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My clock is 31 yrs old and is one losing time (approx 90 min daily). Fresh battery installed but not doing the trick. It's not an expensive piece but has sentimental worth. There are no visible adjustment markings found. Any thoughts? Thanks for your time!

Paul, in today's economy, many of the battery powered quartz clocks are considered throw away products. The labor costs to repair them usually costs more than the clocks are worth.  The suppliers offer no diagnostics or parts. Occasionally some can be repaired.  Yours is a toss up as to whether it would be a type in which the movement can be repaired or replaced.  It is either one with a complete assembly including the movement and pendulum, or two separate units, a time only module and a pendulum module which is in the bottom.  If you can send me a photo of the front of the clock and one of the back, and if it does have a lower unit (under the base) one photo of that, I will see if I can find replacements for it.  My clock shop email address is below.  As far as you or a repair service doing the work, let's wait until we see if we can obtain parts and then we'll make some decisions about that.

John Newman
The Village Clocksmith
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Located in 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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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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