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The most common modern calendar is based on the Roman calendar, which broke the traditional link of the month to the phases of the moon and divided the year into twelve months, alternately comprising thirty and thirty-one days.Since 1895, Rotary has been manufacturing stylish dress watches from both its Swiss and UK operations.As trends have changed over the years, so has the company.In some cultures, astronomical data was used for astrological prognostication.Ancient astronomers were able to differentiate between stars and planets, as stars remain relatively fixed over the centuries while planets will move an appreciable amount during a comparatively short time.Ancient structures with possibly astronomical alignments (such as Stonehenge) probably fulfilled astronomical, religious, and social functions.Calendars of the world have often been set by observations of the Sun and Moon (marking the day, month and year), and were important to agricultural societies, in which the harvest depended on planting at the correct time of year.This truly captivating collection offers an insight into the fashion of the 20s, 30s, 40s until the present day.
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Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, cosmological, calendrical, and astrological beliefs and practices of prehistory: vestiges of these are still found in astrology, a discipline long interwoven with public and governmental astronomy, and not completely disentangled from it until a few centuries ago in the Western World (see astrology and astronomy).
They related these objects (and their movements) to phenomena such as rain, drought, seasons, and tides.
It is generally believed that the first astronomers were priests, and that they understood celestial objects and events to be manifestations of the divine, hence early astronomy's connection to what is now called astrology.
We have decided to celebrate our heritage and mark the success by displaying a selection of Rotary Watches that date back to the early 1900s.
Each piece is surrounded by history and the entire collection demonstrates the evolution of watch manufacturing throughout the last century.