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Howard Miller Mantle Clock (circa 2003) has a Hermle Quartz Movement 2114 without pendulum.  It has 4/4 Westminster Chime and Bim/Bam option.  Clocked worked ok for ten years or so.  Hands now stop turning exactly when minute hand reaches the top of the hour.  Have replaced batteries.  Can hear movement operating.  Hands move until the minute hand reaches the 12 o'clock position.  Reset the time with minute hand at any other location - and minute hand/hour hand again stop when minute hand again reaches 12 o'clock position.  

Is there anything to do short of replacing the movement?  Is it a mechanical issue or are the electronics confused?

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William, probably what happened is that one of the gears in the hand drive train loosened and is not turning, even though the motor is still running.  Sometimes we have pushed in on the minute hand and tightened a joint to fix the problem, but that is rare.  I understand that Hermle has discontinued that line of movements.  I did do some checking a couple of suppliers still have some in stock.  One is Timesavers and the replacement movement numbers are #23560 or 18934 ,depending on your the mounting bushing for a 3/8" or 7/16" dial thicknesses. They do have the pendulums, but they can be easily removed.  Google them and they have an On-line catalog.  Merritts Also has them under the P-1375 series and they also have an On-line catalog.

I hope this helps.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama  

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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.

Organizations
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.

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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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