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Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:13:21 PM »
Just hit me as really strange; a clock that uses an electric motor run with 2 - 1-1/2 volt dry cells to WIND it's main spring! Just weird I think!  And it has a really heavy lead-weight pendulum too, and ticks away just like any wind-up clock.

Oh well; $75, and after fresh batteries, it WORKS!   :)



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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 10:28:01 PM »
WU rented these to radio stations,railroads etc.Heavy duty movement. Service gone by 70s

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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 09:01:35 AM »
That is a cool clock. :)

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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 08:31:01 PM »
Its the best of both worlds. The simplicity of a spring powered clock coupled with the modern marvel of electricity   ;D

I have a mid 60s Simplex (all electric) clock that quietly growls away on the wall. Amazing how well some of the older clocks keep perfect time.
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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2018, 09:41:30 PM »
Does this clock operate like car clocks did back in the good old (bad old) days? A solenoid, or whatever you call it, makes the spring pop back when it makes contact? Probably a lot more dependably than a car clock, though I knew of one electric clock in a 1966 Impala that ran accurately for about 12 years. The electric clock in my '69 Oldsmobile and then the one in the '78 Pontiac that replaced it never ran well, and I opened them up and tried to keep them going, but I guess I was a kid who didn't know what to do. I was glad when cars went to digital clocks, though I did like to hear the tick-tock-klunk of those old analog electric clocks.
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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 08:16:06 PM »
You did well in getting that clock at that price.  They started letting them go a few years ago and they have gone up as they have been sold off.


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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2018, 12:18:08 PM »
Didn't the clocks marked Naval Observatory Time receive a signal from Western Union that somehow kept the clock on the correct time. If I remember correctly the signal was sent at a certain time then the clock that reset.
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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2018, 07:09:40 PM »
Maybe it was a single trigger to both wind and sync the clock?
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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2018, 11:11:22 AM »
From Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_Winding_Clock_Company

The Self Winding Clock Company and the Western Union Time Service

The relationship between the two separate companies began with an agreement between Self Winding Clock Company and Western Union (WU) being entered into in June 1889. This agreement was for the transmission of time signals over Western Union telegraph lines to synchronize clocks made by Self Winding Clock Company. SWCC owned the clocks and WU installed and maintained them for a monthly fee, ranging from $1.25 to $2.00 per clock per month. SWCC was paid a percentage of the rental fee for providing clocks for the WU customers. If the clock movements required major repairs, they were sent to a SWCC repair facility and a replacement movement was installed by WU at the customer location. The partnership between SWCC and WU ended in 1963 when, as part of a lawsuit settlement, WU purchased all the rental clocks from SWCC. By the late 1960s, the time-service business had run its course and ceased to be profitable. Most of the clocks were simply abandoned. These clocks are sought after by many clock collectors.
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Re: Cool Clock that I picked up a while back
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2018, 12:25:28 PM »
Bet that was a boon for the railroads with their critical need for time uniformity across the country.
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