One-Year German Regulator Clock
One-Year German Regulator Clock
One-Year German Regulator Clock
One-Year German Regulator Clock
One-Year German Regulator Clock

One-Year German Regulator Clock

19th century Germany

Offered by M. S. Rau Antiques


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An exceptional mechanism and outstanding construction make this 19th-century German regulator clock an absolute wonder of horological artistry. The timepiece possesses the uncanny ability to run on a single wind for an entire year–an amazing feat of mechanical engineering in and of itself that makes this one of the most incredible regulators ever made.

While regulator clocks are known for their incredible accuracy, this specific timepiece is beyond reproach in its mechanical proficiency. Created by C. Wendenburg of Schoenebeck, Germany, the clock features a brass-plated movement with a deadbeat, or “Graham” escapement, the most accurate escapement that is still used to this day, since its construction eliminates the recoil, and therefore inaccuracy, of the more common anchor escapement.

This mechanism was created in such a way that the case completely conceals the weight system that drives the clock. Since a regulator’s purpose was to provide accurate time by which other clocks could be calibrated, attention to the aesthetics of the timepiece was not of great importance. However, this clock was clearly created for a client who valued both beauty and function.

The case itself is simply incredible in both material and construction. While the vast majority of regulators were veneered in mahogany, this clock is enveloped in exquisite walnut distinguished by its rich patina and dynamic graining. Framing the dial is an arch supported by columns that flank the face and run down the length of the timepiece. Adding an air of refinement to the design are the gold-lacquered capitals and bases of each column. The sleek, white enamel dial tells time with blued steel hands and Roman numerals. A subsidiary second’s dial is placed at the 6 o’clock position, while the winding rod resides at the 12 o’clock position.

Once primarily found in prominent public and government buildings, regulator clocks have been the most accurate of the weight-driven clocks since their inception in the mid-18th century. Because of the expense to create them and their primary duty of being the keepers of time by which other clocks would be calibrated, relatively few regulator clocks were ever made, as evidenced by the small number of antique specimens that exist today. This fact, in conjunction with its incredible mechanism and overall workmanship, makes this German regulator one the greatest ever made.
Height 65.00 inch (165.10 cm)
Width 13.62 inch (34.59 cm)
Stock Code
Walnut case
Signed "C. Wendenburg in Schoenebeck"
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