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Clocks, Watches/Centenial Parlor Clock - over winded?


I just bought this beautiful clock on a yard sales for one dollar, tick tack or pendulum stops after a few seconds; I think is over winded. Is that possible? Chime works really good.
Thanks in advance

Gabrilo, the clocks I see with the name Centenial are usually the Asian 31 day wall clocks.  Generally, winding a clock until it won't wind anymore means that it is fully wound and that will not cause it to stop.  Sometimes someone will bring in a clock with a bent key or something has snapped and broken because of being grossly overwound.  I do not think this the case with your clock.  Do make sure that you are winding in the correct direction.  In trying to wind in the wrong direction, it will not move at all and some think i might be overwound. I am not at my shop to look at any, but I believe that the right winding arbor winds counterclockwise and the left one winds clockwise.  If it is the opposite I will let you know.  Also, some of these have arrows around the winding arbor holes that indicate the correct way to wind.  Another thing to check is that if the clock is in beat.  If it is wound and goes tick tock, it should go, tick....tock....tick....tock.  If it goes tick..tock.....tick..tock, it is out of beat and will stop.  If this is happening, gently move the bottom of the clock to the left or right until you hear an even beat. If this doesn't work, contact me at my shop email address below and I can give you instructions on how to remove the hands, dial and I will tell you what to look for or request a photo of the front of the movement.

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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