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Another one GB 400 day clock, similiar to posted previously, just with small GB logo on the dial. SN 332 ( Junghans numbering).Hello, a very nice clock, rarely seen with Roman numerals, it was probably a version for the USA and, moreover, a small number of these clocks with this dial.
glad i found this post. I recently got a GB 400 day clock for parts originally them i couldn't find myself to take it apart so 8 fixed it and it runs great. Thing it's serial# is 525. Was told it was mid 30s. But from what I'm reading here it would be more like 1925 would that be correct.Bee, thanks very much for your inquiry and posting your GB clock. Eric is correct, GB changed their serial numbering system in May 1925, no longer posting sequential serial numbers for all their numbered clocks. Instead, they restarted numbering from "1" for at least five different types of movements. My data show your clock was made near the end of 1929. With regard to the change, we initially thought that was because GB was being taken over by Junghans at that time. It turns out the takeover didn't occur until May 1930 so that should not have had any influence on the change
Actually, GB first made this type of clock and movement design in 1902; the earliest serial number documented for that time is 1632604. At the time the numbering system was changed, the highest serial number recorded to date is 2508167; then dropping back to '1'. Your clock appears to be complete except for the suspension guard, exact replicas are available from the Horolovar Company or from eBay. The pendulum having a matching serial number to the movement shows this is the original pendulum. The Roman number dial was used on less than 10% of all the GB 400-Day clocks so it isn't all that common.
I am going to move your thread to be part of our thread "Post Your Gustav Becker 400-Day Clock Here" for continued discussion. We try to avoid having multiple makers discussed in the same thread.
Kurt,The "525" doesn't look like a serial number. I think it's just the last 3 digits of the full serial number. Often times, they stamp the other plate with the last 3 digits to keep things together.
As for the number 2119487, that appears to be the latter half of 1909.
Hi Kurt,I agree bit IMO the full serial number wouldn't be on the front plate or in that location from what I can see.
Hello,Gintaras thanks for posting. Very tardy reply, but your clock is one of those made in the first production run of the skeleton clocks in January 1910. About 600 clocks were made in this batch, the first 90 and the final 100 of this run being made for B. H. Abrahams of London and stamped with the BHA logo per Plate 1033. Your clock has plate 1189. As best I can tell the clock is completely original, only missing the suspension guard.
All of the clocks in this first batch were essentially identical, all with oval mahogany base with oval glass dome, stamped and embossed silver color metal dial with black numbers, and a standard GB disc pendulum. There are two in my data that have had the original pendulum replaced with a mis-matched serial number No. 17 chandelier style pendulum. This is very evidently due to Charles Terwilliger concluding that "all" the GB skeleton clocks would have the skeletonized No 17, when in fact less than half actually were originally fitted with that pendulum design.
Hi Gintaras, the pendulum does not look correct for the clock. This is my 1903 GB pendulum.
Hi Kurt,Meyer -
Welcome to the message board! Nice find...hopefully the dome is in good shape and is original. I would date the clock to late 1922 based upon tables presented on the forum in the past. As for leveling, about all you can do is to shim it. I use small strips of old credit cards at the appropriate spot to bring the base into level. The picture you show of the suspension spring doesn't look too bad...I think it would run as is.
The hands are a bit too modern.All.
I wanted to share pictures of my latest Becker. It has a presentation engraving dated 1907, but John Hubby tells me the clock was made in 1905. The serial number is 1845653. It’s missing the verge, but I have a donor clock for a replacement.
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this dial has the numbers and minute markings engraved : new waxing and resilvering would restore its original beauty , even done by a (talented) amateur !
Hello,I noticed that the mechanisms with numbers more than two million are installed in less elegant wooden cases.