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De Bruce Anniversary Clock

UncleDoc

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Picked this up on the way home from work via Craigslist. Got it for $10, with the understanding that it wasn't working. Small chip in the dome that will hide nicely when rotated to the back. First thing I noticed when I got it home was the suspension spring looked odd. Not straight, but almost braided. Hoping someone can look it up so I can get the proper Horolovar spring. God Bless Chris. Interacted with him exactly once.

Not much out there doing a search for De Bruce. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

Duane

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Jeremy Woodoff

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The spring looks like it's twisted, not braided. Maybe it will untwist, if it hasn't become set.
 

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Oh, it's twisted alright. Seems weird that it's so uniformly twisted. I'll need a replacement. I've got one Anniversary clock under my belt prominently running in the living room, so I'm looking forward to this one.
 

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I've run into this on more than one 400-day clock. Apparently someone thinks that "winding the spring" entails giving the pendulum a swing until the suspension spring looks like a corkscrew. Don't waste your time trying to salvage it. Start by replacing the suspension spring and getting it in beat; everything else will become apparent then. It looks like a nice clock in good overall condition. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
 

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It's basically a Kundo. From memory, it should take a 0.0032" spring. Other places to try for suspension springs are TimeSavers, Ronnell, Mile High...confirm that they are Horolovar springs in the usual packaging.

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Looks like plate 1040D, from the portion of the picture. If that is true, it takes a .0023, being a miniature clock.
However, looking at the second picture, it is 1040C, a full size, and takes a .0032
 

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Really looks allot like a kundo 1379, a miniature. I've used a .0023 and .0024 in these.

Don't think I've seen a Kundo full size of this era that does not have the hole cut in the capital plate just under the center capital. So at a glance it looks to be a miniature.
 

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Oooops, I must have dyslexia!! Should have been 0.0023"! :chuckling: Didn't see that is was not a full-size clock.

Kurt
 

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Under magnification I could verify that the spring was distorted due to "winding" by the owner. I removed it and twisted it in the opposite direction mainly to get an more accurate measurement of the hole to hole length for the new, inbound spring.