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Vintage Orange Bush 538A Wall or Table Clock with Radio, Made in Italy, 1970s

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An iconic slice of 1970s design, this is the Bush 538A wall or table clock with radio, designed in Italy by Adriano Rampoldi and sometimes badged as a Europhon H30. There are some minor differences between the two models (notably to the front and rear panels, but they are essentially the same unit: a large curved plastic body with sloping front and rear surfaces. The radio ontrols are at the front (or bottom if wall mounted) and the speaker is to the rear (top if wall mounted) and on the top of the body a very handsome and stylish clock with distinctive hour and minute hands and subtle sweep hand.

This one is the Bush-marketed model and features a MW and LW radio with tone and volume controls. The radio is powered independently of the clock, via battery or 9V adaptor. The sound is quite “beefy”. The clock – with its German-made movement – runs off a “C” size battery and has a time adjustment and speed correction screw. It seems to run smoothly, but please bear in mind that this is a vintage item and has not been recently used and decide accordingly. It would almost certainly benefit from daily use and/or a service.

This one is in very good condition cosmetically, with no chips or cracks to the plastics or the clock face. The only defect is the missing end cap for the “off” button. It’s in the rarer orange colour, as opposed to the seemingly more common white, which makes it all the more desirable. The battery compartment is clean and the AC adaptor input works. There are hanging fixtures on the underside of the unit for wall mounting. As should be expected there is some crackle to the volume and tone knobs, but nothing which lingers once the volume or tone has been set.

Measures approximately 32cm (12½ in.) in length, with a width of 23cm (9 in.) and a depth of 10cm (4 in.). It weighs approximately 2 Kg.  Please note, due to restricitions on the posting of batteries, none are included in this sale.

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