Vienna Regulator – the pinnacle of clock artistry

Vienna regulator weight-driven wall clocks are a type of mechanical clock that originated in Austria in the mid-19th century. These clocks are named after the city of Vienna, where they were first produced and gained popularity throughout Europe. They are known for their unique design, which features a long, slender case with a glass door that allows the pendulum and weights to be seen.

Miniature one-weight Vienna wall clock, circa 1880

Vienna regulators are often considered the pinnacle of European clockmaking artistry, and they continue to be cherished by collectors and clock enthusiasts around the world for their precision, elegance, and timeless beauty.

The Crown or topper

The simple lines of the Vienna Regulator are exemplified in this unmarked mini version found on a local online for-sale site some 5 years ago. Simplicity is exemplified in its job of performing one function – telling the time.

Weight-driven clocks with comparatively large pendulum bobs give a very visual display of the clock’s activity. In my view, it is the weight-driven ones that have greater appeal than spring-driven clocks.

Time only movement

Nothing has been done to the clock save disassembling and cleaning the movement and polishing the pendulum and brass-encased weight.

Another is a two-weight Vienna Regulator by Gustav Becker which required extensive repair and restoration.

Gustav Becker 2-weight Vienna Regulator

Vienna regulator weight-driven clocks are a testament to the precision and artistry of clock-making, showcasing the intricate mechanisms and stunning designs that make them highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

What is truly fascinating is the accuracy of a clock that is almost 150 years old.


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