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Notes of the Trade

From Horology magazine, December 1937

Notes of the Trade


Hammel, Riglander & Company has issued a new 64 page catalog of the "Quick-Fit" Swiss material system. Also included are many watchmakers' tools and other types of watch materials. It is completely illustrated and will be found of value by every horologist. A copy of this catalog may be obtained by writing to Hammel, Riglander & Co., Inc., 209-211 W. 14th Street, New York City.


The Glo-Dial Clock Corporation, Los Angeles, has developed a mechanical remote control setting arrangement which is now being applied as standard equipment on all Glo-Dial clocks with dials 23 inches in diameter or larger. It is arranged so that by pulling on a lever the hands are set one minute at a time. By pulling the lever further they are set forward ten minutes at a time. Thus if a clock needs correction because of power failure or some other cause it can be quickly set externally. If the clock is mounted too high to be within reach a cord can be attached to the lever. The mechanical arrangement is very simple and rugged, as can be noted from the accompanying illustration. 

This device, for which a patent application is pending, eliminates the costly installation of a separate motor control. An illustrated booklet showing the various types of sign and street clocks made by this firm may be obtained by writing to the Glo-Dial Clock Corporation, 1864 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles.

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