What does "Eclipse" signify in the name on any American regulator

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  1. whcureton

    whcureton Registered User

    Oct 27, 2010
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    Someone asked me this question today and quite frankly, I didn't know the answer.

    There are regulators and "eclipse" regulators. Everyone seems to have made both ... E.N. Welch, Sessions, Ingraham, New Haven.

    What does the term "Eclipse" mean as opposed to just "Regulator":???::???:

    Thanks all

    - Bill in Northern California
  2. shutterbug

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    There was a similar question a few years ago. If memory serves, the eclipse movements have a calendar hand.
  3. Steven Thornberry

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    #3 Steven Thornberry, Mar 10, 2016
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    Yes, the models called Eclipse Regulator did seem always to have a calendar. They were special makes that the companies (Metropolitan American Manufacturing and American Wringer) provided to their good customers as premiums. The name seems to have derived from the name given to a wringer made by the Metropolitan Manufacturing Company, later taken over by American Wringer. This earlier thread provides a bit of information that might serve as a point of departure for your further research.

    Ah, and not to mention (which I almost did not), BTW, that the word/name Eclipse does carry some connotation relating to the passage of time, thus not totally unsuitable as a name for a clock.

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