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I found your answer to an identical question that I have. My Hamilton clock is chiming 3 hours off the clock it chimes 5 at 2 o'clock. When I try to advance the hour hand it seems to take more pressure than I am willing to apply. I'm afraid to press it any harder for fear of breaking the small hand.  Any advice???

Richard, since I don't have the identity of the clock movement, it is difficult to tell how to correct this problem.  But, if it is a 31-day (it could be labeled a 30 , 32 or 35 day), usually a wall clock, the hour hand is keyed and cannot be slipped.  The problem would probably have to be corrected by a clockmaker.  If it is a German clock, it would have probably been manufactured by Hermle for Hamilton.  The hour hand can be slipped.  It could be that the hour hand has become stuck on the hour hand tube.  Although we don't recommend WD-40 as a lubricant for clocks, it sometimes can be used for loosening parts that have become jammed.  Stop the clock and note where the minute hand is pointing, and remove the minute hand nut and hand.  Spray a little WD-40 on a cotton swab and apply a small amount to the hour hand bushing where it fits on the tube.  Let it soak in for a few minutes and then try slipping it.  If you can't get it to slip, you might want to have a clockmaker look at it.  If you can slip it, reinstall the minute hand in the same position it was when you removed it.  Turn the clock until it reaches the hour and strikes.  Count the number of strikes.  Slip the hour hand to that number.  Using the minute hand, reset the clock to the proper time of day and restart the clock.  If you have any more questions, get back with me.

John Newman
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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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