Clocks, Watches/Heinz Jauch Inc

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I recently purchased a grandmother clock from a flea market and was wondering if you could tell me something about the manufacture.  When was he in the clock business, is he still in the business.  Where were the clocks manufactured.  My clock has on the back Heinz Jauch Inc and the numbers 77272 and 255 653.  Even if you could direct me to a place to find the information.  Thanks

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Judy, the Jauch (pronounced something like, "yaok") Clock Company of course was German and I have heard that it was founded in the early 1920's.  Before I went to work for Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama in 1994, Erhard Jauch had turned the company over to Heinz Jauch, his nephew who was a former dentist.  Jauch clocks were manufactured in Germany, but they did send parts over to a small assembly plant in Daphne, Al, I believe mainly for the purpose of supplying Emperor.  But he did sell to others.  I had the occasion to visit with Dr. Jauch a few times, at his home (American), and at his assembly plant both a few miles from Emperor.

In the early to mid-1980's, Emperor phased to Hermle movements and a few years later Jauch stopped manufacturing clocks.  So most of the Jauch movements out there are at least 30 years old.  There is a history of wear with these movements, and usually the first problems will show up in the chime mechanism, slowing down and then ceasing to function.  By this time there is more wear in other areas of the movement.  I don't think that there are many clock shops that like to take them in for repair, as they have to be completely restored and customers do not want to spend that much on them.  However, I do find some that have been well maintained and are a pleasure to work on.  But I do more conversions that I do repairs on these movements. The conversion kits consist of a Hermle movement, hands, mounting shims and screws, pendulum top hook, and a heavier weight for the chime function.  If yours is running fine, that's great.  If you do have any problems with it and I might be able to help you diagnose any problems.  Just let me know.  

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
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.

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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