Horological Exhibits at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley.
The task of collecting the various exhibits was largely carried out by the various Trade Associations, and the Watch and Clock Section, as detailed below, was bought together by the British Horological Institute, representing the Horological Industry of the Empire.
As was fitting in the most up to date Exhibition that the world had ever seen, the British Empire Exhibition was fitted almost entirely with Electric Clocks. These clocks were to be found in most of the Palaces and buildings in prominent positions. One of the firms responsible for the installation was Gent & Co. of Faraday Works, Leicester. They dealt with all manner of Electric Clocks, but are remembered as the Inventor and Proprietor of the “PUL-SYN-ETIC” System of Impulse Clocks as installed at the B.E.E.
Over 50 “PUL-SYN-ETIC” Impulse clocks were scattered across the Exhibition, in the entrances, Grounds, Cafes, Restaurants and in the Palace of Engineering, where close to the Watt Gate, the Transmitter operating the whole scattered system could be seen working. The transmitter in the Watt Gate was fixed upon the ebonised frame carrying Messrs. Pilkington’s exhibit of the largest piece of Plate Glass in the World.
Some of these Impulse Clocks were adapted to carry
advertising legends and were protected by registration and became known as the
“Winged Clocks of Wembley”. Winged clocks could be seen In the Palace of
Engineering, at the Watt Gate, the Arkwright Gate, the
Kelvin Gate, the
Gent & Co. also manufactured Turret Clocks driven by
their Patent “Waiting-Train” movement. In these clocks, wind and weather, sleet
or snow, did not affect the time-keeping, as the hands were driven by a slow
speed motor which “waits” at the end of each half minute until the time circuit
freed it to operate another half minute. Two Turret Dial Clocks were installed
The following is a list of all the exhibitors of the Clock and Watch Section at the B.E.E
A. ALEXANDER & SON Watches
C. A. V. SMALL TOOLS LTD The “Wade” Bench Lathes
G. COTTON & SONS Mainsprings
DENNISON WATCH CASE CO LTD Watch Cases, Sovereign Purses etc.
F. W. ELLIOT LTD Clocks
ENGLISH CLOCK & WATCH MANUFACTURERS LTD Clocks and Watches
GENT & CO LTD Electric Clocks
Faraday Works, Leicester
B. T. GREENING LTD Clocks
HALL BROS. Surveying Instruments
Watch Cases and Expanding Watch Bracelets
THE HORSTMANN GEAR CO LTD Newbridge Clocks etc.
Marine Chronometers, Astronomical Clocks etc.
E. J. PEARSON & SONS LTD Watch Straps etc.
PLEASANCE & HARPER LTD Grandfather Clocks
T.A. REYNOLDS, SONS & CO Clocks, Barometers and Scientific
ROTHERHAM & SONS LTD Watches, Watch Cases etc.
SHORT & MASON LTD Scientific Instruments
JOHN SMITH & SONS Clocks
J. CICERI SMITH Scientific Instruments etc.
ALEX STEUART Electric Regulator and Electric
STLIC WATCH CASE CO LTD Watch Cases
THE SYNCHRONOME CO LTD The Free Pendulum Precision Regulator
WALTER TARBOX & CO Watch Straps etc.
F. THOMS Watch Cases and Keyless Work
Great Haywood, near
USHER & COLE Watches and Chronometers
WARWICK TIME STAMP CO Time and Date Stamps
WHITE & REDGROVE LTD Jewellery