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Perton Watchmaker's Lathe
Other Lathes for Watchmakers


Little known, the Perton 8 mm watchmaker's lathe was made in the United States by the Clayton & Rose Mfg. Co. for a short time after WWII. Of the well-known WW (Webster Whitcombe) type ( a design introduced around 1889)  it would have been a well-made and reliable machine, especially the headstock which, unlike most fitted to genuine watchmaker's lathes, had a capillary-action oiling system for its bronze bearings, lubricant being let in through flip-top oilers and drawn up by felt wicks that hung down through slots cut in the bottom of each bearing.
One Perton appears to have been fitted with an unusual integral support tray for the electric motor, the bed feet being reduced to small tapered pegs positioned beneath the headstock, tailstock and rear of the motor platform - in effect a very much simpler version of the arrangement found on some examples of post-WW2 Leinen lathes.
The centre height of all genuine WW-type lathes was usually 50 mm, though very occasionally 65, 70 mm and other figures are encountered. Of heavy construction, the bed was formed with a 37 mm-wide flat on the top and a 60-degree bevel along each edge, and carried a headstock spindle to accept 8, 10 mm or 12 mm collets (though again, exceptions exist and odd, in-between sizes have also been found).
Should any reader have a Perton lathe and can supply photographs, the writer would be very interested to hear from you.

Perton with an integral motor-support tray


Rear view of an 8 mm Perton showing the flip-top headstock bearing oilers

The robust, wick-oiled headstock of the Perton lathe


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Perton Watchmaker's Lathe
Other Lathes for Watchmakers