Tip & How-To about Watches



* The question of how to clean your clock is quite a controversial one, as many Master Clock Smith experts have used many different techniques, which can also may be unique to your geographical location.
* Many cleaning solutions and chemicals are suitable. However, We use a water-based formula.
* In deciding the proper solution to use, you will want to observe all hazardous material and EPA regulations in your area. For example, after the cleaning solution or chemical is polluted beyond use how do you get rid of it?
* In years past, it appears that the water-mix formula was the most popular choice. In more recent years, highly active commercial products seem to have taken preference. Currently, we have disposal problems, as many cleaners have been defined as toxic waste. I believe that as the Clock repair business evolves, we should seek and use a less hazardous cleaning solution.


* Always protect eyes and nose when handling cleaning solutions.
* Do not allow movements to remain in the cleaning solution for extended periods of time.
* Use gloves when handling cleaning solutions.
ยท Special care must be taken with "Bright" movements since these are protected with a "vellum" or thin coat of lacquer. The cleaning solution can loosen and peel this protective coating if the movement is immersed very long. If the lacquer is loosened when cleaning, small bits and pieces of the vellum can clog wheel teeth, pivots and pinions and will require a great deal of unnecessary hand cleaning and effort to remove.
1. Pay very close attention to the type of "clear coat" used on the clock, many clocks use a clear coat that is applied to keep the brass shiny and acid free. If your cleaning solution is too strong, it will remove it unnecessarily. If this happens, it is best to completely remove it and in the end re-apply the clear coat.
2. REMOVE all plastic gear levers and sensitive parts such as a floating balance, as it will tend to trap the solution in the tube. "It will however require a different procedure."
3. I use a 3-step cleaning method:
Step 1. Dip the clock in the cleaning solution mixture. Then brush all large deposits of grease and dirt from the clock, drench the clock in warm water and shake dry.
Step 2. You must [COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLE THE CLOCK as it can not be cleaned properly otherwise] and let soak in a weaker cleaning solution (20 minutes or so will work fine). With a tooth or gun cleaning brush thoroughly clean all wheels, pinions and pivots and un-coil the spring with a Main spring UN-winder.
Step 3. Let it soak in warm water only for 20 minutes, this will neutralize and/or dilute the cleaning solution that is still present in the pores of the metal.
4. Drying: It is very important to thoroughly dry the clock, the theory being that metal is somewhat porous in nature and will tend to hold moisture like a sponge.


Step 1. Dry with a hair dryer until totally dry.
Step 2. Put in a pre-heated oven at about 180 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes, this will dry out all moisture from the clock. NOTE: Don't get it too hot, just to the point that you can't handle it is fine.

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You need to find a specialist. This is a very special clock, $$$, and requires someone very knowledgable of Atmos clocks. Do not let just anybody touch it. "just cleaning" and "a lube" is a very delicate and demanding job that requires an expert, a professional. I am a professional watchmaker, make my living doing so. Find an Atmos clockmaker near you and by the way, learn how to secure the clock before you move it or you may do more damage. Good luck

Oct 08, 2012 | Watches

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I have an antique clock that requires two places to wind it up. Since Daylight Savings Time went into effect, the clock has gone crazy, chiming the hour on the half hour and chiming three hours ahead. What can I do to get it to work correctly?

With only limited information provided about your type of actual antique clock this symptom has to conclude that your clock is a non self correcting style.

Step one: Ensure clock is striking the hour. during the time of the hour strike quickly move the minute hand to the hour.

Step two: Move to the half hour allow to strike, move hand to hour allow to strike then move the hour hand to align with the correct count.

Step three: Stop the clock until the correct time has been achieved and start clock OR strike ever hour and half hour until clock is set to the correct time.

Hope this tip guides you to a solution for your clock.

r/ David

Apr 06, 2010 | Watches

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pendulum in beat but stops running after a few

CLOCK OILING TIPS * NOTE: Many Master Clock Smiths and Hobbyists used many different oils and as many different techniques.
* It is only good sense to use only the best in quality when selecting clock oils and grease. A number of fine oils are made especially for clocks. The oil used should stay in place and not evaporate easily and have no tendency to gum or get sticky as it ages. Most clock oils meet these standards. [CAUTION: Never consider using non-clock lubricants, as they tend to not really work well in clocks. Some are too light and cause unnecessary bushings wear, while others are too thick or can evaporate, over time will gum up and stop the clock prematurely.]

Oiling Procedures
-Main-springs are oiled after cleaning and before they are recoiled.
-Teeth and pinions are never oiled.
-Normally, the dial train of gears, hour wheel, minute wheel and minute wheel post are not oiled. However, oil is used between the center shaft and cannon pinion where slip friction is present in setting the hands.
-All points of friction such as train wheel pivots to bushings are oiled. Verge faces are oiled directly.
-Oil is always used sparingly and should never run all over the plates.

Hope this tip helps.



Feb 08, 2010 | Watches

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bakelite antique mantle clock just bought, but no instructions of how to get it going. Ive got the key and pendulum but dont know how to set it up. Can you help?

First you have to wind up your clock using the key supplied. The pendulum suspension spring should start to swing quite fast. Stop it swinging with your fingers and hook up the pendulum. When done, push the pendulum to whatever side and release it to start the swing - the clock should start ticking in normal order. If there is no special bar on the back of clock movement for adjusting hands, then hands must be adjusted from the dial side by moving minute hand clockwise. Move the minute hand with your finger clockwise to the desired time, at the same time do not catch hour hand, as this may end up with the incorrect time displayed. Rate me, plz.

Jan 28, 2010 | Watches

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Clock cleaning

This is not as easy as you might think. We learn decades to repair (cleaning included) watches and clocks. Any tip would be with no use, as every clock needs individual and specific attention.
The only tip is: visit an eBay and buy the clock repairers book. I've seen some books there.
All this is under the ''Jewellery and Watches'' section.

Mar 27, 2009 | Watches

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