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I don't see any date codes on the movement, and it just seems very old like 1925 or so... Has Westminster chime.. 3- key holes.. Works well.

Matthew, I have never seen a Hermle movement with a regulator configuration such as yours!  The balance wheels on the later models have the escape wheel on the inside of the movement between the plates.  On yours the escape wheel is on the outside with and additional plate.  There are no markings on the movement as far as model and date in the area of the FHS (Franz Hermle and Sohns) logo.  The later models have that additional information.  I have seen the same logo on movements with an accompanying date as late as 1980.  It is a modern production movement, meaning it was manufactured since WWII.  I will say that the older movement probably would not be considered rare and would not add any value to your very nice looking clock.  I will send out an inquiry with your photos to my Internet Clocksmiths Group and see if anyone can furnish some dates and information.  

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)

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

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