This Synchromatic Time Recorder (mid 1800’s) is my favorite time recorder. I have a background in engineering along with some machine shop experience. I appreciate well engineered mechanisms. All my favorite clocks are large, well engineered clocks. As such, time recorders are probably my favorite type of clock.
I love the huge movements installed in these machines and the time recording mechanisms are always intriguing. I have yet to find one that disappoints. The downside is that they are not always the most attractive clocks to have on display in the home.
This one is an older model. Older model cases tended to be a little more decorative than the examples made in the 1900’s. Some of the later models were still in use up to the 1970’s. However, many had been converted to electric power and subsequently the original movements have been replaced with electric versions.
If you look closely at the photo, you can see where the wood is worn away just above where the time cards were inserted. This clock obviously saw many comings and goings over its years in service.