"I am first of all not a science fiction writer … I write, I suppose, what the Latin Americans call magic realism."
The task of setting a chronometer has always been as much of a problem as making one run properly. Heinlein happened on a very modern solution to this task in 1940.
Today, of course, you can actually purchase a watch like this:
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