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Marine chronometers were invented to calculate longitude at seas and Thomas Mercer has been unquestionably the leading name in the history of precision instruments for navigation. Table regulators were specifically built for rating marine chronometers and the Brittanica 1885 is the tribute par excellence to the legendary Table Regulator: originally built for the International Inventions Exhibition of 1885, it then brought precision to many timekeepers in the Thomas Mercer workshops.
The elegant lines of the Britannica 1885 are inspired by the illustrious Table Regulator which was created for the Great Inventions Exhibition of 1885 at London’s Albert Hall, and was for many subsequent years Thomas Mercer’s own workshop regulator. Straight grained and gold plated, the distinctive case features an aperture on the top to display the spring detent escapement and skeletonized dial, through which one can view the intricacies of the mechanism.
The Brittanica is made of fully straight grained stainless steel and Macassar Ebony..
The metal is hand-polished with 4N gold plating. The main timber is sheen lacquer, full grain finish and burnished..
The mechanism features a fusee-and-chain transmission system that acts in a similar way to a gearbox, constantly changing gears to provide a consistent level of torque and stabilising the movement’s frequency. Ticking at the rate of 14,400 vibrations per hour, the escapement is visible above the dial and works in close conjunction with a balance wheel of ovalising type that is unique to Thomas Mercer. The mechanism is located above the dial and visible through a set of extra-white crystals.LEARN MORE
Spring Detent with fusee-and-chain drive.
Hour, Minute, Second, Power Reserve, Start/Stop device
Height 183 mm
Width 150 mm
Depth 90 mm
The calibre TM0802 features a fusee-and-chain transmission system that acts in a similar way to a gearbox, constantly changing gears to provide a consistent level of torque and stabilising the movement’s frequency. Ticking at the rate of 14,400 vibrations per hour, the escapement works in close conjunction with a balance of ovalising type that is unique to Thomas Mercer.
|Metal Finish||Hand polished, gold plated|
|Timber Finish||A/C lacquer 90% sheen, full grain finish, burnished|
|Dimensions||Height 333 mm
Width 240 mm
Depth 152 mm
|Settings||Hour ring in Macassar Ebony and Roman applique numerals|
|Hands||Stainless steel, hand made|
|Power Reserve||8 days|
|Oscillator||Ovalising balance with cylindrical weights|
|Drive||Mechanical spring with Fusee and Steel chain system|
|Functions||Hour, minute, second, start/stop lever|
|Indications||Power reserve indicator at 6, offset seconds with visible escapement at 12|
|Finish||Gold plated with blued steel screws.|
|Depth: 90 mm|
International Invention Exhibition, London 1885.
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