VC was there to time the breaking of the world speed record in 1938

VC was there to time the breaking of the world speed record in 1938

Sir Malcolm Campbell exceeded 300mph (485kph) for the first time at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1935, 3 years later in 1938 Vacheron Constantin was the timekeeper when he successfully bid to break his own record on water on lake Hallwyl in Lucerne reaching 130.91mph (210.68kph)

VC was there to time the breaking of the world speed record in 1938

Patented in 1935 and invented by Albert Pellaton for Vacheron Constantin this time recording apparatus for sporting events was capable of measuring time to the nearest tenth of a second. Within a cage of light metal (duralium) a high precision watch movement turned the four discs that printed the hours, minutes, seconds and thenths of a second directly on to a metallic strip. Driven by a second movement as accurate as the first, the recording film unspooled in front of the printing discs. When the operator pressed the push piece designed for the purpose (in hand held chronometry), a third mechanism applied the film directly to the printing discs and to the fixed markers that allowed the recorded time to be read easily. The film passed onto a turntable, before spooling onto a bobbin. When it was not transmitted to the computing office, a copy was spooled onto a second bobin. 

VC was there to time the breaking of the world speed record in 1938
Merci for the post my friend
12/04/2008 - 16:31
Very interesting thing to know! Well now i know that VC was there at another important moment in history, and i hope that they will be there too for the next record! Cheers Stephen
Aviation, Auto Racing....
12/04/2008 - 17:06
Vacheron Constantin has a history of sportiing activity which I most ernestly hope will attain even more prominence! As you can see, there is no snow here.  We are usually knee deep in the stuff by this time.  So I'm off to the mountains for the weekend.  Everyone HAGWE!!
Have you hold it in your hands?
12/04/2008 - 18:43
I guess it weights some kilos Alex my friend, thanks again for a very nice post!Sir Malcolm Campbell was one THE hero in the 30's ! 11 March 1885 – 31 December 1948.Front Page, The New York Times, Sept. 4, 1935  He died by a stroke, not as his son Donald in a speed accident.Donald Malcolm Campbell  CBE (23 March 1921 – 4 January 1967) Donald died, when trying setting new world record on water, when his Bluebird K7 flipped and disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300 mph (480 km/h), 4 January 1967, only 45 years og age. I don't think they used this watch than. Thanks for another "forgotten" Vacheron&Constantin watch, again first of all in it's field  Doc
amazing info! Thanks Doc (nt)
12/04/2008 - 20:53
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Doc, are you a Campbell historian? Great info!! nt
12/07/2008 - 19:30
nt