Finally acquired an Atmos!

Derek Smith

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From the first time I ever saw an Atmos clock, while spending a year in Switzerland, in July, 1975, I've always wanted one. I would stand at the side display window at the watch shop across the street from our house and just stare, mesmerized by these marvelous devices.

Well, while wondering through the Mart at this year's NAWCC national convention, in York, PA, I put on my blinders and went searching for my dream. I found several and ended up going back and forth trying to decide which was the better purchase and actually had working bellows.

I ended up settling on a 528-8 from seller Patrick Fay out of Bayonne, NJ at Table C 303. While we talked about our passions and of course clocks, repairing techniques, etc, we dickered the price which I'll just keep to myself for now.

Anyway, I got my prize home today and leveled it on the shelf in my shop. Unlocked the disc and let it settle for about 30 minutes. Seems to run well so I set the time. A few hours later, the time was still on the money. I also have a digital thermometer on the self and placed it next to the clock. The thermometer keeps low and high temp and I was pleased to see the range was about 68F - 73F. I made careful note of the exact position of the chain and was thrilled to see it had moved just a slight amount over about 4 or 5 hours. I hoping it wasn't my imagination!

Anyway, I'm hoping someone can confirm the date of manufacture. It's a Caliber 528-8 S/N: 446294

Also, it appears to be missing whatever is normally inserted into the bottom of the feet to avoid scratching the table, shelf, etc. Any help with identifying replacements is appreciated!

Derek

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Congrats! Looks like the date is pretty much July 1975. As for the feet, what about finding a few of those big pencils with an eraser on the end. Cutoff the eraser and fit it in the hole. Make them relatively even so the leveling adjuster can still bring the whole base back into level.

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Derek Smith

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Looks like the date is pretty much July 1975.
Kurt,

Wait.... did you find a specific serial number / date reference, or just saying it was likely made around the time I was in Switzerland? That would be totally awesome if it was really made while I was there. Then I could imagine to myself that I might even be in possession of one of the very pieces I was mesmerized over.

That would be just cool. I wonder if there's a way to find the original retailer.

Derek

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Derek -

Yes, that's a date taken from one of the websites where build dates and serial numbers are listed. I've not seen any links back to retailers. I suspect you would need to be inside the Atmos books to figure that out.

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What are the odds! Now I'm even happier with this find, as if that's possible. Just gained special meaning!

Thanks Kurt!

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Derek, my Atmos database confirms your clock was made about September-October 1975. It should have a bellows date about 1 or 2 months earlier.
 

Derek Smith

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John,

I have no desire to open it up (that sounds very unlike me!) and look at the bellows as long as it's functioning properly. But thanks for the extra confirmation. This clock now extra special meaning for me.

Derek
 
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