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Bob Tascione

    Hi Ed,
    Smiths started using the floating balance escapement in the mid 50s. They are less expensive to make than the normal platform escapement and are less vulnerable to sudden movement or jolts than platforms or pendulums. They used a long helical balance spring. They are very similar to the very popular Hermle floating balance. I don’t have one here to take a pic of but I’ll see if I can dig one up online and will post a link to it.