60 Minutes Stopwatch

60 Minutes Stopwatch

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The most-watched news program in American history, 60 Minutes (CBS, 1968- ) revolutionized television journalism with its pioneering newsmagazine format. As conceived by producer Don Hewitt, the show includes a mix of breaking news, investigative reports, interviews, and commentary. The famous opening logo, a ticking stopwatch, also marks time between segments. This watch was used on the program until the late 1990s, when it was replaced by a computer graphic.
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Object Name
date made
1960s - 1970s
CBS News, "60 Minutes"
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
synthetic fibers (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 9 cm x 2.5 cm x 7.5 cm; 3 9/16 in x in x 2 15/16 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 3 in x 3 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 7.62 cm x 8.89 cm
weighted panel: 4 in x 3 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 7.62 cm x 8.89 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of CBS News, "60 Minutes"
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This model used on '60 Minutes' is an Aristo analog stopwatch. The logo was removed to avoid it appearing to be an endorsement. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1998. Watson, P. (2003, March 16). '60 Minutes' Watch Actually 3rd One Used. Retrieved April 28, 2018, from https://web.archive.org/web/20170428121230/http://articles.dailypress.com/2003-03-16/features/0303160224_1_aristo-stopwatch-cbs-television-show

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