Options for a working American time strike clock movement

July 21, 2019 1:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Options for a working American time strike clock movement

Time strike clock options for a working clock include an overhaul of the old one or just get the new one. Getting the movement repaired or replacing it with one of these replicas are the options for a functioning clock.

Send in for repair

The movement is no longer in production and not available new, however if you choose to send in the movement, hands, and pendulum (not the case) we can offer you an overhaul of the movement. A clock overhaul consists of the total dismantling of the movement, inspection of every pivot and every bushing hole to determine the best course of action with the repair process. Sometimes with broken mainsprings there is damage to the wheel train on the pinions and pivots, all this is looked over with magnification. Then we manually clean the clock parts with cotton cloth and peg wood to be sure we get off all the old oil that has solidified and became an abrasive rather than a lubricant. This tedious process is then followed by pivot polishing and rebushing, where it is required. After all this, it’s time for the ultrasonic cleaning machine with the clock cleaning solution. Then rinsing is required followed by the drying process. Then comes the rebuilding of the clock movement piece by piece and then testing for a week. If it fails the testing, all this is done again if needed. Please let me know if you are interested in this service. If you would like a quote in advance, please email some pics of the movement so we can provide a repair estimate for you, to [email protected]

Replace with a Replica

These movements are made in India and are reproductions of some of the most common American antique movements. So to do this is basically the last resort where the clock movement is beyond repair or just repaired so many times incorrectly. You will need to take the clock movement out of the clock case and do some measuring to see if it’s a match between yours and the replica movements we offer.

The first thing to measure is the pendulum length. This is measured the American way not the German way. This means you are measuring what is called the movements “Drop”. The drop is the length of the pendulum from the hand shaft all the way down to the bottom of the pendulum rating nut threads. If we have a match, then the next thing is to measure is the hand shaft length from the front plate of the movement all the way out to the end of the minute hand nut threads. If these are both a match to your old unit, it is time to measure the clock movements winding arbors from left to right, center to center, and then from the winding arbor to the hand shaft hole center to center. This will tell you if the clock dials winding hole will line up on the movement just as the old unit did.

If all these are a match then we can send the replica movement to you. They come in two different ways. There is just the movement, or you can get the movement kit that includes the key, gong, gong base, pendulum, and hands. It’s best to get the kit since it’s only $20 more and you can be sure to have all you need with some spare parts for your clock also.

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