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John,My clock stops running at 11:10 A.M.and same time P.M.everyday,no matter if I have it on chime cycle or off chime cycle why?Can you help me? Thank You, Stanley Wolak.

Sanley, it sounds like there is a bind, which could be a wheel (gear) with a bad tooth, a bushing that is worn or while the chime lever is jamming while being lifted at the quarter hour.  When it stops, does the minute hand seem to be binding if you gently try to move it forward a little?  This is a failure that almost has to be observed multiple times to determine the cause.  If the clock hasn't been serviced in the last 7 to 10 years, it could be a worn part.  Depending on the accessibility of removing the dial from the front of the clock with the movement still intact (some models do not allow this), and you have the capability of knowing how to remove the dial, we could look at it when it fails and I could walk you through the diagnostics.  I would also have to know the model of the movement, from information found on the back plate of the movement.  Get back with me on the above information.  Other than that, it would require the services of an experienced clockmaker.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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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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