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Chinese Eye Watch

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

Chinese Eye Watch

Since the cost of watches in the interior of China is unreasonably high - about $1,300 Chinese dollars for an American dollar watch, due to China's unfortunate inflationary situation - the poor classes there use the house cat to tell the time. At noon the pupil of the cat's eye is straight up and down. At six p. m. the pupil is half dilated. and at midnight the pupil is round. 


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