British Domestic Synchronous Clocks 1930-1980

The Rise and Fall of a Technology

  • Leslie Philip Pook

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  3. Main Text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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  4. Galleries

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      Pages 93-93
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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.


British clock manufacturers British clocks 1930-1980 Clock Technology Domestic Clocks History of Technology Synchronous Clocks

Authors and affiliations

  • Leslie Philip Pook
    • 1
  1. 1.SevenoaksUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-14387-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-14388-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-3426
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