A Potent Reminder of Mechanical Infallibility
Late May 2017 saw the largest ransomware outbreak in history. A viral attack on computers across the globe.
Hackers used Wannacry to lock and encrypt files, demanding Bitcoins in return for access. The vulnerability of digital devices was exposed. Chaos reigned in institutions and businesses worldwide; as many as 300,000 computers were crippled in over 150 countries.
In Britain, our NHS was the worst affected; 47 trusts were rendered wholly or partially inoperative. Both patients and staff suffered.
Yet it is at times such as these that mechanical devices are especially prized. Those who own automatic clocks or digital timing devices, such as the mobile phone, wonder bemusedly about why people desire mechanical watches. And it is precisely for these factors.
For five years, we’ve strived to meet an ever popular demand for autonomous, mechanical timepieces; wristwatches and stopwatches.
Take this example given to me by a good customer; a globetrotting helicopter pilot who flies aerial photography missions, with the police and also collecting aircraft that require servicing.
Our pilot friend isn’t always aware of the aircraft’s technical condition; the flight instruments may be inaccurate and less than perfect. Yet he is always able to rely on the trusty Damasko Chronograph we gave him to time his flight duration.
Fully functioning and accurate to a ‘T’, his mechanical watch is his companion; relied upon daily in every way.
And that’s not all, because we also supply mechanical stopwatches to various television and radio stations. Yes, really; even in these days of digital and ‘virtual studios’.
Producers and production assistants alike still confidentially rely on their trusty stopwatches. Simple and ultra-reliable instruments, often used in pairs to time programme segments.
Television operatives have been known to become so fond of their stopwatches that they have even given them nick names! Frequently during service periods we are called by anxious owners to know how 'Trevor' or 'Mike' is getting on. See, mechanical devices are more human than their digital cousins; you could feel the beat of their movements and the relief of knowing that they’re accurate to the second.