Clocks, Watches/Welby Clock


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I recently purchased a Welby clock second hand. It runs as nuch as 5 minutes fast for every 10 hours. How can I adjust that?

Also, I tool it to a clock repair facility, and they tell me it needs a new movement. How difficult would it be to simply replace it myself?

Attached is a picture of the movement. I cannot identify the movement. Could you help me identify it?

Larry, the movement you have was manufactured for Welby by Hermle and looks like it is their model 340-020.  There are a few reasons the movements with the floating balance regulator will get out of adjustment, some being the need for servicing, which includes disassemling, cleaning, inspecting, repairing any broken or worn parts, reassembling, lubricating and adjusting.  The floating balance regulator requires special attention, cleaning with special chemicals, demagnetizing if required and regulating.

However, there is an adjustment for regulating the floating balance. The balance wheel has a three pronged device in which you rotate to regulate.  Twelve minutes a day is a rather large error and I don't think tht would be in the range of the adjustment.  Running fast would be a result of the coils of the hairspring touching, globs of oil between them or magnetism.  These things reduce the duration of the oscillations of the balance wheel and that will cause it to run faster.  If you will reply to my clockshop email address below, I will reply with a copy of some instructions on how to adjust the regulating prongs.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

Note concerning questions not related to Allexperts:  Because of my commitment to answering Allexperts questions within a prescribed time limit and the large backlog of clock work at my shop, I regret that I cannot answer personal email questions on a timely basis, other than Allexperts follow up questions.  I will try to answer these emails as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.  

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