Yesterday was the first May 25 in at least six years that the anniversary of the revolution with the clock tower of the Cabildo of Buenos Aires in operation, thanks to the donation of a watchmaker was celebrated.
In 2010 the firm Gnomon Watches Monumentales installed a clock in the Casa Rosada and its owner, Guillermo del Valle, saw the Cabildo clock did not work. “Since then we are I asking to be repaired But on one pretext or another, they did last year, after send a letter to the former Minister of Culture Teresa Parodi, we went to see the clock and are two options:.. Fix or automate it. they responded that they had no budget, “says del Valle.
Del Valle, a fan of watches since disarmed the 5 years one of pocket belonging to his grandfather, he could not believe that Argentina piece of history that truly changed the official time at the time
of Rosas were not working. “I was embarrassed that the country had no money to fix [68,000 pesos]. It is the building that all we drew when we were kids. So, three months ago we decided to offer a new machine as a donation,” says Valley. See songs and lyrics.
On May 9 Valley with his son withdrew the machine no longer worked and installed a new one. The new machine has two sets every 20 minutes and at 12 o’clock and control via GPS They note that their needles marking is accurate. warm energy saving lamps were also placed to illuminate the clock, emulating the old fixtures.
The authorities of the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution appreciated the donation. “The clock was busting with time and it seemed very important to fix it, but budget problems could not do it,” says museum director and historian Gabriel Di Meglio.
Di Meglio note that the museum began investigating what happened to the previous machines that had the clock. According to del Valle, the apparatus 1940 is not removed, as shown in the records. “It is impossible, because it has electronic boards that did not exist at that time. It can not be earlier than the 70s,” he says. This would not be the first machine clock whose fate is unknown. But that’s another story.