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The Unexpected Visitor

Jonathan Betts. Almost exactly ten years ago I had John Harrison’s magnificent first marine timekeeper H1 in my workshop at the Royal Observatory. It was being dismantled for study, cataloguing and conservation for the new chronometer catalogue. I had a film crew with me … Continue reading

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Star Of The Show

At the Mannheim electric clock fair, now in its twentieth year, one unusual item usually attracts a lot attention. This year (2019) was no exception. The images show an early form of German ‘treppenhausautomat’, loosely a ‘staircase lighting timer’. Lighting, … Continue reading

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The Typography Of Revival Watches

Until recently, there had been little research carried out on the typography of wristwatch dials. However, over the past decade, the increased interest in collectable vintage wristwatches appears to have sparked the interest of brands and collectors alike. While wristwatch … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a clock in the slums of Paris

  Every clock that left the workshop or factory on its way to a buyer has, we may assume, been coveted by and, we may hope, given satisfaction to its owner. But most of this goes unrecorded, and where traditional … Continue reading

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Mr Satori fuses Quartz

This post was written by Tabea Rude, Vienna Museum.   Around one hundred years ago, on May 15th 1918, the newly founded, not yet opened Vienna clock museum receives a generous present: a clock movement fitted with a fused Quartz pendulum … Continue reading

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Redisplaying the York automaton clock

This post was written by Daniela Corda     Over summer 2018, Matthew Read, Director, Bowes Centre, and I were commissioned to condition survey, part disassemble, pack for transportation, and reassemble an eighteenth-century automaton clock on behalf of York Museums … Continue reading

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A clock to remember the Zeppelin raids over London

    A recent article published in Antiquarian Horology, entitled ‘A Time to Remember’, focuses on a pocket watch in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich that had been recovered from the Titanic, which sank in 1912 after hitting an … Continue reading

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And now for something different

This post was written by David Read, Society Member       In the world of watch collectors there are many who dislike finding that a pocket watch case has been engraved with the owner’s name, or to record it … Continue reading

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Two-timing

    The dictionary defines ‘two-timing’ as ‘to be unfaithful to a spouse or lover’ or ‘to deceive, to double-cross’. But that’s not what I want to talk about. What I have in mind here is people who put the … Continue reading

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Discovering a Japanese lantern clock

This post was written by Daniela Corda, student at West Dean College     As a Post Graduate Diploma student of the Conservation of Clocks program at West Dean College, one of my recent projects has been to restore safe … Continue reading

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