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My antique Wendell Sessions Mantle clock is not working. Can I fix it?

I have an antique Wendell Sessions clock that I thought I would like to see if it worked again after many years. I have wound both of the larger springs on the front of the clock, 5:00 and 7:00. The holes for winding here are 1/2 inch I do not have a key that will fit the hole at the 12:00 part of the clock which is smaller at 1/4 inch. I have started swinging the bob or weight in the back of the clock but it just stops. The springs are not unwinding at all. Is this something I can fix myself or is it worth fixing? Does the small key hole have anything to do with getting the clock to start? I will purchase a key if that will solve my problem.

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The silver spring goes in a very small hole in the plastic casing on the bottom side of the watch located next to the wristband under the sensor. Hope this helps

Posted on Sep 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Antique Forestville Mantle Clock

Middle Key hole for the time.
Left side is for Chime
Right side is for the strike.

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Posted on Jan 22, 2010

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SOURCE: juts got the watch, wound it, worked then stoped, wound dead

These watches are self winding (mechanical spring), so need to be worn (or gently oscillated) to wind them up.

The catalogue for this watch says it should run for 72 hours when fully wound.

Depending on when the watch was made, it could be that it needs a clean.

Try wearing it for a few days to see if it keeps going.

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

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I will explain from the last question asked. To get it going you have to visit your nearest watch repair shop and ask for estimate. Shop owner told you things he/she do not understand at all - self winding watches CAN NOT BE OVERWOUND, so, there is the question: are you sure this watch is self winding? I've experience of 26 years of watchmaking and have never came across Mickey Mouse watches having self winding movements. As far as I know, all MM watches are battery driven, but in case if you really have the mechanical one - you are lucky. That means there were past times when those watches were fitted with mechanical movements and now they are rarities. Even if your watch is not self winding, but is mechanical (not battery driven), visit your nearest watch repair shop and ask to check this watch out. In case if it is mechanical - pay the money and get it fixed (you will be a winner anyway). If it is battery driven - put it on your shelf where your's mother in law picture is and treat it accordingly. Rate me , plz.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010

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mcdevito75 here, Unless you have a good knowledge of takeing apart, even just the back off your watch / pocket watch it"s best to look for a small watch repair shop in your area, but here is what you can do to possibly start your watch / pocket watch. If your watch / pocket watch hasn"t been wound in some time and that time varies from watch to watch, the oil in the watch can become a bit thick so as to not allow the mechanism to work smoothly, leave the watch / pocket watch in a warm place, window sill in the sunlight wrapped in a paper towel for anywhere between a few minutes to 1/2 hour, after the watch / pocket watch has been warmed up hopefully the oil in the mechanism has liquified enough to allow the movement to start working. You can also give the movement a little boost, after the watch /pocket watch is warm, pull out the stem as if to set the time of day, move the stem and hands, sometimes this action will get the watch ticking again. If this fails, BEST BET specially if this is an expebsive or keepsake watch, look for a small watch repair shop in your area for serviveing. approx. $45.00

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