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Hello,

I have a Centurion wall clock from the 60's or 70's that is missing just the pendulum and hook, the suspension is still there. I was wondering if all the Centurion wall clocks used the same movement and if they had the same length pendulum. I do not have any info on the movement other than made in Korea. I would rather not have to take the clock apart to get the number on the back but, if that is required I could do it.

Thank You.

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Brian, I believe that all of the Centurions did have the same pendulum length, but there models did vary some times.  The pendulum components consists of a suspension rod (with either a hook of horizontal bar at the bottom), a pendulum stick with a hook on top and the bob on the bottom.  Very few parts are available from suppliers of these Asian clocks.  However I will see what I can do to find you one.  I will need to know whether the suspension rod has the hook or bar on the end, and the measurement from the hook or bar down to the inside bottom of the case.  I might have a Centurion in the back of my shop and can possibly confirm the information you give me. If you will, send the information to my shop email address and I'll see what I can do.  One further note and that is that you did not tell me if you just acquired the clock.  If you don't know the history of it running or not, it could be that it might need some additional attention to get it running.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Located in 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.

Experience

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

Publications
Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Education/Credentials
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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