Clocks, Watches/urgos uw03015b


my emperor grandfather clock has a urgos uw03015b movement in it.clock is approx. 25 yrs old. It is running extremely fast.I have lengthen the pendulum as far as it will go also made adapter to drop pendulum 1 inch clock still runs extremely fast.Is there anything I can do or do I need a new movement?

         Thank you in advance

         Ron Wolfe

Ronald, you didn't tell me if it has been running okay and then just started running fast.  Normally you would need to know how fast, like 5 minutes per hour or day or week.  Then you would check to see how fast it was running after you extended the pendulum one inch.  Has it been serviced in the last 7 to 10 years?  If it just started running fast, I would think that the escapement has failed, like the teeth on the escape wheel have worn and the escapement is skipping teeth. If nothing has been changed, like the pendulum, that is about the only thing that can cause a movement to increase in speed.  There could be other problems, but the worn escape wheel or its adjustment is the most common.  If you can hear the tick tock, listen to see if there are any skips or unusual sounds coming from the escapement.  If it is very intermittent, you might not be able to catch it.  If that is the problem, it probably cannot be corrected by an adjustment.  The escape wheel might need to be replaced.  I believe that the Urgos* escape wheel has been changed, but there are quite a few of the NOS (New Old Stock) units still around.  They are a little hard to find, but I know of some possible sources.  Also, it would take an experienced clockmaker to install and adjust one, and I believe the wheel comes as a single part and would have to be mounted on the original arbor, in laymen's terms, shaft or axle.

*The Urgos company ceased making clocks quite a few years ago, but Hermle bought the parts, tooling and designs and is now producing some of the models.  The original UW03015B number is replaced by the number UW03124.  I'm not sure what the "B" revision is but we can find that out if you have to replace your movment.

Let me know what you find.

John Newman
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Prattville, Alabama

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