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JohnD

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  1. And worth a bloody fortune!! (Current value for similar about US$12,000)
  2. This is the mechanism in the 'Floodlight alarm' identical to the other alarm that I have other than a simple cam mech to turn the dial light on at midnight and off at 8am, which sadly doesn't work as the secondary winding in the coil that turns it into a 3volt transformer, is open circuit.... Note the use of Meccano to hold the movement in the case This is what it looked like when I got it......
  3. Well Andy, all of my early ones are made by 'Ferranti'. This is their 'Model No2', and was made between 1932 and 1936, (shown prior to restoration) This is the 'Model No4', again 1932 to 1936, Both of the above have the 'broad spade' hands so date to 1932/33.. This is the 'Model No8' alarm, which dates from 1936.... This 'was' originally a 'Model No6' 'Floodlit' alarm, made between 1936 & 1938, but about 60? years ago someone broke the Bakelite case and then rehoused the works in a home-made wooden case (which I have attempted to 'sympathetically restor
  4. Don't know about '1950's technology' Andy. I have five that were made before 1935, so really from an age when Mallard was setting the world speed record for a steam train and Frank Whittle was still in the theory stage of Jet engine development... A bit more 1935 technology HERE.........
  5. Sorry about this... Rich mixes the lume colour himself to match, here is another one that he did for me and re-lumed the hands to match the existing lume dots on the dial....
  6. As it explains in Rich's write up, I've had it for 52 years now. It was bought for me as a 21st birthday present by first wife and cost just under £40 at the time.....It is a bit special..
  7. Might be worth contacting Rich Askham, I can recommend his work, having had several watches serviced by him... The first being this one about 5 years ago...
  8. I'd be tempted to file the two sides of the top plate Andy........
  9. Hi Andy, overall length of the plastic former is 29.89mm, width 18mm x 19.6mm, with 17.5mm x 20mm over the thickest part of the coil windings. The rectangular slot through the former is nominally 8mm x 6.5mm
  10. For a second or two I thought that you were going to be in luck Andy, as that looked identical to two of my unidentified coils, but on measuring one of them I find that it was just under a couple of millimetres bigger all round.... If it is any use though, I measured the DC resistance of the coil and it was 6.1K ohms....
  11. What does the coil look like Andy? I bought a job lot of new old stock synchronous clock spares, mainly for the five Smiths Bijou coils (sadly two of which were open circuit), but there were other coils in the lot that I haven't identified (that are all OK).... I did use one of the Smiths coils to get this working.....
  12. I can't help much, but I suppose that you have seen THIS ?
  13. The o The post heading suggests that it is a Seiko 4R36 (NH36). I'm wondering if the issue is because the attempted manual day change is too close to the midnight position of the movement? Try winding the movement forward a few (5 or 6) hours then trying the day change again.....
  14. Latest offering from me, this Seiko 4823-5017 from March 1976.... Now fitted with a new crystal and paired with a nice blue genuine croc strap... ('Slight' improvement over seller's eBay picture........)
  15. Shame about the dial damage though I suspect that an acceptable repair could be achieved with patience.....I suppose that the hands are missing because they were solid gold? If so the perpetrator appears to have missed a trick as the suspension loop seems to be hall marked and if that is true it will also be 9ct gold.....(the case itself is 'Star' quality which I believe gave a 10 year guarantee against wear.....
  16. Sadly no, out of all of the obsolete 'high tech' crap that I have held onto over the last 50 or so years, the calculator was not one of them.... (still got an Atari 2600 and a Sinclair ZX Spectrum though......)
  17. I remember using a mechanical calculator like that back in the late 1960's in a drawing office..prior to spending an arm and a leg a year or two later on a Sinclair pocket calculator......
  18. Easiest way is to start with a watch with a 6309 mechanical movement (6309-7290 diver possibly?) and replace it with a vintage 7546 quartz movement. Everything, hands, dial, day and date wheels, stem and crown will swap straight over, but first find your watch, then a donor 7546 dress watch as a donor........good luck....
  19. Oh ye of little faith, original dial carefully cleaned with cotton buds, initially using saliva to disolve the main stain, then VERY carefully with mild soap and warm water to bring the less virulent discoloration off......I missed my vocation in life as an art restorer. Soap and water treatment on the case finished with a coating of car polish......
  20. My interest in these started a few weeks ago when I won this Ferranti Art Deco style electric clock on eBay...... https://imgur.com/4Wh0OlR https://imgur.com/ojHknNv https://imgur.com/Npw4rYq I wasn't sure if I could restore it and get it going but for the princley sum of £14 I thought that it was worth a try.... Any way an hour or two of work saw this, all restored, re-wired and up and running:- https://imgur.com/SU3ga2R This started the fall into the abyss........ The next acquisition was this Ferranti bedside alarm clock....... https://imgur.com
  21. This book has a wealth of information..... A sample page, from it's 118, below....
  22. Yes, both 3 1/2" dials, most of the early Ferranti electric clocks up to about 1936 had the same dial size.....
  23. I think I have got that covered as I have this one, with the same movement, and almost identical dial, incoming...
  24. I think that I'm going to have a similar dilemma with this pewter cased electric clock when it arrives..... I found a picture of a similar pewter cased Ferranti clock and like the appearance, but how to achive the same look on my one?
  25. While we are on the subject of syncronous clocks.........Got this Ferranti Model No2 (1934 to 1936) Bakelite clock coming.......And also this Model No 12 Talbot Pewter cased one (1934 to 1936) coming as well......I suspect the perfect dial on the No 2 clock will find it's way onto the pewter one......
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