R.A.F. Station Sector Clock, Type 2
Type 2, Smiths Coventry Astral, 1942 dated Air Ministry stamped 8-day, lever escapement movement. 14\" dial with approximately 18\" diameter pale mahogany surround. The dial is generally quite good and completely unrestored and original. There is minor paint loss around the edges near the screw holes and also around the winding hole, advance/retard lever and paint loss/surface corrosion near the numbers \'10/22\' in particular. There is also fairly minor surface rust spotting over the dial but we do not feel this detracts. The clock retains an original unpainted spun brass bezel and has the glass retainer ring in place on the inside (these often seem to fall out) and this one has had some type of plaster material added to help secure the glass in place. We have had several other clocks with the same treatment which suggests this may have been an \'official\' modification/repair? The wooden surround is in very good condition and all the joints are tight and strong. The back is stamped \'Smith 1942\' and also with the \'GVI\' cypher. The movement itself has just come back from service with our professional \'clock-man\' and is in good working condition and clearly stamped on the rear plate with \'A.M.\', King\'s Crown and 1942 date. Being a non-fusee movement, this clock has the advantage of being less temperamental than pendulum driven Type 1s and will run without being hung exactly straight on the wall. The dials on Type 2 clocks are normally \'tinned\' which gives some protection from corrosion and explains why most are in better condition than their predecessors. We prefer to have clocks with totally original dials even if this means some rust and paint loss. However, if you were so inclined this could be \'restored\' by an expert in the field. A rare opportunity to own one of the classic clocks as used in the WW2 Operations Rooms of RAF stations. Please note that more photos of the clock are listed as the next item. There is only one clock available! Stock code C11728.