British Tower

ID: 13
Address: Plaza de la Fuerza Aérea
Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
Origin: United Kingdom
Builder: Gillett y Johnston
Model / Serial: /
Date: 1916
(Date of instalation)
Movement: Giant Flat Bed movement.
Dials: 4
One on each wall of the tower (4.40m).
Escapement: Gravity
2 start of 3 legs each.
Pendulum: 400 cm
2 seconds adjustable on the weight (100Kg).
Strikes: Westminster Carillon (5 bells)
Also has a muting system for the night.
Weights: 3 Weights.
History: The tower and the clock was a gift from the British comunity in Argentina to the city of Buenos Aires in conmemoration of the century of the May Revolution. Works begun in 1910 and were finished in 1916 for the 1st century of the declaration of the Independence.
A very interesting link (Spanish Only)
State: The general state of this clock is admirable even with all the mistakes made in its conservation in the last 20 years. In 1998 an intent of general restoration of the tower took place. Also due to the complaints of the neighbour buildings, unfortunately the carillon was muted permanently.
Notes: The clock is a marvelous example of what the art of mecanical horology has become until today. It has a HUGE "Flat Bed" movement, a gravity wheel like the one developed for the "Big Ben", quarter strikes with the Westminster carillon, a night-muting system, and finally an efficient electric winding system. The access to the tower is simple and full of space. It tower has an antique elevator to access the top. The tower is really strong and demonstrated it in 1982 when during the Malvinas War somebody planted a bomb of important power that only made minor cracks and bended a few steel rods. Along with the Legislative palace, it is the most important and significative that Argentina has. Without forgetting of course "Nuestra Señora del Pilar" in Recoleta and "San Ignacio de Loyola" in Microcentro.
Contact: Presently the clock is maintained by the "Dirección de Infraestructura y Renovación Urbana" dependent of the Buenos Aires County.

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