John Arnold (Biographical details)

John Arnold (clockmaker/watchmaker; British; Male; c. 1736 - 1799)

Also known as

Arnold, John




Watchmaker and chronometer maker. Born in Bodmin, Cornwall, son of Richard Arnold to whom he was apprenticed in c.1754; principal chronometer maker of his day; made a repeating watch set in a ring for King Geoege III. In c.1763 he set up business in Devereux Court, The Stand, London. He was a member of the Clockmakers Company from 1783 until his death in 1799. He went into partnership with his son, John Roger Arnold, who had been his apprentice.


Vaudrey Mercer, John Arnold and Son, Chronometer Makers 1762-1843, Antiquarian Horological Society, London, 1972.

Hans Staeger, One Hundred Years of Precision Timekeepers: from John Arnold to Arnold and Frodsham, Stuttgart, 1997.