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Balance wheel vs pendulum

Swanicyouth

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I have not ran across anywhere that compares the specific advantages / disadvantages of these 2 release mechanisms. It would seem to me, balance wheels have the advantage, as they they will run in various positions. Yet, clocks were still made with pendulums far after balance wheels where incorporated into some mantle size clocks.

I’m sure there is a lot I’m missing, anyone know the disadvantage of a balance wheel set up vs pendulum?
 

Isaac

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Biggest disadvantage for the balance wheel escapement is that it's a lot harder to repair than a simple pendulum escapement.
 
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Kevin W.

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Pivots on balance wheels are more suceptible to damage when dropped, and more difficult for most to repair, i myself if i had a collectible clock would ask for help in repairing them.
 
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leeinv66

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This thread comparing Hermle pendulum/balance movements had some interesting posts on the subject: READ HERE
 
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