A nice, clean Simplex Time Recorder.
Simplex Time Recorder. 1920’s.
The first time recorder I added to my collection. This is the smallest of my punch clocks. At 40 lbs., this is a lightweight, considering the fact that some of my other punch clocks weigh-in at almost 90 lbs. Mind you, I have never hung a time recorder on the wall!!
One reason we love time recorders so much is because of the daily personal relationships we like to imagine hundreds of employees having had with these machines once upon a time. A child can have a fond memory of laying on their grandparents’ living room floor listening to the rhythmic tick tock of a mantel clock and feeling peace. A wife can remember the long, slow gong of the grandfather clock in the hallway the moment she received news on the telephone of her husband’s passing.
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.
Synchromatic Time Recorder
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 is the Top Half Gledhill Brook Time Recorder is the first time recorder I ever purchased.
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.
I 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.
I acquired this clock knowing that it wasn’t original or complete.
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
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.
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 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.
As 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.
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
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.