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Travelling clocks

The man’s pocket travelling clock with a quarter repeater in a leather case. It was manufactured in Switzerland in the early XX century. As the book of the museum gifts says it was handed by Parfiry Ignatovich Zybanov on the 2 of April, 1975.

The clock has an anchor-type mechanism. It’s inserted into the outer cover of leather with a holder, which makes it possible to place them vertically. There is a repeater, which is activated by a lever on the side face. The clock is in working state – it goes sharp and is wound up by a remontoir (a head). It strikes hours by a kicking single blow and quarters by double one. The back cover is hinged. Also on the back side there are numbers "305593" on its inner surface. These numbers mark its serial number. There is a stamp «BREVET» on the mechanism which tells us that the clock was made according to the patent.

About travelling clocks

Such travelling clocks are an indispensable attribute of a traveler of the early twentieth century. But repeater models with a pocket-type mechanism caliber were not common even at that time. It is a quite expensive accessory due to the complexity of its mechanism.

What is a repeater?

A repeater is an additional device of the clock mechanism, striking hours and quarters that let you know the exact time in the dark time without lighting candles and lamps. Nowadays these watches are produced only by the highest level Swiss manufactures.

The anchoring mechanism

The anchor trigger mechanism was used in most clocks after the 1800th. It is self-starting. If you shake the watch, so that the balance-wheel would stop, it automatically starts to work again. The anchor mechanism consists of a trigger with reverse gear tilt of teeth and an anchor, rotating over it from side to side and is connected with the pendulum. The anchor is curved at the ends of the blades, which in turn enters into the teeth of a travelling wheel, getting impulses.


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