The Horological Journal

The Horological Journal

The Institute is proud of its Horological Journal, which is the oldest technical journal in the world and has been published without a break since September 1858.

A copy of HJ is sent to every member each month, and contains a wealth of news and information of interest to horology enthusiasts.

We try to maintain a good balance of articles in each issue, covering clocks, watches, turret clocks and electric timepieces in articles that may be theoretical, practical or both.

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Hello and welcome to the August 2015 edition of The Horological Journal.

I suppose that this HJ should be called The Regulator Edition! The Martin Burgess World Time banking clock surely constitutes a regulator, in spite of its striking size and appearance; read the conclusion of Douglas Bateman’s inspiring account of this twentieth century horological icon on page 348.

John Reynolds’ constructional series has reached its eighth episode. We would be very interested to hear from readers who have begun or are planning to begin work on the project. The crystal-clear written instructions and superb technical drawings make the project eminently appealing to horological newcomers as well as the more experienced. After a six-month exclusive lead in HJ, the series will be published in Engineering in Miniature, having started there in July. It would be interesting to see how much more aesthetically-pleasing the Clockies’ versions of the Reynolds Regulator will be than the Engineers’!

For even more adventure, why not try your hand at a Claude Reeves-style gravity regulator, but don’t forget to include all Malcolm Wild’s improvements—he describes them in a series of two articles starting this month. I can attest that it is a challenging but worthwhile project.

Rodger Peters concludes his description of the Woodward-inspired improvements he made to his mentor’s regulator, CHB1, and how they rewarded him with superb high–precision performance.

Brian Loomes is one of the authors this month to give us a diversion from regulators, with a paper that concludes that some of the clocks by the London clockmaker Davis Mell were likely made by another, much more famous seventeenth-century maker.

The British Watch & Clock Makers’ Guild have a lively project underway in trying to galvanise all UK horologists to unitedly tackle the problem of the imminent cessation of ETA spare parts. This is something that the BHI has been chipping away at, perhaps too quietly (see Harold Greenberg’s letter). Read the BWCMG’s summary of how they would like you, the UK horologist, to participate, on page 344.

You will be pleased to learn that the BHI has appointed a new editor to The Horological Journal. Gillian Eve Makepeace has a background in education, with much practical experience in this area along with experience as a publisher and editor of educational materials.

This is not the place for me to re-publish her c.v. — I am sure that you will enjoy getting acquainted with her yourselves over the coming years. Mrs Makepeace will officially start on 7 September, and so I am afraid that you will have to endure me for a little while longer!

In that vein, I have to thank all the contributors to this edition of HJ, including those who agreed to have their material held over at the last minute to accommodate the shifting sands of editing.

Justin Koullapis


About HJ

The 'Letters' pages provide a great opportunity for discussion and debate, whilst 'Branch Reports' provide updates of local activities, and regular 'Bench Views' illustrate life from the bench of a clockmaker and a watchmaker.

Click here for our latest Article of the Month - a taste of what you can expect to see every month in HJ! Plus by special request the October Double Pendulum Clock article, and The First Correct Drawing of the Grasshopper Escapement Ever Published and CSM by Peter Hastings. Download the spreadsheet of Peter Hasting's graphical method.

You can also download a full sample copy of HJ from a few months ago.