justin I guess we all do the research after we pull the deal :-)
06/12/2012 - 11:00
c'mon show us your baby cool
Its in the spa and its not VC (yikes!!!)
06/12/2012 - 12:06
i wonder when i will get it back!!  In the mean time i will just enjoy my lightwieght VC!
06/12/2012 - 13:45
As in aluminum, ;-) (nt)
06/13/2012 - 02:09
All 192g of it
06/13/2012 - 04:00
Dan is right, Alex. this Hour Lounge is taking too much time away from you and you are not hoping onto other popular horological sites that i also frequent.   Sorry i had wanted to post some initial photos here of a new acquisition but I had trouble uploading them from my Mac. First VC and I know many more to come!! Happy Wathcing justindependent