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Founded in 1860, Ed. Heuer & Co. quickly earned its reputation for developing stopwatches, chronographs and other timers to address the most specialised and challenging requirements. Heuer made timers for the engineer using 1/10,000 hour measurements for time and motion study, for the artillery officer reading a telemeter scale to locate enemy installations, and for the physician timing 15 pulses, to quickly determine a patient’s heart rate.
Sports timing, however, presents many different challenges. Precision may not be important to time the three-minute rounds and one-minute breaks of a boxing match, but hundredths or thousandths of a second may determine where downhill skiers stand on the podium. Sporting events are staged in the heat of the desert, in frosty alpine regions, in the bright sun and the dark of night. A parachute jump lasts only a few seconds (with no need for time-in and time-out functions), while a chess match may be timed over a period of hours or days.
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