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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4 (August 1, 1927)

Tickless Time

Tickless Time.

Although synchronised clocks are in use in several big businesses in the Dominion, including, amongst others, the principal railway offices at Auckland, it will probably be news to many people that time may be laid on for ordinary purposes in the same manner as electric light. Nearly all the electric power stations in this country are now equipped with a master clock or regulator, and anyone connected with the supply from such stations may have a modern time-piece called a “Telechron” connected to their lighting wires. This will indicate correct time silently day after day, without winding, regulating, cleaning or oiling. “Telechrons” may be obtained with any type of dial from the tiny mantel clock to the large outdoor clock with a dial many feet in diameter. To overcome stoppages due to the power failing, many of the “Telechrons” are fitted with auxiliary devices to keep the hands in motion until power is restored; or they may be fitted with hand or automatic resetting devices, the latter quickly bringing the hands back to correct time on the restoration of the power supply.

The “Telechron” is driven by a small motor which requires no oiling and which runs at an exact speed, taking a very minute amount of power. It therefore requires no batteries, as was the case with older types of electric clocks. As the “Telechron” becomes better known it is likely to prove a most popular form of timepiece.

Where introduced into homes already provided with telephones, the new type of clock will certainly save a lot of time now occupied in ringing up “central” to check the truth of the discrepant declarations made by the present spring-regulated home timepieces.