The Original C. Effinger Tempowatch™
The Original C. Effinger Tempowatch™


The Original Tempowatch Invented by Cecil Effinger
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As of June 2012, the Tempowatch is no longer available.

  We're sorry to report that manufacture was discontinued due to steeply rising production costs.   We thank you for your interest and support of the Tempowatch over the past 40+ years.   We suggest you check online sources for good used Tempowatches (Craigslist, eBay and Music Forums/Lists.)  

Best of luck to you!

This page will stay available for informational purposes

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The Original C. Effinger TEMPOWATCH™ Tells You What Your Tempo IS While Conducting, Teaching, Listening or Performing

We are the Exclusive Worldwide Distributor of the TEMPOWATCH™

Thanks for visiting our TEMPOWATCH™ web site. In 1969 Cecil Effinger invented the TEMPOWATCH™ at the insistence of the late famed conductor, Robert Shaw.

During the past 40+ years, the TEMPOWATCH™ has been the CONDUCTOR'S TOOL OF CHOICE used by thousands of professional and amateur choral, orchestral and band conductors and musicians throughout the world.

It is a one-of-a-kind tool. In fact, it is the ONLY music device that quickly and quietly tells you what your tempo IS while conducting, listening, composing or teaching.

Think of it as "opposite of the metronome" that sets the tempo....the TEMPOWATCH™ tells you what your tempo actually IS at the time it happens! An incredibly valuable device!

Please take a few moments and read our web page as it outlines the many uses of the TEMPOWATCH™ and how it can benefit your musical needs. As always, we welcome your questions and comments.




To know tempo as it happens is a constant need for every musician. The TEMPOWATCH™ fills this need precisely, quietly and quickly.

Heretofore there has not been generally available to the music profession a convenient, practical and accurate instrument for this purpose.

The metronome, for all its importance to music in the last two centuries, is essentially an instrument to establish a tempo which has been predetermined in beats per minute. But the metronome is, for several reasons, quite impractical in the reverse process, this is, to identify the actual tempo as the music is being played or imagined.

The TEMPOWATCH™ concept of tempo determination is, on the other hand, essentially the opposite to that of the metronome.

Instead of giving you the tempo to take, it gives you the tempo you are taking or have taken, an infinitely more useful bit of information in almost all practical situations.



Counting in tempo at any point in your music composition,  start the TEMPOWATCH™ at the count of ONE (1) and stop precisely on SEVEN (7).

You have the exact tempo immediately. Press once to reset, and immediately check another tempo.

For example, a conductor may check his tempo at any time without interrupting the rehearsal. The sweep hand of the TEMPOWATCH™ indicates the tempo at a glance.

More technically, the TEMPOWATCH™ is provided with special dial divisions converting time into units on the basis of six full beats and allowing a direct reading of from 34 to 360 beats per minute.

The reason for the six unit basis is that for the most common meters found in music the count of seven (which embraces the six full beats) is especially convenient.

This provides the possibility of stopping and starting the TEMPOWATCH™ on strong metric beats.

Some of the many uses of the TEMPOWATCH™ may be readily envisioned in the following suggested situations:

    •     the conductor or composer at rehearsal or performance
    •     the composer or arranger marking a new score
    •     the private teacher during the lesson
    •     the student at practice
    •     the bandsman on the field
    •     the engineer in recording, TV, radio
    •     the choreographer at rehearsal
    •     the librarian or historian checking recordings
    •     the music director in the entertainment field
    •     the adjudicator or music contest judge

A very important advantage of the TEMPOWATCH™ is its applicability in measuring tempo fluctuations during performance.

Although in much music fluctuation is not intended, in contemporary music, for instance, tempo fluctuation is increasingly important and must be controlled with precision.

The TEMPOWATCH™ catches these fluctuations readily in either case, and this may be done several times per minute, if desired.

Another advantage of the TEMPOWATCH™ is its capability (and availability) in precisely identifying, on the spur of the moment, a tempo which in practice or performance proves to be particularly “right”.

In addition to the tempo-determination function, the TEMPOWATCH™ has two other significant uses:

1) The dial has half-second divisions as well as ten minute register; therefore the TEMPOWATCH™ may be used as a timer, either for split-second timing as might be required in recording or film making, or for longer durations such as the timing of sections of music, movements of larger works or complete compositions.

2) Although the concept of the TEMPOWATCH™ is opposite to that of the metronome, it may, with practice, serve the metronome function as well, that is, to establish predetermined tempi.

Your TEMPOWATCH™ goes with you easily. Developed by composer-inventor CECIL EFFINGER, it is a superior timepiece in aluminum case of modern design, seven jewel lever movement, anti-magnetic, shock resistant with unbreakable mainspring.

It is produced in Germany custom-made especially for THE TEMPOWATCH COMPANY by HANHART, foremost maker of quality stopwatches.



As the Tempowatch ia based on a standard stop-watch mechanism, we suggest you find a local "fine watch" repair person - one with expertise on analog watches and stop-watches.   They can take care of most mechanical problems.


Best of luck to you!


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