Clocks, Watches/Sligh Mantel Clock

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QUESTION: Hello John,
Would you be able to date this clock? It's Sligh 0522-1-CM w/movement 2961 from the clock sticker. From the movement, it's Franz Hermle(with an E over the name). 2 Jewels, unadjusted, Made In Germany, 340-020.
I see this is a common Movement and that the "E" may be the key identifier. I'm guessing 1980's. I got this from Goodwill and was sold as untested as they did not have the key. I've wound it with the key from my 1973 Welby and so far the Sligh seems to work and chime pretty well.

ANSWER: Bob, the Hermle movement you have uses a balance wheel regulator rather than a pendulum.  You are correct, the "E" is the identifier.  It was manufactured in 1992.  The key from your Welby is probably the correct one, but if there is more play in the fit than on the Welby, you might want to obtain a key of the next smaller size.  If it has too much play it can slip damaging the clock and possibly cause injury to your hand.  Enjoy your newly found clock!

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

(Due to the number of Allexperts questions and
the workload I have at my clock shop, I regret
that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis
other than Allexperts follow ups.)



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QUESTION: Thanks so much - the Welby key seems to be a perfect fit. The Welby is another story - I also got this at Goodwill and it does not work. I'm waiting for an Instruction Book to see if I can get it going myself. The movement is 350-060. I may be contacting with some specific questions regarding this - I'm not going to blindly jump into it. Thanks again!

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Bob, great the the key works for both.  The 350 is also a balance wheel type movement.  I just wonder what type of instruction book you are getting?  Is it a clock repair book?  There are some manuals that give some types of troubleshooting, but do not get into the repair.  This takes quite a bit of instruction and/or experience.  Regarding the balance wheel movements, the balance wheel is very delicate and requires special cleaning, lubricating and adjusting.  If you are interested in getting into some repair, I might recommend a series of books by Steven G. Conover (www.clockmakersnewsletter.com).  The fist I would suggest is Clock Repair Basics.  He has new series of books Repair 1,2 and 3.  I haven't seen them yet but can say that they are probably excellent.

If you have any more questions, would you contact me at my shop email address below?  It will help free up my Allexperts question queue which has a daily limit.  Thanks.


John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

(Due to the number of Allexperts questions and
the workload I have at my clock shop, I regret
that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis
other than Allexperts follow ups.)

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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". Considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop.

Experience

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

Organizations
NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

Publications
Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Education/Credentials
Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

Awards and Honors
Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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