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The escarpment movement on my Ansonia antique clock has been damaged and i need to know how to re shape the escarpment so it will allow the clock to tick

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I just got a radford exchange purr-fect moments kitten cuckoo clock and the clock movement doesn't work. I need to get a new clock movement with the wire that connects it to the bird sounds unit of th

There are several companies that sell that movement , just google clock movements and they have a chart with spec to match yours. I have replaced several in my time, its pretty easy

Jan 05, 2015 | Watches


ANTIQUE CLOCK CLEANING TIPS * The question of how to clean your clock is quite a...

* 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.
· 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.image006.jpg
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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on Jan 22, 2010 | Watches

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Metal pendulum wall clock run by AA batteries... does not run... new batteries do not solve the problem.

Hi! the movement must be bad, you can actually have a battery clock movement replaced easily at a watch or clock shop! We charge about $30.00 to 50.00 if the movement is available, you did not mention what type of clock? if you can let me know i may be able to help further. thank you!

Sep 20, 2011 | 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...

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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I have an antique Waterbury wall clock, how do I change the month, day and date

As long as it is not in the date advance cycle some where around midnight you should simply be able to reach around to the back of the disk and rotate the dial.

Tip provided sight unseen.
Clock not fully described.

Hope this tip helps

Mar 20, 2010 | Watches

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My new wall clock chimes 2 minutes BEFORE the

You will need to do a mechanical adjustment to the hand.
Loosen the hand nut and adjust the hand the tighten.

Hope this tip helps to solve your problems


Mar 19, 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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Does anyone know where to get a replacement 'movement' for the Michael Graves's Alessi mantle clock.

Yep - I know a clock repairman in California who still has some of the original Hechinger Quartz Movements for the Alessi pendulum clock . Definately worth repairing .

Jul 13, 2009 | Watches

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Antique Hamilton pocket watch how to open? I unscrewed the face and see a notch at the bottom and a hinge on top of face. I tried prying upward at notch but it did not want to open. I was applying enough...

Pull the wind knob takes a firm pull on mine. You will hear it click, then you have room to pull the movement out towards the hinge. Then close when done, and push the wind handle back in.

At one oclock the lever is pulled out about 1/4" then you can set the time, when finished, push the lever back in.

Hope this

Jun 13, 2009 | Sterling J3E Hamilton Antique Pocket Watch

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I purchased an old Hamilton mantel clock that did not run. I have cleaned and oiled it and now it works well except it losses five minutes per day. This has a German movement, spring escapement type,...

This clock has a floating balance escapement.

Hold the balance snuggly with 2 figures. Take a small screw driver and push one of the 4 legs above and attached to the disk to the "+" direction. Move it about 1/4 turn. Set the correct time and check again the next day. If the clock is still slow, move it again and set the hands. Do this until the clock is accurate.

Disclaimer: If this movement was made in the 1970 or early 1980's (The date is a 2 digit # above the movement model number). Those years the clock manufac. (Hermle) did not do well in quality materials. The may need an overhaul or movement replacement. I can provide more information if needed.

Apr 01, 2009 | Watches

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