Clocks, Watches/Chime adjustment


Resetting quarter-hour chime.  I moved the minute hand before it was done chi it chimes twice at 3/4hour.
Can I stop the pendulum and move the minute hand forward to the half-hour
Mark, which is where I moved the minute hand before it chimed the second time?

Kerry, I do not quite understand the question, so let me ask for some additional information.  Is this a mechanical wind-up clock or an electric or battery powered?  If it is a modern production wind-up clock, you do not have to stop the pendulum to set it and if everything is working correctly it should correct itself (which it is evidently not doing).  What do you mean "chimes twice at the 3/4 hour"?  A  Westminster chimes 4 descending notes at the quarter hour, 8 and the half, 12 at the 3/4 and 16 notes at the hour, then strikes the number of hours.  Does it only chime 2 notes, does it chime 2 quarter sequences or does it strike 2 times?  Let me know and we'll determine what is wrong.  Also, any information found on the back plate of the movement would be helpful.

John Newman
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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