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Old 13.01.2011, 17:11
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Basel SBB Clocks

There are two clocks on the front of Basel SBB.

One has a second hand that rotates normally.

The other has a second hand that rotates for one minute then rests for one minute.

Is there some obscure Swiss reason for this?
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Re: Basel SBB Clocks

This document explains the "Stop to Go" movement pretty well: http://www.mondaine.com/assets/Uploa...ogypdfMON1.pdf

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Re: Basel SBB Clocks

I'd noticed this too. As far as I can figure out the right hand clock is just broken! Given how the clocks work it would only need to run 3 secs slow and the system would hold it until the next minute hence the delay.


I must say I love the railway clocks - something about the 2 sec pause feels special. But maybe that's just me
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There are two clocks on the front of Basel SBB.

One has a second hand that rotates normally.

The other has a second hand that rotates for one minute then rests for one minute.

Is there some obscure Swiss reason for this?
The one which rotates "normally" is a modern clock, the one which waits a minute and then jumps forward is a "traditional" SBB clock
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The one which rotates "normally" is a modern clock, the one which waits a minute and then jumps forward is a "traditional" SBB clock
It's a Swiss tradition to "rotate for one minute then rest for one minute" ?
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Re: Basel SBB Clocks

hah. so they invented a clock which shows the incorrect time except when it is exactly zero seconds...
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Re: Basel SBB Clocks

Must be hard to be neutral. Must have one of everything to please everyone...
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It's a Swiss tradition to "rotate for one minute then rest for one minute" ?
whatever, that kind of clocks dominated SBB stations happily into the 1960ies and 70ies


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hah. so they invented a clock which shows the incorrect time except when it is exactly zero seconds...
the SBB clocks were absolutely superior as they were the ones who at least once per minute, 60 times per hour were correct !

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Must be hard to be neutral. Must have one of everything to please everyone...
Most church-tower clocks still work like that, in fact all over Europe. Just watch them carefully and you will see !
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