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I saw this interesting clock on Facebook this morning. It’s a DIY clock using rollerballs to power an old 400-day clock. The post says all the mechanism is handmade.

I didn’t want to link a post here because the clock is for sale, but it’s worth checking out. See one of the photos for the user and Facebook group.

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I've never seen that arrangement on a torsion clock, but Pro Clocks does sell similar designed clocks with balance wheel escapements. A few years back, someone here converted a 400 day clock to weight driven. Interesting stuff! I wonder how often you have to add a ball on that one?
 

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I've never seen that arrangement on a torsion clock, but Pro Clocks does sell similar designed clocks with balance wheel escapements. A few years back, someone here converted a 400 day clock to weight driven. Interesting stuff! I wonder how often you have to add a ball on that one?
The owner said there 20 ball and it drops about about one a week.
 

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So it's a "20-week" or "140-day" clock? Do the balls have to be moved manually to the top?

Kurt
 

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It´s a post WWII Kundo combined with a kind of paddle- wheel weight powered mechanism , certainly the work of a talented clockmaker adding two gimmicks to create a unique eyecatching clock.Yes,You have to put the balls on the upper tray by hand. Devon Clocks in England once produced a clock like that.
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So it's a "20-week" or "140-day" clock? Do the balls have to be moved manually to the top?

Kurt
Yes, manually. There’s a video in the post showing the owner moving balls to the top of the clock.
 

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I can't get the video to work for me.
 

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I can't get the video to work for me.
Maybe it’s a setting in your Facebook setup? Do other Facebook videos play? Not that it’s much help, but they play fine for me on an iPhone running IOS 14.2.

Rt
 

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It doesn't take me to facebook. It just shows the image of the link. Anyone else having the problem?
 

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The file name is a .jpeg, not a link so its just a picture.
Sorry Shutterbug, I misunderstood your question. I didn’t include a link to the post, since the clock was offered for sale. I added the group and original poster’s name if anyone was interested in seeing the videos and discussion about the clock.

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That explains it then :) My internet has been acting up, so I thought it may have been that.
 
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