Clocks, Watches/Hermle wall clock

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I have a five year old Hermle wall clock that runs on two c batteries. The chimes and pendulum work fine but the hands don't move. Do I need to replace the whole movement and if so can you advise as to what parts I need  and where can I get them?  The only info I could find on the back of the movement is "quartz 2214". Thanks for your help.

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Allen, the quartz chiming pendulum movements use different circuits for the running, chime/strike and pendulum.  When one of these fails the circuits have to be diagnosed individually.  Due to the fact that the manufacturers do not supply diagnostic diagrams or parts, it is all but impossible to repair one of these units at an economical shop rate.  They are basically known as throwaway movements.  Hermle is discontinuing the 22XX series of movements, but there are a couple of "good news" options. Some suppliers still have them in stock.  I think I have some, but am keeping most of them for warranty replacements.  I will check and verify the part numbers for the different melody options.  I will then check with the suppliers I use and see if they have any left in stock and let you know.  The other option is to substitute for another brand of movement with the same features.  The one I am using now is known as the Quad and the chimes have a sound the quality of cathedral chimes for about the same price.  I will get back with you with some information when I return to my shop Monday.


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


I checked the Timesavers catalog and they list a Hermle 2214 Westminster/Bim-Bam movement.  The one with the 5/8" handshaft length is P/N 29952 and the 3/4" handshaft length is P/N 18933.  They can be found by Googling "Timesavers clock supplies", or calling 1.800.552.1520.

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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.

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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.

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

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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)

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

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