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Unusual Clock

From The American Horologist magazine, February, 1946

Unusual Clock

By W. H. Samelius


This clock is built in the form of a light house, the tower has a lamp with a light that flashes. It has nine dials showing correct time ,for the principal cities around the world. The center dial showing local time. A synchronous motor located in the house drives the spider holding the dials, making one revolution per hour. From each end of the arbor of the spider is a small projecting stud. On this stud the dials revolve, the dials being weighted so that figure 12 will always remain on top. A frame to which the dials are attached is recessed to receive the cannon pinion, minute wheel and hour wheel. Figure No.1. The cannon pinion being friction tight to the stud will then hold the minute hand in any fixed position or time it may be set. Instead of the minute hand revolving, the dial revolves about it's center as the spider revolves, thus showing the time to the minute and hour. The complete clock stands 16 inches high, the spider is ten inches in diameter and each of the small dials are 2 1/2 inches in diameter. The dials are engraved showing the cities of Bombay, London, Hawaii, San Francisco, Yokohoma, Shanghai, New York and Moscow. This clock was constructed by Mr. William Geoghagen, student at Elgin Watchmakers College. He is to be complimented for his skill and careful workmanship. 




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