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History of Mechanism and Machine Science

British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980

The Rise and Fall of a Technology

Authors: Pook, Les

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  • First general book on synchronous clocks
  • Profusely illustrated with photographs taken by the author
  • Based on 30 years experience of collecting and servicing synchronous clocks
  • The author is an established authority on synchronous clocks, whose website has about 1000 page views per month, mostly to synchronous clock pages
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About this book

This book complements available one-make books on domestic synchronous clocks. It is also a history of science book that sets British domestic synchronous clocks, their manufacturers and technology in their social context.

Part I covers the historical background, British domestic synchronous clock manufacturers and brands, how synchronous clocks work, domestic synchronous clock cases, practical advice on the servicing of domestic synchronous clocks and analysis of the marketing and reliability of British domestic synchronous clocks. This analysis provides an explanation of the rise and eventual fall of their technology. Part II contains galleries of a selection of British domestic synchronous clocks and of the movements with which they are fitted. There is a front and back view of each clock, together with a brief description. Views of each movement include views with the movement partly dismantled, together with a brief technical description of the movement.

This profusely illustrated book is primarily for fellow enthusiasts and is based on an extensive archive of information on domestic synchronous clocks, their movements and their manufacturers. Current electrical regulations mean that professional clockmakers are reluctant to repair synchronous clocks. In fact, provided that they have not been mistreated, synchronous clocks are usually reliable, and quite easy to maintain. 

Reviews

“A very useful book that chronicles and illustrates this particular field of horology. … the book mentions the motors that are used in domestic timers (indeed, a synchronous motor powers the turntable in every microwave oven!). … the main value of the book is in the ‘galleries’ of photographs of the huge variety of clocks … . The many illustrations will be helpful to enthusiasts who can still buy these clocks quite cheaply to build up collections.” (Doug Bateman, Antiquarian Horology, June, 2015)

“This book is a unique and very useful addition to the working library of any clock collector or clock restorer interested in, or working on, British made, electrically driven mechanical clocks made between 1930 and 1980. There simply is no other publication, in or out of print, that covers the subject in the same depth and detail. … Any serious electrical horologist, professional or enthusiast alike, needs this book in their library.” (Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, The Horological Journal, May, 2015)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook 78,10 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-14388-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 124,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-14387-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Softcover 97,18 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-35915-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980
Book Subtitle
The Rise and Fall of a Technology
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-14388-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-14388-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-14387-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35915-1
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 248
Number of Illustrations
64 b/w illustrations, 166 illustrations in colour
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