Clocks, Watches/Mantel Clock chime


I have a Howard Miller Mantel Clock Model# 630-159; Serial # F0023450072.  During an extended absence, the two "C" batteries began to fail and the clock ceased to run.  Upon my return, I replaced the two "C" batteries and set the correct time on the clock.  The clock began to run and has been keeping accurate time.  However, the clock has not chimed since I replaced the batteries.  There is no westminister quarter hour chime and the clock does not strike on the hour. Does something need to be done to the clock to begin the chiming process after new batteries have been installed?

Terry, I am not sure of the make or model of the movement in the Howard Miller #630-159.  Sometimes companies do change movements for a particular case number.  However, by your description, I think that maybe your movement was made by Hermle for Howard Miller.   They are discontinuing that line of movements, but there are still a few available.  If not, other types can be substituted. I am attaching a photo of the Hermle.  The batteries should have the (+) side up.  Some of the earlier models were such that the bottom contacts did not work with certain batteries because of a plastic ring on the bottom of the batteries.  I believe those were Energizers.  Later models were modified to correct this problem.  I don't think that anything would work on the movement with this problem.  There are two switches on the left.  The upper one should be up so the clock will chime  on all 4 quarters and strike on the hour.  The lower one should be in the middle for 24 hour chiming and striking.  On the right there is a switch on the bottom will be a 3-position switch, the left position will be off and the middle and right ones will be for two different melody. Make sure it is in the middle or right position.  The upper small knob is for volume.  Make sure the volume is turned up.  If this doesn't work or this is not the type of movement you have, send a clear photo of the back of the movement you have to my clock shop email address below.  I will try to help you find a replacement.  Quartz movements are very rarely repaired, because there are on parts or diagnostics available, and the cost of diagnosing and repairing one of these movements soon exceeds the cost of a replacement movement.

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)

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

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