Just 17 years ago nice lady came into the studio. She wore something thoroughly wrapped. It turned out that the package has a bronze carriage clock. Four columns, beautiful pediment and base lined with fine bordyurche. Crowned with soft handle, curved like a swan neck. Gilding was sublimated long ago, but without it is anticipated precision craftsmanship. Behind faceted glass was visible enamel dial with Roman numerals and arrows in excellent condition. No inscriptions and brand manufacturers. Simple scale divided into 12 divisions, and an arrow pointing suggested that there device. In a small window on the gable visible rectangular plate and on her balance, anchor and anchor wheel – typical for carriage mechanisms. The backdoor – also of faceted glass and brass frame, revealing the back. Etched French gave instructions on what they corresponding buttons and keys. Spiral gong would serve as a sound, but lacked hammers. And in the most superficial glance. There were many defects. Three springs suggested that the clock is wound to drive the course, beating and alarm. A tiny opening the gable suggests that something it is full, but is now missing. I do not hesitate and disassembled the entire box to pull out the mechanism of the clock. Gently I turned round key winding and froze. Anchor wheel spun freely by gently touching pallets of anchor – proof that this unit was completely destroyed. Only then I realized – this is the English way. It does not apply in watchmaking from 1850-60 onwards because of the serious drawback – very thin and weak teeth to anchor wheel and anchor whose pallets can not be shifted (aligned). It was clear that I expect a difficult fight to date and what my colleagues before me have created. And without a magnifying glass to see that put a lot of effort. I realized something more surprising. At that tiny opening the pediment was key. This is the button a second rehearse device. If you press it, even if the clock is in the box for transportation gong to hit as many times as hours and half have passed. Hence their name – the coach, that watches for travel. Rattling carriage on cobblestone road and if you want to find out if it’s time to rest, pressing on the tab and gong shows that past two and a half, it is time for lunch. Some time ago I restored one cylinder system but much younger than in 1880. Based on a preliminary review agreed with the owner and sent her with a smile.
Criminal to work. Work began a few days. I developed springs and took my face. Below it are all the details of rehearsing device. Entrust’s very complicated, and few dare to dismantle it. I found a few were missing paddles, others only distorted. Before I deal with them, however, I disassembled the whole mechanism. One of the wheels, the second after beating drum, both top (the axes of which camped on anylistintheus) were broken. Drilled with burgiyka 0.9 mm and bruises new highs. Routine work that I’ve done hundreds of times even much thinner axles. Polished all tops worn tightened several camps ordered bikes and checked the transmission – no problems. I took springs from drums to you and obezmaslih chemicals. Wash with water, then extract gas well and dried the con them back seats. Lubrication oil springs (quite expensive) and closed drums. I developed a new picks gong. I fit and stepped to the assembly. For experienced specialist is not difficult and I always wondered how a person a lifetime to a watchmaker and does not dare to dismantle clock to beat. And the sites of these professionals are full of lies, rather, with their dreams and foreign photographs. Then deviation will say that I arranged all the wheels and levers shut them between Basque (the Armenian word for plates), after cleaning with chemicals and gas extraction and transmission checked – everything was good. Coming fighting running gear.
All teeth anchor wheel had rolled, and there were traces of unskilled work. I started carefully and naetapi to straighten, tooth for tooth. Gripe with tweezers and pull rolled in the direction of the radius. Wangle all 15 teeth and then again and again. Gradually wheel became a form much closer to the original. But would it work? Spiral seemed short and therefore not included in the fork of the regulator. But the assembled plate of the anchoring mechanism and mount it in place. Quite difficult to zasepi corona wheel that was implanted teeth. Slightly coiled springs and came quietly tick, however slightly uneven. However, the clock worked, but this change is deceptive – it was the anchor wheel change. And as spare parts will have to be made. I bet that such a thought has not even crossed the mind of Bulgarian watchmaker. Its diameter is 8.5 mm and 15 heavily slanted very thin tooth for English move. Extremely challenging. However, the mechanism surrender before my stubbornness (the word is stubborn) and after a week, now set dial keys, centered rehearsing with a new device butonche for him and mounted the box was presented to the owner. Honestly told about his work and defective anchor wheel that deceived me and the missus that I have done work that the clock is repaired. I offered to work out a new for a modest additional amount. The offer was not accepted and finished with the order. This, as I mentioned, it was 17 years ago.
Carriage clock back 17 years later. Not everyone can boast that it has the carriage clock from around 1840-50 year English course, butilnik and a half rehearsing. How can you forget this rare specimen. A few months ago I received orders to go back to living a Viennese regulator. The wooden box was just restored. We discussed the options and chose the option full restoration. The clock has adopted the kind that had when it left the factory in Germany (or Austro-Hungary) before 120-130 years. I was pleased and delighted client. Next meeting asked me if we looked and another order. Before me stood, and he carriage clock. Knowing both his defect, we decided to deal with them. I wonder, however, the rear door did not open. How long had worked worn Is elsewhere for repairs, there were no traces. Photographing stages. The workmanship was not easy, but the new anchor wheel matched perfectly. Selected suitable spiral mounted her cleaned basic mechanism, and while fun, the clock finally work perfectly. You guessed that the client turned out to be the husband of the lady, which I contacted all those years ago.