Northern Section

To be held at Trinity Methodist Church, Trinity Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3ED at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated

Friday 13 May 2022

CLUB NIGHT: Timekeeping Connected to Transport

Friday 10 June 2022

CLUB NIGHT: Watches and Clocks Associated with Liverpool

Friday 8 July 2022

CLUB NIGHT: Industrial Timekeeping

Friday 12 August 2022

LECTURE: 'James Ferguson and his Connection to the Tidal Clocks of Liverpool' by Darlah & Steve Thomas

Full Programme for 2022 (PDF download, updated 2 May)

Recent Meetings

Meeting reports for previous years: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017

World Horology excluding UK., USA., France, Germany and Switzerland (April 2022)

Clocks and watches made in the following countries were brought to the meeting for discussion: Austria, China, Czech Republic, Japan and Russia. A selection of those displayed is illustrated below.

April 22-1 Eagle clock.jpg
Three train double-headed Eagle Clock made in Vienna around 1810.
April 22-2 Tourbillon.jpg
An automatic Chinese tourbillon wristwatch signed by Shitongwang. Several other Chinese tourbillon watches shown at the meeting launched by the BHI, appeared to have been made by the same maker.
April 22-3 Vostock Almaz.jpg
The Vostock Almaz Space Station automatic wristwatch.
April 22-4 Gakken double foliot.jpg
Gakken double-foliot clock kit of an Edo period clock purchased as a souvenir by a member while on a visit to Japan. Its escapement is reminiscent of those on the European clocks carried by Dutch traders and seen in Japan prior to its isolation during the Edo period (1603-1868). The clock uses the Japanese system of unequal hours to display the time.
April 22-5 George Daniels.jpg
Although outside the geographical area of the meeting’s theme, a watch made by Omega in their 'de Ville' series which has great significance in the history of watchmaking was displayed. It was made by Omega and was the first watch in the world made with George Daniels’ co-axial escapement (1999). The image shows the rose gold version and its accompanying paperwork which was signed by George Daniels at the watch’s launch ceremony.

Bring and Discuss Letter ‘W’ (March 2022)

An abundance of items was displayed for discussion including a large number of watches for both pocket and wrist. They ranged from a 1730s silver pocket watch by William Wynn of London to items made recently. Waltham watches of both types were well represented along with a Waterbury long-wind pocket watch and an Incaflex wristwatch by Paul Wyler. We even learned of an intriguing link between watches and washing! This was a clever marketing campaign by Sunlight and Lifebuoy Soap whereby customers who collected sufficient soap wrappers could exchange them for a watch, a bicycle or other ‘prizes’.

March 22-1 William Wynn.jpg
1730s pocket watch by William Wynn who was registered ‘at the Baker’s, adjacent to St Bride’s Church, Bride Lane, Fleet Street.’ The watch is numbered 29 and was thought to have been the maker’s own watch.
March  22-2 Levers advert.jpg
An 1897 postcard describing prizes, including pocket watches, given in exchange for soap wrappers. Many watches were purchased from Waltham and later the Lancashire Watch Company for this purpose.
March 22-3 waiting train.jpg
A Gents of Leicester waiting train movement which drove four six foot dials. The current owner has it set up and running at home.
March 22-4 Wyler incaflex.jpg
A shockproof ‘Incaflex’ automatic wristwatch by Paul Wyler. In a marketing campaign some were dropped from aeroplanes and some from the top of the Eiffel Tower and were still working when retrieved!
March 22-5 wartime Omega.JPG
The final watch was a rare ‘wartime’ RAF issue Omega wristwatch dated 1943 with die cast case and stainless-steel back.

Skeleton clocks and watches (February 2022)

The topic attracted a large number of items for discussion; all but two were clocks. They represent four centuries, ie the eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. See some of the items below.

February 22-3 Older skeletons.jpg
Three items of different ages: 1. Small tri-gold skeleton pocket watch by Ignatz Ernst of Augsburg, made c. 1780. 2. Mid nineteenth century anonymous skeleton converted to grasshopper escapement. 3. Double drop pulley with skeletonised wheels, made in the style of Joseph Finney, made for Harrison’s sea clock replica. (Twenty-first century)
February 22-1 skeletons Victorian.jpg
Four nineteenth century examples 1.Aaron Dodd Crane 2. G. Jones, Holloway Road 3. M. Rhodes & Son, Bradford and 4. Clock made by Evans of Birmingham for Carter of Warrington
February 22-2 C20 examples.jpg
Four twentieth century examples. 1, Replica of the electric torsion skeleton clock made by Ever Ready in the 1900s – this one made by Frank Schmidt in 1995. 2. Asymmetrical skeleton clock thought to have been made by an enthusiast. 3. Anonymous example of unknown date, maker or retailer. 4. There were several of this type of skeleton clock, one with silver coloured frame, one by Classic Clocks of Clerkenwell made as a kit, this one signed Dent, London.

Video presentation (January 2022)
The meeting was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.