Clocks, Watches/Jauch

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QUESTION: John,  
I have an Emperor clock I built back around 1977 that has a Jauch "77" movement that has finally wore out and cannot be saved money wise. can you tell me where I can obtain a replcement movement or tell me which Hermle conversion replacement should be used. I only need the movement as the chains,weights,pendulum,chime rods,and clock face are all reuseable. Any info you can give me will be greatly appreciated as this clock has been part of every day life for many years.
Thanks,
Robert  Cox

ANSWER: Robert, there are conversion kits available for the replacement of the Jauch 77 movements.  They do include the movement (which comes with chains from the factory), a pendulum top hook (adapts the pendulum to the new movement), and one lead weight(the chime weight has to be increased for the new movement).  As the conversion movement is slightly different from the original, mounting shims and longer screws are provided.  The dial assembly also has to be modified slightly.  If the dial has the moving moon dial feature, the drive lever has to be modified.  If you will contact me at my shop email address below, I will give you some more details.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Note concerning questions not related to Allexperts:  Because of my commitment to answering Allexperts questions within a prescribed time limit and the large backlog of clock work at my shop, I regret that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis, other than Allexperts follow up questions.  I will try to answer these emails as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.


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QUESTION: John,
Thank you so much for your prompt response. While checking out the Internet this A.M. I found the last of three original "77" movements available that came out of Emperor stock that had never been used and are in original unused condition. I decided after much searching that this was the way to go. It only includes the movement and clock face and all I really wanted was the movement anyway. As I said in my previous letter the original lasted approx. 35 years so if this one is half that good it will outlast me.  Thanks again to you for your help.
Robert Cox

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Great!  I'm glad you found the movement.  I do have a question and some information for you.  Can you email me at my shop email address below?  Thanks.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Note concerning questions not related to Allexperts:  Because of my commitment to answering Allexperts questions within a prescribed time limit and the large backlog of clock work at my shop, I regret that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis, other than Allexperts follow up questions.  I will try to answer these emails as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.

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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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