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    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

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1947 Atmos II

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I was told that this is an Atmos II with serial no. Shown on the front (see where ball point pen is pointing on first photo) serial 11726 is a 1947 year manufacture. No serial number on top like most. It is in running condition.
 

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I was told that this is an Atmos II with serial no. Shown on the front (see where ball point pen is pointing on first photo) serial 11726 is a 1947 year manufacture. No serial number on top like most. It is in running condition.
Doug, thanks for posting your Atmos II clock, looks to be in excellent condition. Regarding the age, I'm curious where you got the 1947 date? Factory records and my personal database for Atmos clocks show the movement was made about August-September 1945 based on the serial number, and the clock likely finished shortly after that.

Based on this date, your clock would originally have had a soldered bellows instead of the modern folded bellows that was first introduced in first half 1947. Actually, many of these clocks were "recalled" by Jaeger-LeCoultre for replacement of the bellows starting in second half 1947 and continuing to at least mid-1949.

Do you know if it still has the original bellows, or has that been replaced? If the bellows is the folded type and has a marked date in 1947 or later, then the original was replaced most likely around the time of the date on the bellows but nonetheless the clock was manufactured in third quarter 1945.
 

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Welcome to the message board! Not sure exactly what you are looking for, but it is generally called the Atmos II with the large pedestal. I don't think they began giving them caliber numbers this early. Nice there's an engraving to help provide a firm date!

Kurt
 

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Kurt -

Thank you for that information. Another question: I see in ads that some of these clocks are described as "gold-plated". Is there a way of determining if that is the case? I must say it shined up beautifully. OTOH, the etching appears to be into metal (which I assumed was brass) as opposed to going though some plating.

Thanks,
Meg
 

KurtinSA

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Meg -

I wouldn't think there's a way to tell if they are plated until the plating begins to peel. I don't have a discerning eye to tell the difference. Maybe someone has some ideas. Possibly looking at the underside or hidden parts of the clock would be telling.

Kurt
 

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Beautiful clock. I believe all gold plated excluding rhodium, copper, or nickel. I also understand they are all lacquered. The lacquer will compromise and that is evident on a lot of the older clocks. I never touch mine without gloves for this reason.
My earliest is serial number 8971. I find Johns comment very interesting.

Rich
 

Rob_GER

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Based on this date, your clock would originally have had a soldered bellows instead of the modern folded bellows that was first introduced in first half 1947. Actually, many of these clocks were "recalled" by Jaeger-LeCoultre for replacement of the bellows starting in second half 1947 and continuing to at least mid-1949
Interesting Infos John , would you know around which serial number they started fitting the modern folded bellows?
Thanks in advance for your answer!
Rob
 

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