"The Clock Fixer" Repair of Antique and Modern Clocks

The Clock Fixer - Repair of Antique and Modern Clocks

Repairing clocks in the Denver metropolitan area for over 35 years.  Including Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, and the surrounding areas. We do house calls!

Specializing in:
Early American, German, and English clocks (Hour & 1/2 hour strike clocks)
Cuckoo clocks (both 1, 2, & 3 weight)
400 day/Anniversary clocks
Grandfather clocks (Certified Howard Miller & Ridgway service center)

Tall clocks, Shelf clocks, Wall regulators, School clocks, American banjos, Mantle clocks, Advertising, Animated, Anniversary, Banjo Beehive, Black Mantel, Calendar, China/Porcelain, School House, Kitchen, Longcase/Grandfather, Mission, Mystery, Novelty, Ogee, Pillar & Scroll, Shelf, Skeleton, Steeple, Tambour, Vienna Regulator,

Most manufacturers including Junghans, Schatz, New Haven, Ansonia, Ingraham, Waterbury, Ugos, Hermle, Seth Thomas, Sessions, Kieninger just to name a few!

Waterbury Needing a Little TLC

Here we have a nice Waterbury shelf clock that has had a rough life.  But with all its highs and lows  the clock is very repairable.  Here is the clock with the front face off:
Notice it is an alarm clock with the little alarm movement on the lower left side.  The alarm mechanism was tested, cleaned, and oiled.  Then tested again.  Works perfectly.  Here is a closer picture of the alarm mechanism before removal and cleaning:
The clock had a horrid repair life.  The repairmen did some creative repairs.  For example every hole was punched/pricked to close the hole.  Not all of them needed this treatment.  pricking is not a standard repair anyway but a repair person pricked them all.  The click springs were repaired previously.  The repair had a ton of excess solder and a homemade click spring.  They did work well however.  It was decided since they worked well and created un-reversible damage to the wheel to leave these along.
The time mainspring wheel was loose.  It was just about read…

Clock Art

Clock wheels and gears are a work of art.  Once upon a service call on a Ridgway modern grandfather clock.  The customer stated the clock would stop at 12:30.  Initially on the phone was a little puzzling.  Upon arrival, noticed the problem right away.  The seconds indicator hand was rubbing on the hour hand.  This condition only comes in contact with each other when the hour hand would be pointing at the "12".  Here are 3 images of this condition.  As you can see the hands are touching. 

Another interesting note is the beauty of the hands in relation to themselves and the clock face.

Gilbert model Altai circa 1874 Time & Strike

Wm. L. Gilbert model Altai circa 1874 Here we have a nice Wm. L. Gilbert time & strike parlor clock.  If your a historian and looking for a little more information about the Wm. Gilbert Clock Company, follow this link.

This clock needed a lot of work.  The good thing about this everything it needed was easily done. Below is the clock as it was delivered.  The case was dusty and it looked like the clock has not had some TLC in a very long time.

This clock is a Gilbert parlor clock model Altai.  I wish I was better at Wheel of Fortune to be able to figure out the 2nd letter on this label but with a little time and patience the letter is "L"!  Back to the clock,  the age of this clock according to the Antique Clock Price Guide is 1874 as verified by the label:
Examination: The next step is to remove the hands, face, and movement from the case.  Very dirty on the inside and a significant amount of wear throughout the movement. 
Click these two video links video #1 and video #…

Russian Ships Clock

Russian Marine Clock In for repair is a Russian Marine Clock. 

The clock would not run, initial observation showed the clock mainspring was completely wound up.  The next thing checked was the platform escapement.  The balance seemed undamaged and free.  It was not overbanked.  The next thing checked was dirt and grime around all the wheel pivot points.  Everything looked OK.  Checking pivot holes, they seemed dry.

The clock movement was oiled with high-grade clock oil and hi-grade watch oil on the escapement.  The clock took off.

Russian Marine clock running with balance spinning: Click Here
Here is a video of the balanced slowed down so the balance wheel can be seen: Click Here
Side view of the clock movement:
This clock has some characteristics of a carriage clock.  Most carriage clocks have a crown wheel that connects to the platform hairspring escapement.
This clock does appear to be a commercial replica.  These two images show numerical stamp of the serial number (4177) and  pos…

Wall Clock with Jauch Movement

In for repair is an oak octagon wall clock reproduction with an Jauch time and strike movement. The case was well done made of white oak.  A nice looking clock.

The clock did not run when it was brought in for repair.

Once the movement was taken out of the clock it was apparent why the clock did not want to run.  There were 6 pivot holes that were badly warn.  Black oil was gushing out of the pivot holes.  See the samples below:
This is a picture of the right side of the back of the movement.  Notice the two pivot holes with gobs of dirty oil and the drip of dirty oil coming from the top pivot hole.  Seeing this kind of dirt in the pivot holes is a good indication of pivot hole wear and possibly pivot wear.  The movement was disassembled and the pivot holes were worn.  The pivots were surprisingly is very good shape.  These did not have to be polished.  New bushings were installed in these two holes and sized to fit.  In total, there was 6 pivot holes needed bushing work.

Here is a pi…

Carl Werner German Wall - Time & Strike

Here we have a Carl Werner German wall clock.  Upon arrival, the clock did not run and initial observation, it has been a very long time since any service has been performed on the clock.    This is a time & strike count wheel spring movement.  A bottom finial was broken from the case and the top bonnet trim was also broken.  The suspension spring was damaged and had to be replaced.  All this work was repaired and replaced.

Here is a picture of the back of the clock movement.  Note the stamp: "Werner Deponirt" with a picture of a fox.  After some preliminary research found the movement was made between 1880 and 1900.  Werner stamped different animals to signify where the movement was made.  Carl Werner had several branches: in Innsbruck, Warsaw, Verona and French Badevel .. these animal charactors act as labels for different branches. For example, a rooster in France etc. I could not find the exact location where the "fox" was located.

Upon disassembly it was o…

German Floor Clock - Who Says You Can't Find a Gem at an Antique Store

Here we have a nice German Grandfather/Floor clock.  It was purchased at an antique store by the customer.  Interesting story in that this customer found the clock and gave me a call for advise.  He explained what the clock looked like.  We discussed different features of the clock.  With today's technology, he sent pictures of the clock.  The clock looked like a keeper.  From the pictures, it looked like all the parts were there (and they were).  The chain was in pieces but repairable.  The face is beautiful along with the weights and pendulum.  The clock was purchased for a great price and delivered directly to my shop where I took a closer look.  The notes from the previous owner stated this is from the 1920's.  I  believe the movement is much older than that.  Given how the movement was held together, i.e. taper pins holding the movement together I believe this movement was made in the 1860's.

After a little research on this clock it was found that this clock is from t…