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    Re: mechanical chronometers
    From: RSPeterson
    Date: 2006 May 18, 06:31 -0500

    I can recommend Elgin Clock Repair in South Elgin IL  (847/695-1758) for
    chronometer repair.  They are nationally known and teach the skills. 
    They are mid-age so will be around, and have high expertise in
    Hamiltions and Elgins.  And you will learn a great deal of the history
    of clock/chronometer development.
    -- Bob Peterson

    Geoffrey Kolbe wrote:

    > That is where you will run into your major problem in keeping
    >your "beautiful mechanical device
    >in good running condition" - finding someone who can clean and service it.
    >It must be understood that a chronometer is not a "clock". Ordinary clock
    >repairers are not qualified to work on chronometers, which require very
    >special knowledge to keep them working reliably. In the United Kingdom, the
    >number of people to whom I would entrust my chronometer could probably be
    >counted on the fingers of one hand, and there would still be some fingers
    >left over! They are all old men now, and I do not look forward with any
    >confidence that any of them will still be active the next time my
    >chronometer needs a clean.

    Robert S. Peterson
    Great Lakes Compass
    31 N Alfred, Elgin IL  60123  USA
    Compass Adjusting & Repair for Lake Michigan Navigators Since 1985
    e-mail: rspeterson(at)wowway(dot)com

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