The Dutch have a long and significant history in clock science, design and making.
Shortly after Christiaan Huygens (1656) created the first pendulum clock in Holland, Zaan clockmakers adapted this innovation in the Zaan region in 1670 to create what is now known around the world as a Zaandam clock.
The Zaan region, near Amsterdam, became an industrial area in the 1700s, inviting the establishment of this unique style of clock making. Mennonite freedom of religion characterized this climate, which influenced the maxim typically found on this style clock:
Nu Elck Syn Sin – To each his own