"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 40 years.  This site is a collection of clock repairs performed thru the years.  The intent is to provide a detailed perspective of what constitutes a complete clock rebuild.  Most major repairs are documented on this site.  These blogs are also used to let the customer know in detail what was repaired.  This is a valuable tool in explaining the intricacies of a repair by providing pictures and video along with a text explanation. Service area includes Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, Littleton, Lone Tree, and the surrounding areas.  We do house calls! We provide free estimates by appointment only.  Give us a call or text and we can setup a time that is convenient for you.  (720) 333-6309. 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) Ta

Howard Miller Table Clock

In for repair is a Howard Miller  Coffee  table clock model number 612-680 serial number 51930327 born date approximately 1980.  This clock arrived in rough condition but very repairable.  New this clock sold for about $500.   Wood frame in the original Natural Oak finish.   The overall diameter is 42.75" and the height 16.5".   The glass top is a 6mm glass.  The base of the legs have a brass tipped wrap. The finished product along with other Howard Miller clocks An image of the label A picture of the clock as it came into the shop.  Hands not attached, the wood frame is very dry and dirty.  There is a "white" scratch on the side of the frame.  The quartz movements underneath  the face are loose and appear not to run.  These were replaced.  The case was oiled and 2 of the legs were loose and tightened. Another closeup picture of the wood Here is the scratch After the scratch repair.  Where did it go? Completed clock Another view of the completed clock. Very nice! An

Seth Thomas turn of the century mantle clock

 In for repair is a Seth Thomas mantle clock.  As you can see it has not run in a very long time.  The arrows pointing to A & B shows the veneer coming loose.  The circled area shows a rough area on the rim of the case.  There was no glass.  The case was very dry and the movement was just as dusty. This next image shows a closer look at the damaged brim. An added example of the length of time this clock was in storage is were a spider has made it's home inside the case right at the left top.  Note how dry and dusty the inside of the case is and how dry and dusty the clock movement is. and on the right another web.  Looks like it is too different spiders co-habitated. This is an image of the bottom of the case.  The label is still readable.  I was hoping that the model of this clock was shown.  Unfortunately, this label is just a general description of how to operate the clock. This image shows the movement out of the case.  It is obvious how dry and dusty this mechanism was A c

New Haven "Author" Mantle Clock

Here is a New Haven "Author" mantle clock in for repair.  New Haven manufacturing history goes back over 170 years.  Follow this link for more information . This particular clock dates back a little before 1930. Here is a picture of the clock as it was delivered.  Notice the face (#9) is damaged.  The face plate has come loose from the metal base.  There is no bezel or glass.  The case is very dry.  A new bezel with glass will be located and attached.  The back plate holding the face will be reattached.  The face will be replaced with a new paper dial.  The clock movement is dirty, dry, & needing pivot hole rebuild.  When this clock is complete, it should look like a much different clock. On the underside of the case there is a label in very good condition.  The model of this clock is the "Author" Another angle of the face A little dusty.  Notice the floor of the case.  The dust is very thick. The New Haven Logo The mechanism out of the case waiting to be disa

Sessions Store Regulator

In for repair is a Sessions regulator clock, time only.  The report from the customer was the clock does not run.  Just before it stopped running the minute hand would "flutter" for a few minutes i.e. run for about 20 minutes real fast.  Here is the picture of the clock as it arrived at the shop. The Sessions company has a long history of American clock makers.  Follow this link for a brief history of the company.  This image shows the manufacture's stamp.  I've circled a couple pivot holes that were worn and needed rebuilding.  6 pivot holes were rebuilt.  Follow this link for a short video showing pivot hole wear.  All the pivots were inspected and found a couple that were damaged.  These pivots were placed on the lathe using an emery stick and pivot polisher.  After this work the pivots were nice and smooth. This is another picture of the escape wheel and pivot hole.  This one was badly worn.  The "fluttering" mentioned above comes from the wear in this

Victor Talking Machine (Victrola)

In for repair is a Victrola tabletop model VV-IV serial 302,899E .  According to the serial number, this unit was made in 1917 during the Great War (WWI).  More information about the Victrola company . More than 8,000,000 Victors and Victrolas were produced between 1906 and 1929, and it has been estimated (based on a statistical analysis of surviving examples) that well over 600,000 are still around in 2020. The motor on this unit is a single spring motor.  Other floor models had a longer running time and had a 2 spring motor.  This tabletop model was very popular in its day and sold for $15-$25.  The case is solid oak.  All in all the unit was is rather good shape for 100+ years old although there is significant rust on the steal trim, record table, and crank and the felt record table is badly damaged but original. Below is an image of the unit as it was delivered: This “Victor Talking Machine” had to be made immediately after WWI.  During the war, there were no wooden flaps and the w