Visiting London

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  1. Jerry Treiman

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    I am on a short visit to London and have been having a horologists' holiday. Between visits to Greenwich (Observatory and Maritime Museum), Victoria and Albert Museum, and Science Museum I have had a chance to see Harrison's H1 through H5 as well as K1-K3 and the collection and exhibit from the Clockmakers' Company. I also enjoyed a pleasant visit with Johnny Wachsmann at Pieces of Time.

    I tried to visit the AHS office but learned they are elsewhere in temporary digs during some remodeling. I also tried to visit the Clockmakers' Company on Friday but found their offices dark, in spite of the hours posted on their website.

    Will be looking for goodies at Portobello Road on Saturday.
     
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    Sounds like a great trip Jerry.


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  3. Jerry Treiman

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    Met a watch dealer/collector today at Portobello Road who showed me many fine watches, including a Bonniksen karussel watch (lever escapement). He also claims to have a Waltham crystal plate that had been presented to someone at Waltham's London Depot.
     
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    I believe that the AHS have only just moved to their new London premises, and maybe they weren't quite ready!

    And I thought that the Clockmakers' Company had moved their collection to the Science Museum in Kensington :???:

    If you're still in London, Jerry, maybe you could still visit there, and I would certainly recommend also a visit to the V&A Museum in Kensington - they have watch cases to die for!
     
  5. Jerry Treiman

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    Thanks Marty. Yes, I did see the Clockmakers Company collection at the Science Museum (that is where I saw H5), and I certainly drooled (outside the glass) over the watches at the V&A.
     
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    You may have met the fellow who sold me my 20 size Waltham back in 1981. That sounds like his material. I bought a nice Waltham 5 minute repeater from him at the same time. Those two were my first two "serious" watch purchases. I had been to Portobello in 1968 while taking a summer course at Cambridge but that was when I was still collecting art glass (and had no money in any case).
     
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    If you are into electric horology and you have time, I can recommend a visit to Clockworks. You will have to make an appointment first.

    MUSEUM | The Clockworks
     
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    I agree, it is a really remarkable display. I especially liked the copper conduit system that he used to run his wiring between instruments.
     

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