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Pictured: “Paillard’s Non-Magnetic Balances” Illustrations (Theodore Gribi), Western Electrician, September 22, 1888 After non-magnetic watches and anti-magnetic shields were introduced to the market in the 1880s, the industry was flooded with experiments testing the effectiveness of these new innovations in the presence of magnetism.  In...
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Pictured: Portrait of Edwin James Houston. In the March 1888 edition of the Journal of the Franklin Institute, Professor Edwin J. Houston published a comprehensive article exploring several experiments conducted on two Non-Magnetic Watch Company movements. Most conventional watches are fitted with various parts made...
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Pictured: Thomas Edison’s Jumbo Dynamo (Electric Generator) Charles-Auguste Paillard originally developed palladium alloys for use in fine marine chronometers due to the non-corrosive properties of the alloy.  In the 1880s, electricity was being adopted across the globe for many applications. Generators, lighting, electric motors, and...
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Pictured: Paillard’s Palladium Balance and Hairspring Charles-Auguste Paillard was granted a patent in the United States for his palladium alloy compensation balance on March 8, 1887. The remaining patents issued to Paillard were for general palladium alloys of different mixtures.  While Paillard briefly implies practical...
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