Watch and Clock Escapements eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 236 pages of information about Watch and Clock Escapements.


We have already given very desirable forms for the parts of a double-roller escapement, consequently we shall now deal chiefly with acting principles as regards the rollers, but will give, at Fig. 82, a very well proportioned and practical form of fork.  The pitch circle of the jewel pin is indicated by the dotted circle a, and the jewel pin of the usual cylindrical form, with two-fifths cut away.  The safety roller is three-fifths of the diameter of the pitch diameter of the jewel-pin action, as indicated by the dotted circle a.

The safety roller is shown in full outline at B’, and the passing hollow at E.  It will be seen that the arc of intersection embraced between the radial lines B c and B d is about sixty-one and a half degrees for the roller, but the angular extent of the passing hollow is only a little over thirty-two degrees.  The passing hollow E is located and defined by drawing the radial line B c from the center B through the intersection of radial line A i with the dotted arc b, which represents the pitch circle of the safety roller.  We will name this intersection the point l.  Now the end of the guard point C terminates at the point l, and the passing hollow E extends on b sixteen degrees on each side of the radial line B c.

[Illustration:  Fig. 82]

The roller action is supposed to continue through thirty degrees of angular motion of the balance staff, and is embraced on the circle a between the radial line B k and B o.  To delineate the inner face of the horn p of the fork F we draw the short arc g, from A as a center, and on said arc locate at two degrees from the center at B the point f.  We will designate the upper angle of the outer face of the jewel pin D as the point s and, from A as a center, sweep through this point s the short arc n n.  Parallel with the line A i and at the distance of half the diameter of the jewel pin D, we draw the short lines t t’, which define the inner faces of the fork.

The intersection of the short line t with the arc n we will designate the point r.  With our dividers set to embrace the space between the point r and the point f, we sweep the arc which defines the inner face of the prong of the fork.  The space we just made use of is practically the same as the radius of the circle a, and consequently of the same curvature.  Practically, the length of the guard point C’ is made as long as will, with certainty, clear the safety roller B in all positions.  While we set the point f at two degrees from the center B, still, in a well-constructed escapement, one and a half degrees should be sufficient, but the extra half degree will do no harm.  If the roller B’ is accurately made and the guard point C’ properly fitted, the fork will not have half a degree of play.

Project Gutenberg
Watch and Clock Escapements from Project Gutenberg. Public domain.
Follow Us on Facebook