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Hello John;

My mother passed away recently and today I picked up a few of her cherished belongings, including this delicate Warmink Moon Phase mantle Clock, that always chimed beautifully in her home.  She had not wound it up for some time (at least a month) during which time the clock sat idle.  When I arrived home today, I carefully wound up both slots, and set the time allowing the bell to chime at each stop.  To my great disappointment however, the clock did not automatically start up. Is there something that needs to be done after winding the clock?  The markings on the back are UW20/8, and below that is the number 95796.  I sincerely hope you can help me with this mystery!

Kind regards,

Jacqueline, I know the clock is sentimental to you.  Let's see if we can get it going.  First, look in the back of the clock.  Does it have a pendulum with a bob (round disk) that swings back and forth?  If it does, gently push it to one side, and if everything is in order it should start running.  Thanks for noting the movement model. I am actually on vacation this week but am still answering my emails.  Because I am away from my shop I don't have access to my technical information as far as movement configuration is concerned.  It is possible that your clock could have a balance wheel regulator instead of a pendulum, and that would indicate further diagnostics.  When a clock is moved, the pendulum should be removed to protect the suspension spring from damage or knocking the clock out of beat. If the clock doesn't start running, get back to me and we'll see what we can do.  And so I can check if everything is in order, can you open the back door and take a digital photo of the back of the movement and send it to my shop email address below?  

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clocks Consultant
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, 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. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 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 in Prattville, Alabama.


One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. 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.

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

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

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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