Clocks, Watches/Chime Not In Sync


My wife and I have recently inherited a Seth Thomas Model E658 or E659.  The only information we have on this clock are the directions.  I have not been able to find any pictures of these two models and the directions do not specify the name of the model - just the model numbers.  My problem is:  I followed the instructions on how to set the time (move minute hand counter clockwise only.  Do not wait for the clock to strike since a self-correcting device automatically coordinates the striking mechanism with the time within one hour).  However, the number of chimes is not matching up with the actual hour.  how do i tweak the "self-correcting device" to get the chimes to match the actual hour?  Thank you in advance.

Scott, I believe you are referring to the strike. If the strike count is off consistently, like two hours off each hour, turn the minute hand to the hour and count the number of strikes. Carefully slip the hour hand to that hour. That should do it. If this doesn't work, let me know. I am on my phone and not my computer. I will give you some more info later from my computer. John Newman  

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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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