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The Visitor 7


The fascinating point in the assembly line is, of course, where the movement is wound and started for the very first time, and what has been until that moment an assembly of parts becomes a precisely moving machine, whose steady beat will count out the days. Even to a horologist who is used to such things, it is quite an experience to see movement after movement wound up by a small electric motor, and started off on its life work.


Inspection of watch movements under the microscope

Inspection under the microscopeAs soon as it is moving, each movement undergoes a further strict inspection. Then follows a test on a rate recorder and the critical adjustments that every new timekeeper must have to make it dependable and correct. With these done, it passes to join a batch of similar movements for its first running test. For this it is mounted on slowly revolving drums that test its performance in many positions for 24 hours. When this check is surmounted satisfactorily, there comes the fitting of dial, hands and then the assembly into its case, which has come from the other Ystradgynlais factory, only a few yards away. 
  Such is a brief glimpse of watch production in Gurnos Works, but there is much more to it than that. Such processes as screw production, the work of the plating shops, balance assembly and poising.
It can only be said that, at Gurnos Works, a really sincere attempt is made to produce reliable pin-pallet lever watch movements in the best way that modem horological manufacturing techniques render possible.
  T. R. Robinson, FBHI
"Horological Journal"
January 1963 

 (left to right)
Mr E.S. Daniels (founder of British Ingersoll), Mr Patrick Barr, Mrs Jack Hawkins, Mr Jack Hawkins and Miss Joan Gilbert with the daughters of Mr Bernard Braden and Miss Barbara Kelly

Celebrity visitors
  There are 7 pages on the visit in 1962. Use the box links below to see the other pages