Category Archives: Time Recorders (Punch Clocks)

Simplex Time Recorder. ca. 1900. American Punch Clock.

This is a very nice example of an early Simplex Time Recorder (Punch Clock).

I am in the process of a restoration on this clock. The job will not involve much work to the cabinet. As the case is in reasonable condition, refinishing will not be required. The movement and time recording mechanism will take most of my attention.

As you can see by the photos, the face is in bad condition. This is one part of clock work that has to be done by a specialist, in this case the dial has been sent to The Dial House  in Georgia.

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Top Half Gledhill Brook Time Recorder. 1920’s.

This is the Top Half Gledhill Brook Time Recorder is the first time recorder I ever purchased.

Top Half Gledhill Brook

I knew nothing about time recorders, so I thought I was buying a wall clock. At some point in time, someone has cut the base off which contained the time recording mechanism.

1/2 Gledhill Brook labelI have an original (intact) example of one of these clocks in my collection. They are fitted with a very high quality, massive ‘Fusee’ movement. Gledhill Brook unquestionably fitted their clocks with the best movements of any time recorder manufacturer in the world.

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International Time Recorder. Early 1900’s.

I acquired this clock knowing that it wasn’t original or complete.

International Time Recorder

International Time Recorder

I occasionally like to have projects like this if the clock has potential. In this case, the face had been replaced with a paper lay-over. I don’t think this clock would have had the ‘Regulator’ logo on the glass. However, I decided to leave it because it looks all right and I’m not too concerned about bringing this one back to its original state.

International Time Recorder advertisement

International Time Recorder advertisement

There is part of the time recorder mechanism missing and the bevel gear is also missing from the movement which would have rotated the connecting rod (also missing) that should connect to the time recorder. I will probably not go much further with this restoration and enjoy the clock as a time piece only.

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Leeds Time Recorder. 1940-50.

We refer to this as the Leeds time recorder. It’s a lovely vintage Time Recorder, all original by Time Recorders (Leeds) Ltd. It probably dates from the 1940s.

Leeds Time Recorder

Leeds Ltd. Time Recorder

This one must have been made toward the end of the era for mechanical, spring-driven punch clocks. This machine came to me in very good overall condition and required only a good cleaning.

I did dismantle the movement for cleaning and some of the Time Recording mechanism.

leedsmovementAs you can see, this machine requires the employee to sign a signature pad that has a role of paper that advances after the lever on the side is pulled. The recorder will print the time under the employee’s signature.

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Gledhill Brook Fusee Time Recorder. 1940s.

Gledhill Brooks Time Recorder. 1930.

Gledhill Brooks Time Recorder. 1930.

This was a complete case and movement restoration. It is a Gledhill Brook Time Recorder clock with Empire fusée movement . (Simplex, Ltd., bought out Gledhill Brook in 1964). It’s made in England. I have completed everything except the face

newgledhill2 which will have to be sent for restoration by a professional. Gledhill Brooks are widely regarded as the finest Time Recorders built and the only Company to fit their machines with ‘Fusee’ clock movements.

They were all of eight day duration and very good time keepers. The recorder mechanism in this one is in perfect working condition. I recall having to fabricate one of the control rods that connect the clock movement to the time recorder unit.

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