Posted 4 years ago
Another Beautiful German jewel picked this up at auction. My first ATO clock. Leon Hatot (French) developed the ATO Electric (Battery) clock in 1920, he filed a patent for it in 1923. Some of his first clocks are still around and running today and keeping great time. His clocks usually feature spider webbing on the face of the clock with ATO in large capital letters. The ATO is not an acronym for anything, they are the three middle letters in Hatot's last name, thats all.
What is an anticlimatic clock? Most clocks are effected by the weather, these clocks make allowances for the weather (barometric changes) around them, and are not effected by them.
It is a battery operated clock that they still make batteries for. However it will operate just fine on a 1.5 volt "AA"or a "D" cell. I had it hooked up with a rubber band and a battery, slipped the connectors underneath the rubber band attached to the battery, gave the pendulum a little push and off it took (I haven't received my battery yet from Timesavers). You can see the connectors peeking out on the left side of the third picture. These type of clocks use hardly use any energy at all and have been known to keep running long after the battery was thought to be dead, they squeeze every drop of energy from the battery. There was a story of a father who bought one of these home from WWII and it ran for many many years, one day it finally stopped and the mans children opened it up to find the clock had been weilded to an old battery
This clock has levelling screws which you can see on the base in the third picture on each side of the pendulum guide (the pendulum resides in semi circular tube with an opening in the middle to allow for the pendulum to swing). If the clock is not level it will not run.