Master Clock System and Skeleton Dial

November 22, 2018 Heritage, News

Victoria college, St Helier, is the island of Jersey’s oldest state school, dating back to 1853. A prominent feature of the campus is a black and white skeleton clock dial. However, this school boasts more than one clock dial as there are a number of other clocks across the site which are operated by a master clock and slave system.

The first task for Smith of Derby was to convert the exterior skeleton dial to a T200 movement, along with fabricating new hands which would fit this movement. This will ensure that the eye-catching dial will keep extremely good time accuracy and have back up power for up to 24hours, should there be a power loss on the site.

Following this the team started work on dismantling the original master clock system to carry out a full service and complete necessary repairs to ensure that the time piece was once again back up and running ahead of the new academic year.



The master master clock system at Victoria College.


Our work was greatly appreciated by the college, who were very pleased with the end result. “We are delighted with the work on our clock over the summer holidays and to hear the lovely pendulum movement resonate once again in our building.” Following this our team set to work on other clocks on the island before heading back to mainland UK and their South West bases for a well-deserved weekend of rest and relaxation!




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