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Former Member22/11/2019 21:53:57
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Simon Feather25/11/2019 09:29:29
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I found a couple of references - there seem to be two possible reasons for having the two main springs.

- to maintain the drive so the clock never runs down - the idea being that you wind alternate sides on alternate days;

- or to provide extra power to drive ancillary gear e.g. a clocking-in stamp

Lots of theories!

G194025/11/2019 11:59:45
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Clocks don't usually run down becaue they have either a 30 hour (wind daily at the same time) or 8 day (wind weekly on the same day) movements. I used to wind the market place clock each Saturday night (around midnight) and it took 16 turns of the key IIRC. The clocking-in stamp is interesting though when I've worked places where clocking in was required it was a separate clock (clock number 734 ).

It's ticking away as I type.


Gary Manuel25/11/2019 13:11:37
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No clock expert by any stretch, but here's my suggestion.

When you wind a clock up, you turn it against the spring tension and thus remove the spring pressure that is driving the clock mechanism. Having two main springs means that one spring is always driving the mechanism - even when the other is being wound. Two springs is to prevent the clock losing time during winding.

Don Fry25/11/2019 14:23:16
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Geoff, how long does it run for?

G194025/11/2019 14:40:39
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That's true, Gary. However, I used to put the market place clock right each time I wound it. It wasn't far out. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't bothered to wind the same movement now it's in a new case hanging on the wall at home for a year or two - it's not in a room we use very often.

Ron, it's an 8 day movement. It also takes an awful lot of effort to wind - both springs are very strong.


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