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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Last question. Is there a specific clock movement type that has less wasted open space. I realize the smaller the components the weaker they are. For example a smaller mainspring is likely weaker. However clock movements seem to have a lot of wasted space. I want to fit the movement in as...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Ok, I get it now. Didn't realize day of the week clocks advance it at noon as well but have it written twice. I guess thats one solution.
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Ok I think I understand this now at least mostly. I still don't fully grasp how at noon it doesn't advance 1/2 way but I think its because the saw teeth have enough space that only every other pulse is enough to advance the saw tooth forward one click (some howbecause of the spring holding it...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    I understand most of this but what is the purpose of Mon AM Mon PM? I understand there are 2 twelve hour increments in a day. You'd some how need to make the snail turn every 24 hours rather then every 12 pollisbly though having it on a separate arbor geared down 1:2. Otherwise you'd get...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Thats an interesting idea regarding the mainspring box... I want to make sure I understand what you mean by a second mainspring superimposed on the other. If they are superimposed they would be centered on the same axis so would be in parrallel which would allow them to supply double the torque...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Ok thanks, I understand what you mean by balanced, thank you fo. In regards to using low friction bearings. I am looking into small precision ceramic ball bearings. I understand clocks use jewels and also metals holes with pivots inside. Is there a benefit other then cost to using metal on...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    By balance everything so the power use before the balance remains constant you mean that if I add a complication that adds 10 units of torque I should make sure the increased mainspring adds only 10 units of torque and not more because if I add more that will then cause the balance wheel to slam...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    This is a small movement for a desk clock. Its about 3-4 inches across for the entire visible portion. Its designed to move 2 thin rock crystal dials that are about 5 inches across for the minute and hour hands. It has two shafts not shown that transmit the power up to each crystal dial...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Can you guys tell me anything about this movement? Is that second key slot to make winding of the mainspring easier? If so why is there a key slot in the center of the mainspring as well? Additionally, why is the mainspring inside of a square box, isn't it usually in a round barrel? Is this a...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Is overpowering the escapement only an issue if you don't have complications to apply torque? Or does overpowering the escapement happen irregardless of the torque of the downstream movement. I would think the escapement would be independent of the torque for the most part so overpowering...
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    Tool to measure how powerful a movement is (torque)?

    Thanks, what a simple solution.
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    Tool to measure how powerful a movement is (torque)?

    Is there a tool clockmakers use to measure the torque of a movement? For example, say I wanted to add a complication to a movement could I measure how much torque that isolated complication requires? In the same line of thought, is there a tool that could measure how much torque a clock...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Thank you for the additional information. Is it only the main wheel that risks being damaged from the increased torque if one were to increase the strength of the mainspring. I realize this is a generalization to answer this question but I gather the reasoning is because as the power goes down...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Thanks Zedric, I meant are complications such as dates more common on pendulum clocks then balance wheel clocks because of some limitation of balance wheel clocks? Its my understanding the clock you posted has to the calendar manually advanced each day by the owner rather than being driven by...
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    adding a complication to a time only clock?

    Why couldn't you just increase the power of the mainspring to prevent stalling of the movement?

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