Post by Chris
The IBM master clocks were a work of art. Internal mechanism had 3-4 mm
brass plates for the main frame and parts were gold plated to resist
corrosion. Don't know when the name changed, but the uk side of
the business was originally called International Time Recorders, with
dials of that name. At some stage, they were bought out by IBM and
the dial logo changed to IBM, possible late 30's, mid 40's. I wanted an
IBM model as a nod to history, IBM made clocks as well, right ?. Mine
needs another strip down, as the escapement wheel is not even, though
it does regulate well. Dare not buy any more clocks, as even one can
become something of an obsession in rating terms :-).
The IBM corporation was formed by a merger between
Hollerith punched cards, a time clock company,
and a grocery scale company. They were Computing,
Tabulating, and Recording. They hired TJ Watson
to bring it together and get it moving.
Watson sold off the scale division early on.
Watson Jr said the time division became
unprofitable and sold that off in the
late 1950s. In his memoir, he blamed
the managers for poor sales, though it wasn't
Watson Jr said the timeclock business
was falling since industry didn't use
time clocks as much as they used to.
I don't know if that's true, but I certainly
have seen tons of time clocks in many
places. IBM also made school clocks
and as far as I know, that's still in
Maybe the clock division didn't fit in
with IBM's computer division, perhaps
the profit margins weren't there.